The EFF has vowed to mobilize communities to protest the closure of the Weltevreden Clinic in Samora Machel by the City of Cape Town.
The City of Cape Town has temporarily closed the clinic after staff were robbed at gunpoint on March 31, 2021.
The City also and withdrew water and sanitation services from Samora Machel until further notice after a staff member was shot while they were repairing a collapsed sewer pipeline on Tuesday 6 April 2020.
The City said teams will return to the area once it is safe to do so.
Mayco member for Community and Health Services, Zahid Badroodien told News24 that the decision to close the clinic was not easy.
“It pains me to see the clinic closed, but we cant have our staff putting their lives in danger,” Badroodien said.
EFF regional chairperson Unathi Ntame told the IOL that there is extreme unhappiness about the continued closure of the clinic as residents are unable to use the clinic services within their areas.
“The City of Cape Town is inviting sickness to the community and is inviting the death of residents who now are unable to fetch ARVs from that clinic.
“It’s terrible and inhumane what has been done by City of Cape Town. They need to ensure that that clinic is open as soon as yesterday. If they need to engage SAPS, to have SAPS members deployed at that clinic, then that can be done,” Ntame said.
Ntame said the EFF sympathized with the staff that have been affected by criminality that happened there, but it does not justify them closing the services in Samora Machel.