Thokoza clinic looted, torched overnight
Mayor Mondli Gungubele says computers and medication were stolen from the clinic.
JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele has condemned the torching of a clinic in Thokoza on Gauteng's East Rand.
The Phenduka Clinic was looted and torched overnight, allegedly by angry residents following a power outage in the area.
Gungubele says computers and medication were also stolen from the clinic.
"It's appalling and disappointing that people would decide to launch some kind of criminal activity under the auspices of a service delivery protests. Because of a power outage, they decided to burn a clinic."
Last month, residents in Vuwani in Limpopo torched more than 20 schools during a dispute over demarcations.
Residents were protesting over a decision by the Municipal Demarcation Board to incorporate the area into a new municipality.
TASK TEAM SET UP
Meanwhile, a high level Metro Police task team has been set up to investigate the overnight torching of the clinic.
The city's spokesperson, Zweli Dlamini, says the clinic was, in fact, using generators to provide essential services to patients.
"We strongly condemn such acts and we say there is no room for such violence. We appeal to the community to assist us to make sure the perpetrators are brought to book."