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Michael MasuthuNews24 reports that Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha will not challenge the shutting down of his headquarters at Poyntons Building in Pretoria because he is confident it will be found to be fully compliant with regulatory safety requirements.  

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga last week shut down the building, which houses the Department of Correctional Services HQ, on the basis that it was unsafe.  Staff were evacuated.  The City of Tshwane's emergency services department has since requested engagement with the building's owners about safety measures that must be undertaken.  Meanwhile, the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed the building's closure as it has been raising the matter of the poor state of the building for years.  The PSA will monitor the situation at Poyntons and is also pursuing legal action in respect of the Civitas Building, which houses the department of health.  The safety of buildings in Gauteng has become a matter of public interest since the Bank of Lisbon building in Joburg and eight others were identified as non-compliant with health and safety requirements.  Three firefighters died last Wednesday after a fire broke out in the Bank of Lisbon building.

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