The South African Police Service (SAPS) has announced that it is conducting an investigation into the misuse of a marked state vehicle by an on-duty police officer.
The decision to investigate comes in response to a viral video that has been circulating on social media platforms, showing a police officer in uniform collecting grain from a civilian and driving away in a police bakkie.
Brigadier Athlenda Mathe, the national spokesperson for SAPS, issued a statement regarding the incident. She confirmed that the police officer involved is a sergeant attached to Durban Harbour.
Mathe emphasized that the SAPS takes such actions seriously and assures the public that resources such as state vehicles are meant to ensure the optimal functioning of the service and to serve the communities.
The video, which has garnered significant attention on social media, has sparked negative reactions towards the SAPS. Some commentators have gone as far as accusing the police force of engaging in criminal behaviour.
The South Africa Police Service are criminals pic.twitter.com/1tLtT6k8ye
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) January 10, 2024
In response to these allegations, SAPS has launched a preliminary investigation into the incident. The aim is to ascertain the facts surrounding the officer’s use of the State vehicle for personal purposes.
The outcome of the investigation will determine the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken.
The SAPS remains committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and integrity within its ranks. Instances of misconduct or misuse of resources are not reflective of the overall dedication and commitment of the men and women in blue who serve and protect the community.
As the investigation unfolds, the SAPS urges the public to have faith in the process and to continue supporting the police force in their efforts to maintain law and order.