Covid-19 facility at Desmond Tutu Hall torched days after opening

Covid-19 facility at Desmond Tutu Hall torched days after opening

- The City of Cape Town's hard work to open a Covid-19 facility in Khayelitsha, a hotspot, has been in vain

- The facility was torched allegedly in protest of the city blocking the erection of illegal structures

- Four suspects have now been arrested in connection with this incident at the Desmond Tutu Hall

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The brand-new clinic extension Covid-19 facility at Desmond Tutu Hall was torched on Mandela Day. The facility had been opened just a few days earlier, the City of Cape Town's response to Khayelitsha being identified as a hotspot with over 7 430 cases.

Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health at City of Cape Town, Zahid Badroodien, had spoken to Cape Talk FM:

"What was suggested at that stage was that this was connected to a group of individuals who had been prevented from erecting illegal structures in the Mfuleni area and the unhappiness of being stopped or prevented meant they then moved their anger over to our facility."

The centre had just been opened to combat Covid-19 in Khayelitsha. Image: City of Cape Town @CityofCT
Source: UGC

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Badroodien was immensely saddened by the blatant disregard for the effort undertaken after visiting the clinic after the fire:

"What saddened me most was the clinic rooms that had been stocked up. The doors had been kicked down, blood tubes and wheelchairs had been thrown around. Now, unfortunately, there will be a delay but we will try and find solutions to try and overcome this."

The Mayco member confirmed that four people had been taken into custody in connection with the fire.

Meanwhile, reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko had been embroiled in a Covid-19 PPE tender scandal. A report claimed that her husband had scored a tender worth R125 million with the Gauteng Department of Health.

While this report was denied, it was further suggested that the prices of the critical gear were grossly inflated.

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