Visitors wearing the face mask walk in a complex in Cape Town, legislative capital of South Africa, on April 2, 2021. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are among the African countries with the most COVID-19 cases in the continent, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran)
Visitors wearing the face mask walk in a complex in Cape Town, legislative capital of South Africa, on April 2, 2021. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are among the African countries with the most COVID-19 cases in the continent, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran)

The municipality of Cape Town on Friday said violence against its health staff, and continuous threat of bodily harm and trauma inflicted on those on the front line and their patients have reached “untenable levels.”

“It is unconscionable to think that the very staff who are on the front line, who put their health at risk to help others, have their lives and safety threatened while busy with their duties,” the city said in a statement.

There are many incidents of threats of violence towards health staff and patients, attempted robberies and burglaries, and the wanton destruction and vandalism of property, according to the city.

The statement was issued after an armed robbery on a clinic on Friday morning, where 15 staff members and two security guards were on duty. Both staff and patients were robbed by gunmen.

A clinic in the city remains closed after its staff members were robbed at gunpoint on March 31, while another is under threat as its patients had been robbed at gunpoint outside the facility on numerous occasions. Enditem

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