Corona shuts stations

2020-05-07 06:02
A police officer from Lwandle police station interacting with a member of the public outside a mobile truck at the station.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

A police officer from Lwandle police station interacting with a member of the public outside a mobile truck at the station.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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The Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to wreak havoc with several police stations and some essential service facilities being affected.

Following the temporary closure of the Philippi East police station after a member tested positive for the pandemic, Lwandle and Harare police stations are the latest stations to be hit by the scourge. Other affected facilities include the Khayelitsha magistrate’s court and Michael Mapongwane community health centre.

However, the court and Mapongwane have since been opened after being temporarily closed.

Ndibongo Mzanywa, chair of the Khayelitsha Health Forum (KHF), said the facility in Harare was also closed, but is now open after it was fumigated.

Provincial police spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa confirmed that Harare and Lwandle have been temporary closed due to Covid-19 cases. She said services at Harare were moved to two mobile units on Monday 4 May. The units have been placed outside the station. “The relocation is effected in order to allow the decontamination of the facility in line with Covid-19 protocols and ensure service delivery continues uninterrupted,” she said. The decontamination process is expected to be completed today, Thursday 7 May.

Meanwhile, a temporary truck is being used at Lwandle. The truck has been in use since Saturday 2 May.

Potelwa told City Vision that operations at the station were moved to a building next to the station. “The relocation took place on Saturday as soon as the station management was notified. The relocation was effected in order to allow the decontamination process of the building to take place in line with Covid-19 protocols (48 hours) and ensure service delivery continues unhindered,” she said.

Potelwa said police officers who have been in contact with the infected officers are undergoing the necessary screening/testing and have been quarantined.

Edward Phibantu, Lwandle Community Policing Forum (CPF) secretary, said they were shocked after being alerted to the news of the police officer testing positive for Covid-19.

“The CPF then sent out a communication to all its structures alerting them regarding the matter. The station was immediately closed and all procedures followed,” he said.

“Currently there’s a temporary structure outside the building to assist with the day-to-day running of the station. This case has made it very difficult for the station to operate fully as Lwandle population has extremely grown over the years,” said Phibantu.

He said they were fully behind the recovery of the member and cannot wait for the member to join the team again.

Phibantu also appealed to residents to respect the current level four regulations in order to beat “this faceless cruel pandemic”.

He urged residents to stay at home, to wash their hands frequently, wear masks and keep social distancing.


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