The department announced that its national office will be closed this week until Thursday for decontamination. According to the department, the Momentum Building in Tshwane will be ready for occupation on Thursday.
Picture: AP Photo/Manish Swarup
The department announced that its national office will be closed this week until Thursday for decontamination. According to the department, the Momentum Building in Tshwane will be ready for occupation on Thursday. Picture: AP Photo/Manish Swarup

Department of Justice head office closed for decontamination after staffer tests positive for Covid-19

By LOYISO SIDIMBA Time of article published Jun 16, 2020

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THE Department of Justice’s head office has become the latest government institution to be closed due to a positive Covid-19 case.

The department announced that its national office will be closed this week until Thursday for decontamination. According to the department, the Momentum Building in Tshwane will be ready for occupation on Thursday.

The head office’s closure follows another positive Covid-19 case at the Lebowakgomo Magistrate Court in Limpopo.

The Public Servants Association (PSA) engaged the court’s management and the facility was closed on Saturday.

”The PSA however, calls upon the department to ensure that the employees who worked closely with the employee who tested positive for Covid-19 are identified, tested, and isolated to contain the spread of the virus,” the union demanded.

It also wants the court to be disinfected before employees are allowed to enter the building and will further engage management to ensure that all conditions are met before the reopening to protect workers from being exposed to the risk of being infected with the deadly coronavirus.

Independent Media reported last month that the department had announced drastic new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration that the country would move to alert level 3 from June 1.

Several courts across the country have been closed for decontamination after officials and prisoners tested positive for Covid-19.

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