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southafricalogoTimeslive writes that holes in the walls, sewage seeping through walls and the roof and speeding lifts are just some of the hazards workers at the national headquarters of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) have to deal with every day.  

Confidential documents show that the Pretoria building, which houses Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha's office, is a serious fire hazard.  The building was the target of a bomb attack in the 1980s, which is said to have caused long-standing structural damage.  Yet, despite both internal and external health and safety inspection reports, written throughout 2016 and 2017, the DCS continues, on a month-to-month basis, to rent the 32-storey Poynton's building from its owners.  Department spokesperson Logan Maistry said, along with the Public Works Department, they had engaged with the landlord and established a plan to comply with all occupational health and safety regulations and requirements.  He said the occupational health and safety imperatives were obligatory and remedial action by the landlord was being implemented to ensure they were met.  On Thursday, staff who work in the building protested over the hazards.  Jonathon Khosa, Popcru chairperson at the DCS headquarters, claimed that nearly R5m a month was paid in rent, while the department and the owners had put up notices saying people entered the building at their own risk.

  • Read this report by Graeme Hosken in full at TimesSelect (paywall access)

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