Authorities seem unwilling to answer questions about the reason Johannesburg’s first responders were paid less than half of their salaries in April. Some firefighters, who also operate ambulances, say they don’t have enough money to get to work. Health workers said they did not even receive a warning so they could stop their debit orders from going through. Even so, their bosses allegedly expect them to work under extremely difficult conditions.
One health worker who asked to remain anonymous said they are expected to work in the absence of sanitisers and personal protection equipment. There’s also been a shocking claim that emergency service workers have never been tested for the virus, despite working in high-risk situations.
City of Johannesburg’s spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane called the information “fake news” but then said EMS personnel will be paid next month. Modingaone asked eNCA to reveal the sources behind the story, and refused to comment further on the issue.
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They say the more you keep quiet about something, it slowly eats you up without you even realizing it. Actress Nomzamo Mbatha decided to break the silence and share her feelings about her sister committing suicide, she finally found the strength to “silence the shame”.
An emotional Nomzamo took to Instagram to pour out her heart for the whole world to see. She openly shared how finding her baby sister in her family garden after she had taken her own life is still a tragedy that haunts her to this day. Read more