Attacks on community facilities cannot be tolerated.
There have been two armed robberies at community facilities this month - the latest being an attack on the Nyanga library this past Friday.
Our clinics, libraries and recreational facilities have long been the target of vandals and thieves, but this apparent new trend of
armed robbery is something else completely, and definitely cause for concern.
The brazen nature of these attacks is absolutely shocking.
It makes it incredibly difficult to deliver quality services in our communities who rely most on the City's basket of services, but also our staff who are left traumatised and scared to return to work,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.
On Friday, 10 June 2022, two men posed as patients to gain entry onto the grounds of the Mzamomhle Clinic in Brown's Farm, Philippi.
They held two security guards at gunpoint and robbed them of their belongings.
Other security staff who witnessed the incident raised the alarm for the doors to be closed,
but one of the suspects managed to get into the facility and attempted to rob one of the clients.
Law Enforcement and SAPS were called and arrived promptly, but the suspects managed to get away.
Fortunately no one was injured.
This past Friday, 17 June 2022, five gunmen held up and robbed staff at the Nyanga Library.
Staff were robbed of their personal belongings, including cell phones and cash.
The men also fled with desktop computers and a television set.
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