The union has hailed the strike as a success for forcing the government back into the bargaining council and securing gains for their members before this year’s wage negotiations even begin.
Nehawu says they have complied with the court order but are continuing with the strike with the South African Policing Union (Sapu) set to join the strike later this week.
The indefinite strike by the union is set to resume on Tuesday this week.
The police became heavy handed as they tried to prevent the strikers from blocking the entrances to Khayelitsha District Hospital.
The union is appealing an interdict against their strike action and spent the first day rallying workers in Khayelitsha’s public facilities to join the strike.
The finance minister would deny in his speech that he was presenting an austerity budget, but confirmed the expectations of public sector unions and the unemployed who marched in Cape Town against budget austerity.
The united front last year of public sector unions has fractured, with Fedusa unions planning on returning to the negotiating table while Cosatu and Saftu-affiliated unions are readying for strike action.
The unions have given the government seven days to respond positively to their memorandum or face further strike action.
As public sector unions embarked on a strike on Tuesday in major centres around the country, they have threatened a full-blown strike on the 2nd of December if their demands are not met.
The public sector unions are planning a nationwide strike on Tuesday next week that will involve essential workers.