Tribunal to probe axing of 728 KwaZulu nurses

Edward West, Business Day, February 20, 2007 Durban - KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Neliswa Nkonyeni has given the tribunal she appointed on Friday at least two months to investigate the provincial health department’s dismissal of 728 nurses for an alleged unlawful strike. The sacking of the nurses who went on strike from January 22 to February 2 in protest against not receiving rural allowances has led to a public outcry in the province, with fears of inadequate delivery of services to rural communities. Nkonyeni appointed three advocates - Edward Ngubane, Comfort Ngidi and Larry Seethal - to the tribunal. Terms of reference have been agreed and the tribunal will conduct its investigations in nine hospitals in the province, with hearings to start soon. ... Tribunal