4.6% of the SAPS workforce has contracted Covid-19

Affected officers have been temporarily housed in alternative accommodation.

Saturday Star reported this weekend that more than 9,000 police officers and civilian employees, comprising 4.6% of the total workforce of the SA Police Service (SAPS), have contracted Covid-19.  

National SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo is quoted in the article saying that “of this 5,785 are still active cases and 3,132 have fully recovered, but sadly we have lost 83 of our members to this virus.”  

Many police stations across the country have had to close temporarily to be decontaminated after officers were infected.  The affected officers have been temporarily rehoused in alternative venues such as community centres, halls, caravans and even at a Free State station commander’s house in Rosendal. 

Meanwhile, to curb infections, the Gauteng Traffic Police last week carried out a large scale Covid-19 screening and testing programme for all its members and their immediate families at the FNB stadium.