Sun. Oct 25th, 2020

Service centres operate from caravans following closure of police stations

When police stations are closed due to COVID-19 cases, the community service centres sometimes operate from a caravans just outside.

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All communities serviced by the Nelspruit Police Station in Mpumalanga, are advised that it will be temporarily closed due to a member testing positive for COVID-19. Due to the temporary closure, the Community Service Centre will be operating from a caravan. This is also not the first police station to be taking up service in a caravan. It seems other police stations have taken the approach too. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTRE TO OPERATE FROM CARAVAN 

According to a police statement which was released on Tuesday 29 September, the Community Service Centre will now be operated from a caravan which is set up at the front entrance of the police station at 15 Bester Street. 

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To access the station, the community can call 072-859-0038, for all emergencies and complaints which will be attended accordingly.

The telephone lines at Nelspruit Police Station Community Service Centre will not be accessible for the duration of the closure, however, service delivery will not be hampered. The building will be decontaminated and services will resume normally at the station on Thursday 1 October 2020.

“The SAPS management in Mpumalanga apologises for any inconvenience that may arise from this,” said Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

Station Commander Major General Dorah Xaba can also be contacted at 082-970-5761 or Visible Policing Commander Colonel Bheki Mlambo at 082-462-2582.

SIMILAR OCCURENCE IN THE FREE STATE 

The Community of Bloemspruit in Mangaung Metro, was on Sunday 27 September, advised of the police station’s temporary closure due to a COVID-19 related case. Operating from a caravan just outside the police station while it is being decontaminated seems to be the new order of the day. With a pandemic that is not yet over, we suppose improvisation needs to be at the forefront of our thinking.

“The Community Service Centre will temporarily operate from a caravan placed in front of the Bloemspruit police station,” police said in a statement. 

“The building will be decontaminated for the duration of the closure so as to inhibit the spread of the virus and members will be subjected to necessary COVID-19 related protocols,” it added. 

Police said the Community will be informed once the station is operational.

“The Provincial Commissioner of the Free State Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane and management wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure,” it added. 

The following numbers can be used to report any emergencies; Station Commander Brigadier Fothoane: 082-372-4200 or Visible Policing Commander Colonel Sepeesa: 082-370-9435.

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