Gauteng Health Department

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Gauteng Health Department wins court bid to evict protestors

A group of people had been illegally occupying the Tshwane Health District Services office in Pretoria, demanding to be employed

Gauteng Health Department

Stock photo of a hospital corridor – Image: Canva

The High Court in Pretoria has granted the Gauteng Department of Health an interdict against a group of people who had
illegally occupied the Tshwane Health District Services office in Pretoria CBD for almost two weeks.

“The unlawful occupation of district offices affected operations as staff had to report to work at other health facilities across the district. The illegal occupation was reported to the South African Police Services and despite several visits to the building, the police were unable to remove the protesters,” said the department’s Motalatale Modiba.

The matter even prompted the department to approach the courts and was granted an interdict on Friday, 22 July 2022. The protestors were finally evicted the next day.


According to the Gauteng Department of Health, the group of protestors were demanding to be employed by the district. The
department had previously embarked on an extensive consultative process which involved contract employees, unions, and the Provincial Treasury.

The process resulted in more than 8600 Community Health Workers who were on contract being changed to permanent posts, in July 2020.

“We have noted that since the appointments were effected, following the conclusion of the verification processes, the department started receiving requests from people claiming to have been CHWs at some point. GDoH wishes to extend its appreciation to the district employees for their patience during this difficult period and want to reassure them that their safety remains a priority”

Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson Motalatale Modiba