The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has called on Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi to urgently publish clear guidelines
on exactly how and where workers who are regarded as essential services employees can access permits that will allow them to travel to, and from during the national lock-down that comes into effect at midnight on Thursday.
National lockdown rules require everyone to self-quarantine at home and not go out onto the streets unless as permit carrying essential services workers or can show valid reasons to the SANDF or SAPS that they need to go out and buy essential goods such as medicines, food or to seek medical attention. Violation of lock-don rules carries a hefty fine or jail time for up to 12 months.
In a related development, FEDUSA has also called on the Presidency to consider gazetting a special consideration that will allow the Department of Health and other key ministries to fill up all vacant public services posts as a matter of urgency in order to substantially increase the size of personnel available for the national effort to combat the explosion of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
FEDUSA’s call comes in the wake of deep concerns that the current levels of staffing at public health facilities which are already struggling to cope with long queues, could easily be overwhelmed if the number of locally acquired COVID – 19 infections out of the total number of confirmed infections, breach the 100 benchmark, after which they will multiply exponentially at a projected rate of 100 000 and reach 1 million infections within 40 days according to Department of estimates at the weekend.
In addition, FEDUSA is appealing to the Presidency to recall all retired health services personnel and attach them to regional Primary Health Care Centres throughout the country to help combat the spread of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
For interviews please contact:
Ms Riefdah Ajam
FEDUSA General Secretary
079 696 2625
FEDUSA Media and Research Officer
072 637 8096