“At the centre of these audits is our goal to preserve innocent lives‚” said Msimanga‚ of the Democratic Alliance.
Minister Masutha said following Msimanga’s intervention at the Correctional Services offices‚ the City’s Emergency Services Department contacted the owners of the building to engage on safety measures to be undertaken.
Masutha said he “is satisfied that the ongoing engagements will soon result in the Poyntons building being fully compliant with regulatory safety requirements“.
“In view of this development‚ the Minister does not believe that it is necessary at this stage to approach the courts to challenge the shutdown.”
His office added‚ “Given the public interest that attaches to this matter‚ the Minister believes that the engagement between the Municipality and the owners of the building must result in members of staff and the public who use the building feeling and being safe. Equally important is that as the nerve centre of the DCS‚ the Poyntons building must be brought back into operation as soon as possible in order for the DCS to resume its constitutional mandate. To this end‚ the DCS is also in the process of consultations with various stakeholders including staff and organised labour.”