A fire gutted Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo, Strand in a suspected arson attack on Cape Town’s largest clinic on Friday, 31 May 2019.
Fire and Rescue Service said they responded to the fire at approximately 2:30am on Friday morning and extinguished it just after 4am. Preliminary investigations show it was started deliberately. No injuries were reported.
Mayoral committee member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said the City of Cape Town is offering an R50 000 reward for the identity of the arsonist.
The fire totally gutted the entire pharmacy, damaged medical equipment, the roof, patient files in the records room, and chairs amongst other things. According to Badroodien, the cost of repairs is estimated at R10 million.
As a result of the extensive damage, Ikhwezi Clinic will be closed indefinitely for repairs prejudicing on average 500 patients per day, residents will have to make use of the nearby Nomzamo Community Health Centre.
Last month, shops were ransacked and looted when protests for land turned violent. Most of the businesses which were affected have not recovered.
Pictures of Ikhwezi Clinic after a fire gutted Cape Town’s largest clinic