City staffattacked

2019-02-05 06:20

City of Cape Town Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, has condemned an attack on a staff member at the Manenberg swimming pool on Wednesday 30 January.

The 31-year-old man was patrolling along the perimeter of the swimming pool just before 14:00 and noticed a section of the concrete palisade fencing had been vandalised. He then spotted a group of boys trying to gain entry to the facility through the opening.

Badroodien stated that when the man tried to close the opening, one of the boys hurled a brick at him, hitting him in the face. He was left disoriented and bleeding profusely and was taken to hospital for treatment. “The City condemns this incident in the strongest terms. It is completely unacceptable and I call on anyone in the community who might have any information about this incident to please report it to the police. I’d like to wish our staff member a speedy recovery and will ensure that he receives the necessary support from the City’s employee assistance programme,” said Badroodien.

This is the second incident at the Manenberg swimming pool in the last two weeks.

Last week, three vehicles belonging to a contractor who was working at the swimming pool were stoned.The Law Enforcement Department has advised that the swimming pool be closed as it is not safe. The Recreation and Parks Department will make a final determination in this regard soon. “This is a most unfortunate development, considering the fact that we have been able to extend the operating times of 13 outdoor swimming pools that were open to the public this summer,” said Badroodien.

The swimming pools opened on 1 December 2018 and were initially meant to close at the end of January, but due to a system of backwashing and reuse of water it allows the facility to comply with the requirements of the current Level 3 water restrictions.

Badroodien said additional funding has been secured to extend the lifeguards’ contracts. This means the swimming pools will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends until the end of the Easter weekend.

The following swimming pools will remain open to the public until Monday 22 April:Atlantis, Langa, Khayelitsha, Mnandi, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Goodwood, Vulindlela, Emthonjeni, Hanover Park, Manenberg, Muizenberg and Eastridge.

The pools will be open during the following times: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (13:00 – 17:00).Saturdays and Sundays (10:00 – 17:00)

“The City’s four indoor pools in Blue Downs, Retreat, the Strand and Long Street, as well as the Sea Point swimming pool, will remain open to the public daily, as is the norm,” concluded Badroodien.

City of Cape Town Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, has condemned an attack on a staff member at the Manenberg swimming pool on Wednesday 30 January.

The 31-year-old man was patrolling along the perimeter of the swimming pool just before 14:00 and noticed a section of the concrete palisade fencing had been vandalised. He then spotted a group of boys trying to gain entry to the facility through the opening.

Badroodien stated that when the man tried to close the opening, one of the boys hurled a brick at him, hitting him in the face. He was left disoriented and bleeding profusely and was taken to hospital for treatment. “The City condemns this incident in the strongest terms. It is completely unacceptable and I call on anyone in the community who might have any information about this incident to please report it to the police. I’d like to wish our staff member a speedy recovery and will ensure that he receives the necessary support from the City’s employee assistance programme,” said Badroodien.

This is the second incident at the Manenberg swimming pool in the last two weeks.

Last week, three vehicles belonging to a contractor who was working at the swimming pool were stoned.The Law Enforcement Department has advised that the swimming pool be closed as it is not safe. The Recreation and Parks Department will make a final determination.

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