A series of police stations have been forced to close on Monday 29 June following members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) testing positive for COVID-19

In the Free State, Kroonstad SAPS and Allanridge SAPS was closed, with one police official testing positive in each location. 

In the Northern Cape, Kimberley police station was closed after several members tested positive for COVID-19. 

Kimberley call centre officer infected  

Members attached to the call centre at the station in Kimberley tested positive over the weekend, with sanitation protocols underway to stem any further infection at the police precinct. 

“Kimberley police station had to be closed for decontamination today after some members attached to 10111 Centre tested positive to COVID-19,” said spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba.

“The said members have been placed under quarantine. Other members who came into close contact with the members have been isolated.”

Ramatseba said that the clean up will be concluded today, with Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Risimati Peter Shivuri assuring the community that services won’t be hampered as the community will receive assistance through Mobile Community Service Centre temporarily placed in front of the police station.

“The decontamination process will be finalised today, Monday 29 June 2020 and the Police Station and 10111 Centre will be fully operational from tomorrow, Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Kroonstad and Allanridge SAPS offices also closed

Kroonstad and Allanridge officer were also closed, with other community sites being used to operate SAPS services while decontamination is underway. 

“The community service centre (CSC) will temporarily operate from Sarel Celliers hall (Old Town hall) situated behind the police station and NG church in Kroonstad,” said Colonel Thandi Mbambo.

In Allanridge, residents will be able to seek police assistance from mobile contact points near the station.

“The community serviced from the Contact point situated at the entrance to Nyakallong,” said spokesperson Mlambo. 

“The building will undergo decontamination and the community will be informed once the station is operational again.’

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Presh JM Reporter

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