A plethora of police stations have been forced to temporarily close this week as COVID-19 infections make their way into the South African Police Service (SAPS).
On Tuesday, The South African reported that 12 stations had closed between Monday and Tuesday in various parts of the country, and on Thursday SAPS have reported that a further 15 police stations are undergoing decontamination protocols.
The majority of closures have been forced on Gauteng offices, with the province engulfed in a rampant wave of COVID-19 cases as it assumes the role of the country’s infection epicentre.
SAPS members infected with COVID-19
One or more members attached to the SAPS have become infected in the affected stations, meaning that a full sanitation procedure will have to be implemented, with colleagues tested and phone lines temporarily unavailable.
The South African understands that the police stations that we reported to have closed earlier in the week have since been reopened at limited to full capacity.
WHICH AREAS ARE AFFECTED?
- Tshwane Metro in Centurion
- Piet Retief
Telephone services suspended, residents told to cal 10111
Telephone lines will be unavailable at the temporarily closed police stations, and community members in the various areas are urged to contact 10111 should they have urgent inquiries or concerns.
All the police stations appear to be undergoing the same set of reactionary protocols, with doors closed to the public and staff and crime-fighting services operating out of satellite units set up nearby the affected buildings.
“The building(s) will be undergoing the decontamination and the community will be informed when the station will be operational again,” said Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters.
Community members requiring police assistance are encouraged to contact their local station commanders, whose contact details can be found here.
Further updates on temporary closures can be found on the SAPS website and through their official Twitter account.