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Questions over ‘business as usual’ at police station

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Outraged family members claimed that they found out that an employee at the station tested positive but that there was no word on whether the facility would be disinfected or if others would be tested.

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FAMILY members of police officers and employees at the Galeshewe police station say that their lives and health, and that of their loved ones, have been put at risk after someone apparently tested positive for Covid-19 yet it was still “business as usual” at the station.

Outraged family members claimed that they found out that an employee at the station tested positive but that there was no word on whether the facility would be disinfected and whether police members and employees would be tested.

“It is just business as usual, even after the information came to be known that the employee tested positive. We are afraid as our loved ones are at risk while conducting their duties. It is very worrisome that they will now not only put themselves at risk but also the health of their families and friends,” they said.

“There were many institutions which closed down this week due to employees testing positive yet the health of employees at this police station is not regarded. Two police stations in the CBD were closed due to Covid-19 cases, how come the same cannot be done at this station? The lives of the public and that of the members are being played with.”

Police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ratseba said yesterday that the station is still operating as Covid-19 regulations had been maintained.

“The matter is currently receiving attention and the station is operational. Members of the public are welcome to get required services from the Community Service Centre. The station is always deep-cleaned, members wear face masks and always sanitise. Members of the community are also sanitised and maintain social distance. The Covid-19 regulations are maintained at the station. If there is a need for the station to be decontaminated, communication will be released,” said Ramatseba.