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sapsSolidarity reports that following the closure and evacuation of the SA Police Service’s (SAPS’) Telkom Towers head office in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon, the trade union has been receiving “more and more” complaints from members of the SAPS who believe their own police stations are also not fit for human occupation.

In some cases they say their police stations are in an even worse neglected state than the national head office of the SAPS. Tuesday’s closure took place after an inspection was carried out by the Department of Employment and Labour, together with Solidarity's department for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). During the inspection, the wrecked condition of the head office was exposed, characterised by dirty and contaminated offices and bathrooms, a lack of ventilation and clean drinking water, as well as broken lifts and deficient fire-fighting equipment. According to Johan Böning, head of Solidarity’s OHS division, earnest pleadings for similar inspections were being received from all over: “These calls are coming from members of the police who are desperate to see an improvement in their own facilities and circumstances. We are also hearing from members who have been targeted or threatened by management when they dared to report defects at facilities.” Meanwhile, the SAPS said in a statement that its decision to evacuate the Telkom Towers building was taken due to concern for the employees’ well-being and safety. But, according to Solidarity, employees re-entered the evacuated head office on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the mandatory evacuation. The building then had to be evacuated anew by order of the National Police Commissioner.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard in Afrikaans at Maroela Media

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