Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo lit a candle at Tygerberg Hospital to honour and celebrate those who put their lives at risk every day to save ours -- our healthcare workers.
"The world needs nurses more than any other time.
"Nurses are a voice to lead, and the theme it talks about the nurse leading especially now it’s the time of the COVID," said Mbombo.
But the ceremony quickly took a turn when unhappy hospital nursing staff arrived in their numbers.
This on the back of the loss one of their colleagues to COVID-19 just this week.
"I don't feel like celebrating, because I'm in grief, I'm grieving about the members, I'm grieving about the nursing staff laying there in hospital fighting for their lives," said Amina Pinto, one of the nurses.
South Africa has recorded 11,350 COVID-19 cases and 206 deaths.
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