The security ministers met today and assessed the security situation at public institutions in the context of the public servants' strike. They noted, and condemned, the acts of intimidation that had occurred at various places across the country, including at hospitals and schools, affecting amongst others health workers and teachers who were not on strike, and disrupting learning.
The ministers decided to deploy members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to hospitals and schools to ensure the safety of workers and that of learners, patients and the public.
Government would like to reassure all public servants who wish to go to work and all members of the public who need to visit public hospitals that they will be able to do so without fear of intimidation. All public schools will be open and learners will be able to attend school, as they are expected to do, without fear of intimidation.
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