- A video was shared on social media, which showed pupils being escorted by police, who were dressed in full riot gear, to their matric dance
- The footage gathered mixed reactions from South Africans on social media
- However, the province's SAPS management was enraged by it and have since launhed an investigation
Last weekend, a couple from a Newcastle high school stunned onlookers as they arrived to their matric farewell dance with a police escort.
The two learners got out of a police van before they were escorted down the red carpet by cops, who were dressed in full riot gear.
The video of the unforgettable entrance made its way on social media on Sunday.
Facebook group Police Pics and Clips captioned the video: "Police escorting pupils to matric dance, waste of manpower and resources, or a great gesture? You decide!"
The video gathered mixed reactions from social media users, some dubbing it unacceptable while others said it was just harmless fun.
Rishie Rish wrote, "People throw a fit over nonsense these days. Let the kids have some fun."
Andre R added, "I think this is a great way to give back to the community as long as they not gaining any money out of it and doing it as a charity."
Letitia van der Linde commented: "I think it was cool that kids has a memory no one can ever take away from them. At the end of the day we all want what's best for our kids what if that was my kids I would be so proud of him, Look at the bigger picture here, Don't hate that you didn't think of that idea."
However, the SAPS management was not happy with the footage. KZN acting provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said they were looking into matters.
“I am deeply disturbed by what I observed. I have instructed that these police officials that appear in that video be investigated in terms of our disciplinary regulations as their conduct is not in line with our code of conduct and the objectives of the SAPS as per the constitution of this country.” he said.
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