The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Service (JMPD) is accused of failing to get coronavirus police officers tested after a female officer tested positive on May 13.
The officer shared a patrol car with three colleagues and was immediately tested at Milpark Hospital after she became ill.
The JMPD is accused of neglecting to put the officers in contact with her immediately into self-isolation and allowing them to continue with their work. Her colleagues were only tested four days later and all three of the results were positive.
One of the four officers is in self-isolation in a medical facility in Johannesburg while the other three are quarantined.
“Tests were conducted on 107 members last Monday to combat the further spread of the virus,” JMPD spokesman Wayne Minnaar said on Friday.
Although he denied that the JMPD had not taken the necessary steps to protect it’s staff, he could not explain why no action had been taken to isolate the three officers.
“Health workers screen daily in the JMPD offices and in places such as roadblocks because officers who come into contact with the public have a greater chance of contracting the coronavirus,” said a metro police official who wants to remain anonymous.
“It’s easy to take the blame on the JMPD, but the grassroots officials also have a responsibility to do everything in their power to curb the spread of the virus.”