Striking health workers led by the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) closed six clinics in Khayelitsha, including Zakhele, Kuyasa, Youth, Mayenzeke, Matthew Goniwe and Luvuyo clinic. They will march to the Civic Centre in Cape Town tomorrow.

Patients at Kuyasa Clinic, Khayelitsha, said they were attacked by the striking community health workers. “I have the flu,” said patient Gladies Ntabo. “No questions were asked, they started attacking us, vandalising clinic material, ordering people to leave the clinic.”

Ntabo said she noticed something strange when she arrived at the clinic. She said all the nurses were wearing their civilian clothes and two police vans were parked outside. “We were not even more than 30 [patients]. Nurses took our clinic cards so they can look for our folders,” she said. “As we were sitting, a group of people barged in and they started beating us. We ran … but there was no way out.”

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