Break in at Lenasia South Clinic the latest attack on City’s health facilities

Health facilities in the City of Johannesburg are under attack from brazen criminals as more and more clinics continue to fall victim to break-ins.

In the latest incident, Lenasia South Civic Centre Clinic was broken into in the early hours of Tuesday, 08 January 2019. According to the Ward Councillor, Vinay Choonie, the armed unit responded to an alarm that was triggered around 2 am. When they arrived at the scene, one of the three guards who were on duty told them that it was a false alarm and that everything was fine. As a result, the armed response unit left the scene without inspecting the entire perimeter of the facility.

The burglars gained entry to the building by removing glass from the window frames. They then proceeded to dig a hole in one of the walls and broke the burglar doors. Among the stolen items are ten computers- five from the clinic, two from the sports and recreation office and three from the library, as well as a microwave from the ward councillors’ office. 

Cllr Choonie said that the number of break-ins at this centre are concerning. 

The councillor said the break-in at the civic centre, would greatly impact service delivery. For now, patients have been directed to the Lenasia South Community Health Centre, a provincial clinic.

The incident has been reported to police and is under investigation.

MMC for Health and Social Development, Councillor Mpho Phalatse has strongly condemned the incident.

She said that while some fight for the rights of all South Africans to have access to healthcare, including reproductive health as enshrined in Section 27 of the Constitution, others work just as hard to undo any gains realized.

“Every act of vandalism in our healthcare facilities is a direct attack on our freedom to exercise these rights. We will be partnering with the city’s Group Forensic Investigation Services Unit to ensure perpetrators are apprehended, and that an example is made of them that such acts will not go unpunished,” said MMC Phalatse

Last week, the Claremont Clinic that is being refurbished was burgled by a group of men whose intention was to strip the clinic of valuable items.  The group of burglars only managed to get away with two fire extinguishers, before they were chased away by security guard.  The burglary was foiled and the matter was reported to the police.

A week before,  the City of Joburg Health Department was forced to destroy vaccines following yet another criminal act  where electrical cables were stolen at Westbury Clinic that resulted in power failure.

Just two weeks ago, the same clinic was plunged into darkness when thieves’ attempted to tamper with the main cable failed to cut the main power supply to the clinic

Lesego Mathibela

Stakeholder Manager, Office of the MMC for Health and Social Development

Tel: (011) 4076725

Mobile: 061 497 8286

E-mail: LesegoMat@joburg.org.za 

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