On Friday staff at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital embarked on a two-hour protest against the redeployment of hospital chief executive Arthur Manning.
They said Manning, who was removed from the hospital on September 10 and ordered to report to head office, was a champion for transformation.
The protesters - under the banner of Nehawu - sacrificed their lunch break to make their demands known.
"We demand the reinstatement of Manning. The reasons for his redeployment led us to conclude that the department of health does not want transformation," Lorma Nkete of Nehawu said.
She said staff members were unhappy because they were not consulted.
Manning's redeployment came after the hospital was exposed for keeping newborn babies in cardboard boxes and an outbreak of an infection that killed five babies.