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News: Western Cape Provincial Commissioner takes COVID-19 jab as scores of police officials heed call to vaccinate

Media Statement
South African Police Service

Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Western Cape

Cape Town: As the Tygerberg vaccination site for SAPS employees opened its doors this morning, the number of Western Cape SAPS employees who have vaccinated against COVID-19 has exceeded the 5000 mark. Scores of SAPS employees were seen lining up at the Bellville police station vaccination site this morning before the site opened for vaccination.

On Monday, 19 July 2021, Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile joined other police officials and vaccinated at the Milnerton site which has been operational since 08 July 2021, when the provincial SAPS vaccination rollout kicked off.

After taking his jab, Lt Gen Patekile (who contracted and survived COVID-19) was elated and urged more SAPS employees to follow suit.

“In order to execute our responsibilities optimally, we need to have a workforce that is vaccinated against COVID-19. Police are after all on the frontline creating safety in communities”, said Lt Gen Patekile.

In a staggered fashion, approved Western Cape vaccination sites in Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, Beaufort West, Mfuleni, Wynberg, Lentegeur and Khayelitsha are scheduled to embark on the vaccination of SAPS employees until early in August 2021.

Dates and specifics about the vaccination sites are available for SAPS employees through internal SAPS communication mediums and platforms.


Brigadier Novela Potelwa
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