Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato says he was shocked to learn that a brand new Covid-19 facility in Khayelitsha was set on fire on Saturday.
Illegal occupiers were apparently responsible for the fire.
Plato said the clinic was set up in record time at a cost of almost R1 million and opened in Makhaza earlier this week. It had to test, treat and, if necessary, isolate some of the most vulnerable Covid-19 positive patients.
“The destruction of this important facility is the price paid for vandalism and illegal protests. “I am really disgusted by the criminal activity and the city will do everything possible to ensure that those responsible are punished,” said Plato.
He called on the police to identify the perpetrators and arrest them.
“It is depressing to think that nothing is sacred to some criminals – not a church, a park for children, or as we have seen today, a medical facility built to serve the poorest of communities in the most desperate circumstances.
“Where will the residents be tested without the facility, where will they receive treatment or stay in isolation? These are the questions that those responsible do not think about or care about. “Their insensitive actions could endanger entire communities,” said Plato.
According to the mayor, the future of the clinic must now be considered. It was a much-needed facility built in response to Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s call on local governments to prepare for the rise in Covid-19 infections.