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HUNDREDS of striking doctors in KwaZulu-Natal vowed yesterday to defy a court interdict instructing them to go back to work - or face dismissal.
They picketed at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine yesterday despite a labour court order obtained by the province's health department on Friday "preventing" them from doing so.
Despite some of them receiving dismissal letters the strikers said they would not budge. Police monitored the scene.
The health department obtained a court interdict and gave striking doctors an ultimatum to return to work on Sunday or face dismissal.
The strike's effect on health institutions and patients is not yet known. The department's operations manager, Nhlanhla Nkosi, was not available since he was at meetings the whole day.
Doctors lashed eThekwini Community Church Pastor Vusi Dube for accusing them of "chasing money" and forgetting to save the lives". "He should do his job as pastor not as politician," said one doctor.
lSapa reports that doctors at some state hospitals in Mpumalanga were still on strike yesterday.
Out of 81 doctors employed at Rob Ferreira Hospital in White River 54 reported for work. At Themba Hospital at KaBokweni, also in White River, 20 of 96 doctors showed up. In Komatipoort no local doctors arrived for work at the Tonga Hospital. - Sapa