Eastern Cape police commissioner tests positive

Eastern Cape police commissioner tests positive

The South African Police service have announced that Eastern Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lieutenant-General Ntshinga had not developed symptoms of COVID-19 but underwent a voluntary test as the execution of her duties put her at high risk of infection.

Eastern Cape Police Commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

The Eastern Cape’s top cop is currently self-isolating at an undisclosed location.

“The provincial commissioner received her diagnosis this past weekend after voluntarily undergoing a test despite being asymptomatic,” said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

“At the time of testing, Lieutenant-General Ntshinga had not experienced any illness but chose to undergo the test as a precaution to ensure the safety, good health and wellbeing of herself and those around her.”

Efforts are underway to track and test all recent contacts of Lieutenant-General Ntshinga. The offices of the provincial commisioner in Zwelitsha were closed for decontamination on Tuesday 12 May.

“Following the news of her diagnosis, the provincial commissioner made her results known to the management team, personnel and close contacts,” said Brigadier Naidoo.

“The protocols and directives in place to contain and manage Covid-19 within the organisation were immediately implemented. These included the decontamination of the provincial office at Zwelitsha on Tuesday. Close contacts are being tested and quarantined if tested positive.”

Top cop in high spirits and good health

Brigadier Naidoo added that Lieutenant-General Ntshinga was “in high spirits and good health.”

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole wished the Eastern Cape commissioner a speedy recovery and commended her bravery in disclosing her status.

“I want to firstly applaud the bravery of the provincial commissioner in disclosing her diagnosis to the public,” General Sitole said. 

“I also take this opportunity to wish her and all members infected and/or affected by this virus a speedy recovery and encourage them all to stay safe in the fight against crime.”

Earlier this month Police Minister Bheki Cele told the police committee that 253 police officers had tested positive for COVID-19.

Reports of police stations being closed due to detected cases of COVID-19 have been on the increase.

The SAPS have identified temporary alternative locations for all of their police stations nationwide.

“As part of the SAPS’ contingency planning, alternative buildings/locations were identified beforehand in anticipation of COVID-19 related cases emerging from our service points, which are police stations,” Western Cape police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said earlier this week.

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