As the death toll from the dreaded coronavirus reaches 1,000 in China alone, fear has gripped South African post office workers.
The workers have refused to handle packages coming from China unless they are issued with protective masks and gloves.
Joanne Joseph speaks to Communication Workers Union (CWU) president Clyde Mervin about their concerns.
We are very concerned about the coronavirus, in particular, the parcels which we are handling on a day to day basis from China.— Clyde Mervin, President - Communication Workers Union
We are busy talking to the Post Office, saying that all those parcels we can not handle them. The Post Office wants to provide masks and gloves for people to use but I think it's not efficient, we think is not sufficient.— Clyde Mervin, President - Communication Workers Union
Mervin says they want a doctor to examine the parcel and certify they are safe to handle.
We want to make sure our people are protected.— Clyde Mervin, President - Communication Workers Union
Listen to the full interview below...