Robbers denied bail

2019-05-21 06:00

Two men were denied bail when they appeared at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday 13 May in connection with a break-in at the Kensington Day Hospital.

The incident happened over two weeks ago. It is alleged the suspects stole equipment valued at R800 000. Among others, they stole heart monitors and computers.

A man was arrested after police visited and searched different addresses in Kensington, Goodwood and Summer Greens.

“Stolen goods which included heart monitors, porridge, milk, scissors and computers were seized,” a statement sent to People’s Post last week read.

A follow-up operation was later conducted and a second suspect was arrested in Kensington. A car believed to have been used during the break-in was also seized.

The Kensington Community Policing Forum (CPF) welcomed the arrests and applauded the police for their swift response.

CPF Chairperson Erika Isaacs thanked residents for their help in the arrests.

Meanwhile, minimal services were offered at the hospital as all electronic, medical equipment, as well as non-medical items, were either stolen or damaged.

Patients were being referred to the Maitland Community Day Centre and other surrounding facilities until the situation at the day hospital was normalised.

Provincial health minister Nomafrench Mbombo told People’s Post she is saddened by the incident.

“What hurts me is that the people who allegedly did this are the ones who benefit from the services provided by the facility. This also deprives other residents their right to basic health care,” she said.

At the time of going to print, various activities which included the repairing of damages to the infrastructure, acquiring new equipment for the facility and acquiring more security were underway.

Apart from the Maitland Community Day Centre, residents are urged to also make use of the Vanguard Community Health Centre.

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