SAPS officials in Gauteng have moved swiftly, after one of their officers was busted for illegally transporting liquor during the alcohol ban. A video of the incident went viral this week, exposing the cop as he was caught ‘delivering’ beers to a property near a meal in Centurion. TheSouthAfrican uploaded the clip on Wednesday.

Centurion officer filmed ‘delivering booze’

Earlier today, SAPS revealed that their internal investigations returned some conclusive results. A serving officer at the Lyttleton branch now faces two criminal cases, for defying the alcohol ban AND using a state vehicle without permission.

“The investigation led by the District Commissioner of Tshwane, Major General Hilda Mohajane was swiftly concluded, leading to the opening of a case of using a motor vehicle without owners’ consent, and contravention of the Disaster Management Act Adjusted Level 3 Lockdown Regulations, against a member of the South African Police Service.”

“It was found that the incident happened at a shopping mall in a part of Centurion policed by Lyttleton SAPS, and that an unconfirmed volume of liquor was being off-loaded from the SAPS van, suggesting that the state vehicle was used to illegally convey alcohol in contravention of the Adjusted Level 3 Lockdown Regulations.”

SAPS statement

Alcohol ban flouted by SAPS officer

Major General Mthombeni is the Acting Provincial Commissioner. He explained how SAPS were able to nab one of their own, and expressed his gratitude to the officers who worked diligently to uphold the integrity of the alcohol ban.

“When we saw the video clip our immediate concern was that no detail could be made out at face value, not even which Province the incident happened at. An urgent investigation was therefore required to get to the bottom of this matter. It’s pleasing that investigators understood the seriousness with which management of SAPS viewed this incident.”

“Members of the public are urged to continue to report non-compliance with the Regulations and should not fear especially when the transgressors are members of the SAPS or other law enforcement agencies. No one is above the law.” 

Major General Mthombeni

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Presh JM Reporter

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