THE Eastern Cape Health Department is "fully behind" Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's decision to recall 12 of the province's medical students after they went on an illegal strike while studying in Cuba.
"We are very disappointed," provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said.
"These students were destitute until we rescued them. They had absolutely nothing and we gave them a chance to study. We paid for everything. We collect them, pay for their accommodation, their food, their tuition. We give them a monthly stipend of $200 (R1770).
"One of our students also landed in trouble for undermining a professor at the university. He told him that he was 'earning' four times as much as he did. The professor was paid a salary of $50 (R442)."
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