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SAPS assures the public that it is business as usual at its headquarters at Wachthuis building in Pretoria


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the National Commissioner

PRETORIA - The South African Police Service (SAPS) wishes to inform the public that services are continuing as normal and it is business as usual at its Administrative Headquarters in Pretoria.

It was initially reported that utility services had been disconnected by the City of Tshwane following reports of non-payment of such services.

The SAPS can confirm that the Wachthuis building is leased by the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) for use by the Police Service. The DPWI settles the rental payment on a monthly basis to the Landlords as per the lease agreement. The landlords have a responsibility to pay for municipal services, on a monthly basis. DPWI then recoups such monies from the SAPS as per the Devolution Agreement.

The SAPS is therefore, not in arrears with municipal services.

A week ago, the City of Tshwane reported on their social media platforms, that municipal services to the building utilized by the SAPS in Centurion, had been disconnected. This is the building that currently houses the Broadcast and Public Section which produces the popular SAPS programme, "When duty Calls". Here too, the SAPS can confirm that the Service is not in debt in this regard. While services are yet to be restored at this building, the matter is receiving urgent attention and measures have been put in place to ensure that the work of the section is not affected.

The SAPS thus takes this opportunity to assure the nation that no service delivery has been affected at all its buildings and or service points.


Colonel Athlenda Mathe
082 040 8808