Chaos at Pretoria old age home By Protesting EFF Members

An old age home for frail care services has been disturbed in a protest by EFF members in Pretoria Central.

Head of AfriForum’s community safety Ian Cameron said between 50 to 60 protesters, wearing EFF clothing, gathered in front of the Huis Davidtz home on Wednesday.

He said that they were allegedly protesting because of a complaint they received from one of the staff members from the home.

“The complaint was about salaries,” he said.

“Some of the protesters are apparently caregivers and nurses protesting about labour issues.”

Cameron said protesters gained access to the facility in an illegal manner between 9:00 and 10:00 and were still protesting by 15:15.

“Some of the protesters entered the home and chased some of the personnel out,” he said.

“They refuse to give personnel access to take care of the elderly.”

Police spokesperson Captain Augustinah Selepe said the police were monitoring the scene.

She described the protest as calm and added that no one have been injured.

Leonora Strydom, the owner of the home, said that in the 42 years she has worked at the home, her labour issues have always been in order.

She said their lawyer was busy with an interdict against the protesters.

Strydom thanked everyone who came to help.

“Volunteers came to feed and help the elderly from the home,” she said.

“It was wonderful to see; they came from everywhere.”

The EFF could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.

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