Reward offered after vandalism at Cape hospital

2015-07-09 19:24
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Cape Town - Whistle-blowers who report theft or vandalism incidents at the GF Jooste Hospital site could be rewarded for their efforts, the City of Cape Town said on Thursday.

The destruction of the government facility, which was closed last year to be rebuilt, has been caught on CCTV footage.

A total of 13 incidents have been recorded within the last four weeks, they City confirmed in a statement.

Cases include suspicious people on site, possible drug offences and two people caught in possession of stolen property.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said the footage confirms there are “certainly elements who are taking advantage" of the vacated hospital site.

“Problem buildings are a big headache in the city and are known crime generators. That is why I have decided to investigate what we as the City can do to arrest the situation at GF Jooste, given that gang violence is already such a big problem in the Manenberg area,” he said.

Tip offs - including sworn affidavits, photographs or video footage, as well as clear identification of vehicles and suspects involved - which lead to the arrest or a fine being issued to the culprits could see the whistle-blower pocketing up to R1 000.

Smith confirmed Metro Police and Law Enforcement patrols in the vicinity have been increased to help secure the site.  

The hospital was decommissioned last year to be rebuilt by 2016. Staff was placed at the Mitchell’s Plain Hospital and Heideveld Emergency Centre, which was built to assist the influx of patients from the Athlone area and surrounds.

While around the clock security is on site, looters and vandals have steadily been ripping the government facility apart. 

Smith said he hoped the incentive would encourage witnesses to come forward and “lead to more arrests than the two on record”

“However, I would like to believe that people would not only be motivated by the prospect of a cash reward, but able to see that speaking out against criminal activity is the right thing to do.”

Phone 021 596 1999, 021 480 7700 or the City’s 107 Public Emergency Call Centre. 

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