Gangs keep clinic closed

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A CLINIC in Hanover Park forced to shut its doors last month be­cause of a surge in gang shoot­ings is to re­main closed un­til next year be­cause of con­tin­u­ing vi­o­lence.

A satel­lite clinic set up in New­fields, on the out­skirts of the area, will in­stead cater for its pa­tients.

Yes­ter­day the city’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for health, Siyab­ulela Mamkeli, said a re­quest had been made for law en­force­ment of­fi­cers to pa­trol the per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary clinic sites. They would look again at the sit­u­a­tion in Jan­uary.

“Once again I would like to apol­o­gise to the af­fected clients for the in­con­ve­nience, but ul­ti­mately it’s a case of safety first,” Mamkeli said.

“Our staff mem­bers have been very un­set­tled by the vi­o­lence in the area and it has im­pacted on their abil­ity to de­liver qual­ity ser­vices.

“We need to man­age the sit­u­a­tion sen­si­tively and sen­si­bly to avoid a re­cur­rence in fu­ture, which is why we are giv­ing our­selves some space to plot the way.”

Gang vi­o­lence has surged in Hanover Park, Laven­der Hill and Ot­tery. The clinic closed dur­ing the first week of Novem­ber this year be­cause a group of gang­sters tried to force their way into the clinic to get to a ri­val gang mem­ber be­ing treated there.

Yes­ter­day the city said that it was de­cided that the clinic would not re­open un­til pos­si­bly the end of Jan­uary.

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