- The SAPS made headlines for the wrong reasons recently when a police vehicle was filmed being used as a delivery van
- KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala has revealed the truth behind the video clip
- Gwala said the vehicle had actually been used to recover stolen goods, some of which included building materials
Seeing is not necessarily believing or at least this is what the South African Police Services in KwaZulu-Natal wants us to believe. SAPS officials have moved to clarify why one of its vehicles was filmed being used as a delivery van.
KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the vehicle was actually being used to recover stolen goods. He said the Marianhill station commander confirmed that officers from his station were recovering stolen good from the area and some of those goods included building materials.
A video of the police vehicle being used as a delivery van was widely distributed on social media recently and enraged South Africans did not hold back in their fury of the misuse of public property.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the original video was filmed on Saturday near Marianhill outside of Durban. The rear of the vehicle was open and appeared to show a man lying on what looked like door or door frames.
News24.com reported that the original uploader had good intentions. He wanted to show South Africans what some public servants were trying to get away with and hoped that by making the video public it would stem corruption.
Gwala said the actual theft had been reported to the Chatsworth police station, but the stolen goods were eventually tracked to the Marianhill region.
Officers from Marianhill had merely acted on instructions from their commanding officers and were in the process of recovering the stolen goods.
The original owner had earlier made a positive identification of the goods and police officers were recovering the goods for safekeeping and photography to serve as possible evidence before being returned to the owner.
Gwala said the acting provincial police commissioner had ordered an investigation into the matter by the cluster commander to eliminate any possible notion of wrongdoing on behalf of the officers in question.
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