A medical depot was petrol bombed in Mthatha and drugs valued at R13 million were destroyed, the Eastern Cape health department said today.
“We suspect the motive was to destroy evidence as we are busy with stock taking, something that was not done for many years at the depot,” said spokesman Sizwe Kupelo.
He said the depot was bombed on Monday night and the fire had destroyed antiretroviral and Tuberculosis drugs.
MEC Sicelo Gqobana has asked the provincial police commissioner to establish a task team to investigate the incident, he said.
He explained that the MEC ordered a forensic investigation into pharmaceutical services after clinics and hospitals complained that medicine was not distributed on time and when they arrived there were always shortages.
The Mthatha depot supplies state hospitals and clinics in the eastern part of the province with drugs.