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Several police stations in Limpopo and Free State closed due to COVID-19

The South African Police Service has been forced to close stations for decontamination procedures.


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Three police stations in Limpopo and one in Bloemfontein have been closed for decontamination due to COVID-19 related incidents.

According to a media statement released by the office of the provincial commissioner in Limpopo on Sunday 12 July, Maake and Bolobedu police stations in Mopani district and Seshego in Capricorn will be closed for decontamination. But policing services will not be hampered as the police in the province will be housed in alternative sites.

“Maake: Services will be rendered from the Victim Empowerment Centre situated inside the yard of the current police station,” read the statement.

At Bolobedu, a mobile community service centre has been placed in front of the police station, while services at Seshego will be rendered from a victim empowerment centre inside the police station. Provincial spokesperson, brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, said the closed police stations will be fully operational on Tuesday 14 July.  

“Saps management apologizes for any inconveniences that may be arise from the closures,” said Mojapelo.

In Bloemfontein, Bayswater police station, will temporarily operate from the detectives offices with the police station.

The community will be informed when the police station is fully operational, read the statement.  


Meanwhile, the acting provincial commissioner of police in Free State, major-general Solly Lesia, confirmed the opening of Parys and Vredefort police stations which were also temporally closed for decontamination.

“The buildings have since been decontaminated and affected members have been subjected to necessary Covid-19 related protocols,” said Lesia via a statement.

Lesia thanked the communities for their patience and assured them that policing services would not be hampered as a result of COVID-19.

He also lauded SAPS employees for their commitment during these trying times and encouraged them to always tread carefully when rendering their services.


So serious is the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic that President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday 12 July, reintroduced a ban on the sale and distribution of alcohol and a night-time curfew between the 21:00 and 4:00.

This, he stressed, in his televised speech, was aimed at curbing any further loss of lives in the country.

As of the evening of Sunday 13 July, South Africa had registered 276 242 cases. Of these, 4 079 had died. Ramaphosa said he was worried by the continued spike in confirmed cases.