Another clinic set alight during protests

It’s understood a group doused the building in petrol and set it alight while nurses and patients were inside.

FILE: The Gauteng Health Department has condemned the attacks. Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents in Finetown, south of Johannesburg, partially burnt down a local clinic during a service delivery protest on Thursday.

It's understood a group of youngsters doused it with petrol and set it alight.

The Gauteng Health Department said nurses and patients who were inside the premises managed to escape unharmed and one critical patient was transferred to a nearby clinic for treatment.

The department's Prince Hamnca has condemned the attack.

"The department wants to condemn in the strongest terms the burning of public facilities, including clinics, by members of the community this morning who protested in Finetown. This is indeed a worrying trend for the department."

It's the second facility torched by residents in Gauteng in the last 24 hours.

On Wednesday, a clinic in Tembisa, on the East Rand, was also partially burnt, along with eleven vehicles parked inside the gates by protesters.