Ekurhuleni Mayor condemns torching of Thokoza clinic

It’s understood Phenduka Clinic was torched because it had electricity, while residents sat in the dark.

FILE: Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele has described the torching of a Thokoza clinic as a senseless crime of thuggery.

It's understood community members were angry because the Phenduka Clinic had electricity on Tuesday night, while residents sat in the dark.

The clinic had capacity to help 6,500 patients.

Computers and medication were also stolen from the facility and a high level metro police task team has been set up to investigate.

Gungubele says those responsible will be arrested.

"Once people are unhappy about service delivery, it's my suspicion that criminals take advantage of that, and use that anger."

Yesterday, the city's spokesperson, Zweli Dlamini, said 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."