According to reports, police have arrested four suspects for arson after the Desmond Tutu Community Hall was set alight during a protest in Khayelitsha over the weekend.
It is believed that the protest erupted after law enforcement officials tore down structures in a newly formed informal settlement in Makhaza. The informal structures had reportedly been illegally erected on municipal land.
Speaking on the piece of land in question, Malusi Booi, Mayco member for Human Settlements said, “It’s city-owned land that is earmarked for development. We will be building and getting a contractor on-site, but now they are trying to invade that particular site,”.
Mayco member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien, called on the community to report those that were involved in the torching of the facility to the SAPS. He said “The city cannot continue to repair facilities that have been destroyed by a selfish few. We cannot condone this criminal behaviour.”
Badroodien said the clinic would have assisted with treatment, testing, and isolation for COVID-19 positive patients.
The Khayelitsha Development Forum’s Ndithini Tyhido has condemned the attack saying, “Any protest should be allowed to happen, but all protests must be conducted in a peaceful manner. We see this as an attack on the community of Khayelitsha,”.