Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has defended her department's actions in dealing with a strike by social workers, saying they did everything in their power to prevent any loss of life.
The department confirmed that a six-month-old baby girl died due to the impact of the national strike by National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members.
It's understood 90 children were transferred from government care facilities to non-governmental organisations around Gauteng on Friday.
Social workers around the country are demanding better working conditions.
Mayathula-Khoza says Singalakha Sonamazi was moved from the Walter Sisulu Youth and Healthcare Centre in Soweto on Friday and was doing well.
“Singalakha Sonamazi received all the necessary medical and childcare services.”
Mayathula-Khoza says while the baby suffered from foetal alcohol syndrome the exact cause of her death is unknown at this stage.
“Let us state that it’s not clear what caused the little girl’s death.”
The Social Development MEC says while workers have a right to protest, she's disappointed in the manner in which Nehawu members have handled the dispute.