Security addressed following shooting

2018-07-24 06:00

Security will be beefed up at the Eastridge Clinic following a shooting on Monday last week.

“At about 10:45 officers received a compliant of a shooting incident at the hospital and on their arrival they found a 23-year-old man lying inside the hospital who had been fatally shot,” says Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson, Sergeant Jerome Voegt.

“It is alleged that the deceased was at the maternity reception area when he was shot multiple times by an unknown suspect.

“It also believed that the suspect fled the scene on foot.”

After a short investigation, later that Monday, police arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the murder.

While the motive for the murder is still under investigation, officials believe the shooting to be gang related.

The clinic is a City of Cape Town-owned facility.

Mayco member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith, commended police for their swift response and investigation.

“[The arrest] is cold comfort to the victim’s family and the staff and patients who were left traumatised by the incident, but we hope that it will serve as a warning to others who think that they can act with impunity and put the lives of innocent people at risk,” said Smith in a statement.

The staff at the facility have since received trama counselling.

While the clinic has been reopened, Smith says they will look into the security at the clinic following the shooting.

“We will revisit security arrangements at the facility in the wake of this incident – budget dependent – although it must be said that there are few security measures that will serve as a deterrent to such a brazen attack as the one witnessed [on Monday],” he says.

The Eastridge Clinic complies with the National Health Department’s Ideal Clinic Framework for Primary Healthcare Facilities which requires clinics to have a dedicated security guard on site or an alarm system installed that is linked to armed response.

The Eastridge Clinic staff also have panic buttons linked to the City’s Law Enforcement Rapid Response Unit.

The suspect has since appeared in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on related charges.

The investigation continues­.

V Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Randall Davids, on 082 777 8076 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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