By Karabo Rammutla
Excitement filled the air when the old clinic building was torn down to make room for a new, modern facility.
But the joy turned to frustration as the new building, finished six years ago, stayed empty, leaving residents feeling let down.
Instead, they had no choice but to seek medical help in a worn-out tent nearby, causing even more hardship.
Determined to take action, residents tried to enter the building and set up a working clinic, but heavy security stopped them.
Despite the setback, residents are determined to return and open the clinic themselves, refusing to give up.
Tshepo Seema, a resident, expressed frustration with the lack of clear answers from authorities.
“We’ve asked different health officials in the City of Tshwane, but they keep passing the blame from one department to another,” Seema said, feeling frustrated with the confusing situation.
The residents believe the building is ready for use, and even the nurses support their cause.
“We’re tired of this tent with no privacy. We won’t let the government treat us like fools. We’ll take over our new clinic!” Seema declared passionately.
Ephraim Sole, another resident, highlighted the challenges of receiving medical care in the tent.
“The tent is freezing cold. It has holes and leaks, and everyone can hear the doctor’s diagnosis. We must keep fighting and occupy the new clinic,” Sole urged fellow residents.
Motalatale Modiba, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health, directed Scrolla.Africa to the Department of Infrastructure Development, stating that the facility hasn’t been handed over yet.
Despite trying to get more information from Victor Moreriane, an official from the infrastructure development department, no response has been received.
Pictured above: Hammanskraal residents attempting to occupy the unused clinic
Image source: Karabo Rammutla