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Friday, 11 July 2014 - 14:25

Numerous organisations have come out in support of TAC activists and community healthcare workers arrested for staging a peaceful sit-in at Bophelo House, the headquarters of the Free State Provincial Department of Health in the early hours of 10 July 2014. These include:

  • Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
  • Hospersa
  • Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
  • Amnesty International
  • Right2Know
  • South African National AIDS Council
  • Civil Society Forum
  • SECTION27
  • ...
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Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 18:47

10th JULY JOHANNESBURG – Over 150 Free State community health workers (CHWs) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) activists, arrested during the early hours of Thursday, remain in detention tonight at various police stations in Bloemfontein despite attempts to secure their release.
 
Those arrested while staging a peaceful night vigil at the Free State Department of Health headquarters Wednesday night, will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates court tomorrow (Friday) morning.
 
The TAC would like to reiterate the following:

  1. The vigil was peaceful....
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Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 14:14

This is a timeline of events over the last 24 hours of the Free State civil disobedience by activists and healthcare workers. This will be udpated here as new developments unfold. You can also follow our twitter feed for live updates @TAC #FSHealthCrisis 
 
27 June 2014
Community health workers gather at Bophelo House in Bloemfontein, the headquarters of the Free State Department of Health. Their contracts had not been renewed and they had not been offered an explanation. A meeting with a health official leads to an agreement that a meeting with Health MEC Benny Malakoane...

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 04:47

Police arrest over 100 community health workers and activists staging peaceful night vigil outside Free State Health MECs office
 
BLOEMFONTEIN, 10th July, 04H00: Over 100 community healthcare workers and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) members were arrested during the early hours of this morning by police in Bloemfontein following a night vigil sit-in at Bophelo House, the head office of the Free State Department of Health. The vigil started last night. The group, mostly elder women, have been taken to Park Road Police Station in Bloemfontein. They had...

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 20:29

MEC Malakoane must be fired

In recent months the collapse of the Free State health system has turned into a crisis with disastrous consequences for many people who depend on the province's public health system. The MEC for Health, Benny Malakoane, and the Premier of the province, Ace Mashagule, have both failed to respond with any urgency to the crisis.
 
During a sit-in at Bophelo House (the seat of the Free State Department of Health in Bloemfontein) on the 27th of June by members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and community healthcare...

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