Consideration of life must be the preeminent issue - Xolani Gwala

702’s Xolani Gwala says many people must account for the death of a six-month old baby at an NGO in Roodepoort.

The Gauteng Social Development department confirmed on Wednesday that baby Singalakha Sonamazi died after being moved from the Walter Sisulu Child Care and Youth Centre in Soweto to an NGO due to an ongoing strike by Nehawu members.

On Wednesday Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba said the department should have made alternative plans in February when they learnt about the strike.

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has appealed to union leaders involved in the social workers strike and government to urgently reach an agreement in order to prevent further loss of life.

Gwala says Nehawu must account.

Mayathula-Khoza must prove to all of us now that she did everything possible to prevent this death from happening and she took all the necessary contingency measures.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

At the same time the union must account for this.They must say yes you are allowed to strike but not at the expense of lives.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

After the preventable deaths of more than 100 people from Life Esidimeni you would have thought that people would tread very carefully around how they deal particularly with the most vulnerable in our society.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

These strikes must be conducted according to the law and that first and foremost consideration of life must be the preeminent issue.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

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