NELSPRUIT – The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has reassured the public that all police stations in the province will remain open during the nationwide lockdown. The Provincial Commissioner’s assurance comes after false news doing rounds on social media platforms, indicating that Witbank police station has closed shop for the period of the lockdown and thus not functional.
The Provincial Commissioner has called on the public to stop spreading false news during this period. “The country is faced with a serious challenge at this point in time but people choose to use this as an opportunity to play games and spread false news. People must know that spreading false news is an offense that is punishable by law and those who participate in such activities will be dealt with accordingly. As police, our duty is to stamp the authority of the state and as such, police stations are essential facilities which play a critical role in the fight against crime and therefore, will not close shop. We cannot afford to have people who maliciously distribute deceiving information to the public, our services are continuously needed by the community and we are always there to provide such services to them,” said General Zuma.
Witbank Police station and other police stations across the province are fully operational and functioning accordingly whereby services are rendered to the community in spite of the Lock-down. The public can make use of our services at any time as essential services are being rendered to the public during this period as expected.
The public is urged to work closely with Law Enforcement Agencies during this Lock-down period and in their quest of ensuring compliance to COVID-19 Regulations.
The police have also observed with great concern a tendency by adults who send children to buy groceries at shops. In other instances, adults are being seen at shops with children queueing to purchase groceries. This habit should stop immediately, to avoid exposing children to Covid-19.
Source: South African Police Service