- National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has tested positive for Covid-19
- Sitole had reportedly come into contact with an SAPS member who had been infected with the virus
- The top SAPS official has immediately gone into self-isolation following the outcome of the test
National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has tested positive for the Coronavirus after coming into contact with an South African Police Service official who had been infected.
Currently, Sitole is not showing any symptoms and has hurriedly gone into self-isolation and is medicating himself at home.
In a statement released by the SAPS to confirm the situation, the Commissioner commented that:
"I have undergone various other tests as well and my doctor is satisfied that it is not necessary for me to be hospitalised. Instead, he has prescribed certain vitamins and ordered that I immediately self-isolate for at least a period of ten days."
Spokesperson for the police, Brigadier Vish Naidoo, explained that Lieutenant-General Sindile Mfazi has been appointed to act as the national commissioner until further notice.
The SAPS member that Sitole had initially come into contact with is also in self-isolation and is reportedly doing well.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za had earlier reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele has dedicated more resources to ensuring compliance with lockdown restrictions.
This comes after the minister visited the Western Cape on a 'Safer Festive Season' inspection tour. Cele highlighted that the police are working on the 'crime situation', saying that the operation is moving to different regions in a bid to understand the situation in different communities.
Noting a spike in Covid-19 cases in regions like Bellville and Dunoon, Cele said that while malls were compliant, high instances of non-compliance could be witnesses outside these outlets.
Cele revealed that the authorities will be on standby to enforce President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement.
The minister had inspected a Bellville taxi rank along with armed police officers, calling on commuters to abide by Covid-19 precautionary measures.
Long Street and Khayelitsha was also inspected. Cele's spokesperson Lirandzu Themba had confirmed that Long Street and Rands showed high levels of compliance, pleasing the minister with the measures put into place to protect the safety of customers.
The lack of masks being worn was highlighted as a concern, but no compliance notices had been issued during the inspection according to Themba.
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