A Cape Town clinic was temporarily closed following a fatal shooting that took place at the facility on Tuesday morning. The two would-be robbers were shot and killed by an employee of the contractors that were tarring outside Gugulethu Clinic.
TWO DEAD AFTER SHOOTING INCIDENT AT CLINIC
According to News24, the incident took place at approximately 10:00 on Tuesday. Two men allegedly approached a group of contractors who were working in the parking area of Gugulethu Clinic and held them at gunpoint.
The men allegedly demanded the contractors’ cellphones before they were fatally wounded by one of the victims who was carrying a licensed firearm.
Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said a firearm that was recovered from the scene was sent for ballistics testing and police are investigating a case of business robbery.
The City of Cape Town said the patients and staff that were at the facility at the time will be given trauma counselling.
STRING OF ATTACKS AT CAPE TOWN FACILITIES
MayCo Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien, said the Gugulethu shooting was the latest in a string of incidents following events that took place at Weltevreden Valley Clinic, Crossroads 1 and Mzamomhle clinic.
“Our Health staff have become the targets of hijackings, robbery and abuse,” said Badroodien. “The clinic has security guards but the facility remains a public place for those in need and should not have been subjected to criminal activity.”
Badroodien added that it is “appalling” that the people who serve communities, especially during the pandemic, are “disregarded.”
“Nurses and doctors are the fabric that hold us together during this trying time and to put their lives at risk, especially now when we need them most, is condemned in the strongest terms,” said the councillor.
Patients were told to visit Vuyani and Masincendane Clincs for their healthcare needs while the clinic was closed.