Nehawu, however, is an affiliate of Cosatu, which is part of the ANC tripartite alliance.
The ANC government is, through its Gauteng government, responsible for the running of hospitals and their governance.
The governing party purports to be a caring government.
It also makes a claim to be responsive to the needs of society.
If all of this is true, why is the health department, under the tutelage of the ANC, failing to attend to the union's demands?
Why this tardiness by the ANC-led health department?
Surely, as the senior alliance partner, the ANC had a duty to help avert the catastrophe that threatened to overwhelm patients and babies when chaos broke out at the hospital.
Let us turn to Nehawu and its threat, as expressed by one of its own on Thursday, to render the hospital ungovernable.
Viewed from any angle, the threat represents an act of hooliganism.
Hospitals restore life to those who are on the verge of losing it.
Chapter 2 of South Africa's Bill of Rights is explicitly clear: "Everyone has the right to life."