PRETORIA - More and more police stations are having to close their doors -- albeit temporarily -- because of COVID-19 infections.
But the public has been urged not to panic.
Authorities say measures are in place to ensure services won't be interrupted.
With the country gripped by a surge in cases, more police officers -- and the stations they are attached to -- have been affected.
Police ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said when a police station does close down, this could vary from six hours to 24 hours at a time where a decontamination process takes place.
"We then have to move members to a nearby building or a mobile unit set up outside the affected police station," Themba said.
"It is still business as usual, processing permits that people need and giving service to residents of an area. There is no time that service delivery is affected when a police station is closed down."
The police's contingency plans have so far proven effective, according to anti-crime activist Yusuf Ambramjee.
"From the feedback we are getting from the ground, there seems to be adequate measures from the police to deal with day-to-day policing at the police stations," Ambramjee said.
Just like the public, police officers are also subject to quarantine requirements if they test positive for the virus.
Police say the growing number of affected officers is a concern, but it is nowhere near a level that has impacted their ability to render a crucial service.
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