The provincial spokesperson for the SAPS Leonard Hlathi says the station will continue to render services despite the last night’s fire; “At this stage we cannot confirm as to exactly what happened here, but the police station caught fire in circumstances that are yet to be probed. The forensics team will land to determine the extent of the damage, which at this stage we cannot confirm.
“What we can tell you is that much damage was done around the detectives unit as well as the charge office. There are offices that have been spared off the fire, the provincial commissioner lieutenant-general Mondli Zuma spent the whole morning here where he came up with a measure – a temporary community service centre, because it is the face value of a police station, so our police officers have reported on duty to make sure that the operations that services continue.
“The awaiting trial prisoners were all evacuated yesterday from the building, and although the cells didn’t catch fire, we are not in a position to risk with people’s lives because the area has not been declared safe.
According to Hlathi, the fire may have started in the detectives area and spread to the community service centre.
“Our systems are linked, therefore whenever information is captured, it goes straight into the national database, so we’ll be able to draw all of that information to continue with investigations, but also, our unit offices are still intact. For now we assure the communities that the operations are continuing, let them come and get all the services that they need.”