It was a sad experience for the health officials who were taken unawares by the group.
Senior KwaZulu-Natal health department officials‚ including head of department Musa Gumede‚ were reportedly held hostage by a rogue “business forum” in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday afternoon.
A department official‚ who would not be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media‚ confirmed that a bunch of people disrupted a meeting that was taking place at the Natalia building in the Pietermaritzburg CBD.
Gumede told journalist “I’m now fine‚ thanks.”
According to a Twitter account the group demanded tenders and the reinstatement of a suspended supply chain management official.
However‚ the department source said that it “wasn’t a healthy situation” and that police had been called in. It is understood that police officers were in the room while the business forum’s grievances were being aired.
Department spokesman Agiza Hlongwane said a full statement would be issued later on Thursday.
This is a developing story.