The South African Medical Association says unpaid doctors will not show up for work until their January salaries have been paid.

The association says without their salaries doctors are unable to pay for transport to report for duty.

The no-show includes 48 health care professionals from various hospitals and clinics in Gauteng, five from the Eastern Cape and several others from various provinces.

The organisation says a total of 222 professionals from Gauteng alone have not been paid.

The associations Eddie Ngwenya says, “All doctors who are not yet paid; rather, all healthcare professionals who are still not paid will be put on special leave, understanding that they’re unable to reach work.”