K’Listha vandals target clinics

2017-08-10 06:03
Computers were stolen and other equipment was damaged during a break in at the Kuyasa Day Centre.

Computers were stolen and other equipment was damaged during a break in at the Kuyasa Day Centre.

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Mayco Member for area east Councillor Anda Ntsondo has lambasted the incessant vandalism and burglary of clinics in Khayelitsha.

Ntsondo spoke out after a recent incident where the Kuyasa Community Day Centre was broken into.

“The Kuyasa Community Day Centre was targeted and extensive damage was caused inside the building. The wires and other equipment were cut off, ready to be removed,” he said.

This act closely follows the break-in at the Site B Youth Clinic which was vandalised in July, resulting in extensive damage.

“These incidents are just the most recent and by no small measure the first this year. At the end of May, the Town Two Community Day Centre was burgled, with extensive damage to property, while computers and medical equipment were stolen.

This was the third burglary in Town Two.

The impact of these criminal acts is widespread and potentially devastating, while the City insurer has stated that further claims could be denied led if this spate of break-ins is not halted,” he said.

Ntsondo said that the reception area was the worst affected with seven computers stolen, this prevented the staff from looking up patient information.

“This leads to delays and an increase in waiting time for the patients.

Data capturing of the work performed is also compromised, leading to poor performance against set targets.

Every time a burglary takes place, patients attending that facility on the day have to be deferred until the police investigation is concluded.

Only emergencies can be attended to, which has a negative impact on the clients,” he added.

He also explained that certain amount of valuable data is lost with every break-in and to replace the equipment stolen might take weeks, if not longer, thus jeopardising the quality of health services provided to clients.

“We have to arrange 24-hour security until the damage is repaired and the property is secured.

It also affects staff morale when their services do not seem to be appreciated.

We condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms.

The City has been spending a large sum of money on hardening its health facilities by installing palisade fencing, razor wire, perimeter beams, and security gates.

Despite our efforts, we are far from winning the battle against criminals who think nothing of the inconvenience to the community who utilise our services,” said Ntsondo.

Ntsodo has urged residents living next to these clinics to be on the lookout and report suspicious behaviour to local law enforcement authorities.

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