Durban clinics, vaccination sites close amid threats by rioters

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  • eThekwini clinics and vaccination sites have been closed amid unrest in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • The closures follow threats directed at health facilities in Durban.
  • Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has called for calm amid violence across the province.

Durban clinics and vaccination sites have been closed amid the ongoing violence in KwaZulu-Natal.

The eThekwini Municipality closed healthcare facilities, clinics and community vaccination sites across the city on Monday due to ongoing civil unrest.

The protests began in KwaZulu Natal last week following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma. The riots have seen highways blocked with burning debris, infrastructure damaged and at least 33 trucks torched. Since spreading to Gauteng, the riots have resulted in several deaths and more than 200 arrests.

"The municipality has closed its clinics due to threats that have been directed at health facilities in the city. The ongoing civil unrest has also affected community vaccination sites which have been unable to operate," the municipality said in a statement.

"The municipality will reassess the situation during the day and advise the public accordingly."

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Meanwhile, eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda called for calm amid the violence.

"Since the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma last week, the city continues to experience sporadic violent protests in areas such as Peacevale along the N3, Umgababa on the N2, KwaMashu, Inanda, Umlazi, Clermont, Pinetown and the CBD," Kaunda said.

"Working with the SAPS, we have developed an integrated safety plan which includes heightened police visibility in these hotspot areas. We have also activated our community structures to work with us to bring stability in the city."

Kaunda said the country was still in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has adversely affected the economy and jobs.

"We, therefore, request the residents of eThekwini to desist from embarking on violent actions which may exacerbate the economic crisis. Let us exercise restraint and prevent loss of lives and damage to property," Kaunda said.

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