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SA army tries to keep hospitals open during strike

South Africa's security forces have been deployed at hospitals as unions defy a court order to keep essential services open during strike action.

The army has sent medical teams to 37 hospitals around the country to try and keep emergency health services open. Some one million civil servants began their strike last Wednesday, in a dispute over pay.

The government on Saturday obtained an injunction against the strike, which the unions immediately condemned.

Karen Allen reports.

  • 23 Aug 2010
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