Cape clinic destroyed, torching suspected

Staff Writer | Jun 02, 2019
The largest clinic run by the City of Cape Town – in Strand – has been destroyed by fire thought to have been started by arsonists.

Remains of petrol bombs were reportedly found in the blackened interior of the Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo township in Strand, which burnt down on Thursday night.

Damage is estimated at R10 million. The City said the clinic, which had the biggest cohort of patients on antiretroviral treatment, saw about 500 people a day.

The facility is in an area recently afflicted by land protests, which led to the ransacking and looting of local shops, and the occupation of open land. 

However, one of the land occupiers, Moleleki Fulumane, said the torching of the clinic had nothing to do with the occupiers. ‘We are against the destruction of property and we are only occupying the land. We will work with the police to find those responsible for this,’ he is reported to have said. 

On the same night as the attack on the clinic, the office of local councillor Simthembile Mfecane was also vandalised. The door was forced open and pig feed was strewn inside. 

Mfecane claimed the City ‘have been dragging their feet’ on the ‘land issue’, adding: ‘This issue no longer needs the police. As the community we need to discuss what must happen for the arsonist to stop.’

The City is offering a reward of R50 000 for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire. 

 

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