Thugs rob clinic

Matthew Goniwe clinic staff were robbed by four men but the facility is still operating.

Harare police, in Khayelitsha, have launched a manhunt after a local clinic, Matthew Goniwe, was robbed last Thursday October 3, leaving the staff traumatised.

Police say four armed men held up security officers, taking mobile phones, computers, and the nurses’ epaulettes before fleeing.

Residents who live near the facility say the cheeky criminals are flaunting the epaulettes in the streets of Makhaza.

The City of Cape Town Health Department confirmed that the criminals entered the clinic grounds and not only robbed the staff but also vandalised parts of the building.

When Vukani visited the facility the following day, the clinic was operating.

Speaking to Vukani, neighbours to the clinic have pleaded with members of the public who may have information about the robbery to assist police. The concerned residents say they hope police will make arrests soon.

One resident said criminals in the area are not making it easy for workers to serve their communities. He said they have been making people’s working lives hell.

“They (the criminals) have been seen wearing the nurses’ epaulettes around the area. As residents we have to help the police to find them. This is not on. This facility is ours and helps us,” he said.

He called for community members to protect the clinics and other places by reporting suspicious behaviour and not to support criminal activities by buying stolen property.

Sergeant Wesley Twigg, spokesperson for the Western Cape SAPS, confirmed that Harare police are investigating a business robbery at the medical facility in Makhaza.

Anyone with any information about this incident can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.