13 April 2015
The City of Cape Town said it experiences a tough time to
keep the health services, due to the ongoing crime and gang-related violence.
Mayoral Committee Member for Health
Siyabulela Mamkeli said numerous incidents have been reported, including staff
being hijacked or threatened by gang members, rival gangs clashing inside
facilities, or constant shooting in the area surrounding clinics.
The City said the recent protests
linked to the land invasions in Khayelitsha forced the early closure of both
the Nolungile and Site C Youth Clinic.
Mamkeli said he wants to engage with
his safety and security counter parts about who is able to assist in safe
guarding our facilities but we cannot get anywhere without the help of our
Mamkeli said the criminals who
target clients and staff, the vandals who leave clinics in darkness and the
gang members who show little regard for anyone caught in cross-fires are no
Mamkeli said the criminals live in
the very communities they terrorise and so every law abiding citizen has a duty
to speak against the small minority who is making life difficult for the
Labels: On-going gang violence hindering health services in the Cape