22 March 2023 | 09:31 AM

UPDATE: Nurses’ union linked to Tembisa Hospital CEO faces deregistration

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Key Takeaways

The union in question, the Young Nurses’ Indaba Trade Union has now been notified by the registrar of labour relations of its intention to deregister the union.

In a letter of 28 September, the registrar wrote “the organization [YNITU] ceased to function in terms of its constitution. As a result thereof the organisation ceased to function as a genuine trade union as envisaged in the [labour relations act].”

The union leadership has 60 days to make representations to the registrar as to why YNITU should not be deregistered.

AmaBhungane’s initial investigation cast doubt on the legitimacy of the union’s 2021 elective congress that saw a faction loyal to Lerato Mthunzi, the wife of embattled Tembisa Hospital CEO Ashley Mthunzi, take power.

In response to questions, the office of the registrar told amaBhungane that” On the basis of the information presented” to it, it found that the congress was “illegitimate”.

Read amaBhungane’s original report here.

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Aisha Abdool Karim

Aisha is a freelance science and health reporter. She is joining the amaB team to work on a project about water and sanitation. Aisha’s passion for long-form narrative and investigative journalism was sparked while doing her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York. After graduating in 2018, she returned to South Africa and began working as a general beat reporter for the Daily Maverick. Aisha joined the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in 2020 to focus on science reporting. During her time there, she covered the COVID-19 pandemic extensively — from fact-checking harmful medical misinformation to unpacking the science behind vaccine development. Aisha’s special interests include analysing health systems and in-depth coverage of public health issues and infectious diseases. She also loves spreadsheets and digging through data.

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