Department of Labour spokesperson Teboho Thejane confirmed that an inspection was done on October 23 and a prohibition and contravention notice was served.
Thejane said the building was closed because of dysfunctional toilets‚ electricity problems‚ damp walls and ceiling‚ unmaintained fire equipment‚ no drinking water and obstruction of fire exits.
“During the inspection and subsequent meeting it was established that the building belongs to the City of Cape Town and Home Affairs leases the section they occupy‚” said Thejane.
Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola confirmed that the office was closed. “The officials from the labour department had identified structural defects that were deemed uninhabitable and not conducive for both clients and officials‚” said Mokgola.
Thejane said that‚ after being provided proof that the concerns were addressed‚ the prohibition notice was revoked on November 5.
Mokgola also confirmed the reopening of the office to GroundUp.
“The defects were fixed over the weekend and the notice has since been lifted following an assessment by officials from the labour department‚” said Mogola.
Questions seeking comment were sent to the City of Cape Town on November 5. Jan Kruger from the City’s media team said: “The City is currently investigating this matter and will respond as soon as we have all the relevant information.”
– This article was originally published in GroundUp