Clinic torched by 'thugs' won't be rebuilt - MEC

2014-03-26 07:59
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Protest in Bronkhorstspruit

Residents in Bronkhorstspruit have been protesting over poor public service delivery.

Pretoria - A clinic that was torched during a service delivery protest in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria, will not be rebuilt, The Star reported on Wednesday.

"My department will not be rebuilding the clinic or any other public health facility destroyed by...thugs. We will take our budget to other regions where it is needed," Gauteng health MEC Hope Papo was quoted as saying.

"The people who burnt down the R3m clinic were thugs and criminals..."

Last month, protesters set alight seven buildings in Bronkhorstspruit including the clinic, a library, a hall and a house.

They were protesting over a prepaid electricity system.

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