About 100 doctors, operating in the Nelson Mandela Bay, including 50 doctors based within the Motherwell SAPS Cluster, held a peaceful march to the Motherwell police station where they handed over a Memorandum of Demands for better security.
The doctors said they decided to bring attention to their plight after many of them fell victim to armed robberies and housebreakings in the area during the past two months.
In a recent incident, which happened last week at the New Brighton Clinic, in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, cables and clinic equipment were reportedly stolen by criminals.
The march started from Njoli Square, in Kwazakhele, and ended at the Motherwell police station, along Tyinira Road, where the doctors handed over their Memorandum of Demands.
According to the Motherwell Cluster, police spokesperson, Andre Beetge, the memorandum was accepted by the Motherwell Station Commander, Brigadier Ernie.
“The memorandum follows after some doctor practices fell victim to armed robberies and housebreakings during the past two months. The memorandum was received by Motherwell Station Commander, Brigadier Ernie Neveling,” Beetge said.
He said that, while addressing the doctors, Brigadier Neveling highlighted that their cases were being investigated and increased police patrols around the doctors’ practices have been considered.
“We also urge our doctors to join hands with the Community Police Forums (CPF) in their respective areas to ensure that they take more preventative measures in safeguarding their practice premises,” Beetge said.