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Community calls for Masakhane Clinic to be closed permanently

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This after the acting facility manager was replaced

Community members have called for the permanent closure of the Masakhane Clinic. Picture: Danie van der Lith

COMMUNITY members have called for the permanent closure of Masakhane clinic after the acting facility manager was replaced on Monday.

The gates to the clinic were locked since Tuesday.

Community members stated that they wanted the former acting manager to be permanently employed at the clinic.

“She has worked for the past 13 years at the clinic and has been acting facility manager for the past three years. She always listens attentively to our concerns and performs her duties diligently. We cannot understand why she is being replaced by someone we do not know. The clinic might as well close down permanently. We are waiting for the MEC for the Department of Health to give us answers.”

Chairperson of the Masakhane clinic committee Abel Mathe stated that no one was consulted when the facility manager was replaced.

He added that since a contractor had worked on the site, the premises were flooded with water.

“Apart from heavy rain on Tuesday night, the entrances outside as well as inside are full of water. It appears as if the water is seeping through from the foundation and walls.”

Patients were concerned that their medical files would be damaged by the water.

Representatives from the Department of Health inspected the clinic on Wednesday morning.

Spokesperson for the Department of Health Lebogang Majaha said the department had met with organised labour and staff and would provide a response on Thursday.

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