More SAPS stations close after members test positive for COVID-19

More SAPS stations close after members test positive for COVID-19

After three police stations were closed on Monday due to COVID-19 infections being detected among members, a further five SAPS offices have been closed on Tuesday 30 June as confirmed cases continue to rise rapidly nationwide. 

Three SAPS stations in Gauteng were closed, with others in Mpumalanga and the Free State also temporarily closing its doors. 

Which areas are affected? 

The following police stations have been reported to have have shut down temporarily on Monday and Tuesday:

Gauteng:

  • Diepsloot
  • Florida
  • Bedfordview

Mpumalanga:

Northern Cape:

North-West:

Free State:

  • Kroonstad
  • Allanridge
  • Bethulie

SAPS offices being decontaminated 

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. 

In Gauteng, police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said that the police stations would undergo decontamination protocols. 

“All communities serviced by Diepsloot police station are advised that the police station has been temporarily closed after one of its members tested positive for COVID-19.”

“The Community Service Centre will be operating from Metro police department office, opposite Diepsloot police station, Corner Buffalo and Ingonyama Street, extension 2.”

He said that Florida police station services would operate out of the Fleurhof Recreational Center, at Malacite Street, Old Fleurhof, with Bedfordview services operating from SAPS Mobile Container office situated at Bedfordview Police Station. 

One member tested positive in both Florida and Bedfordview’s offices. 

“The building(s) will be undergoing decontamination and the community will be informed when the station(s) will be operational again,” he said. 

In North-west, the Klerksdorp police station is undergoing similar protocols, with one member having tested positive.

“The old building is currently undergoing decontamination while members that have come in contact with the infected member/s are undergoing screening and testing,” said police spokesperson  Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone.

“The community will be informed when the station will be operational again.”

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