- Pictures of sleeping overweight police officers have left Mzansi divided
- Some felt empathy for the cops in the images and said that they were only human
- Others felt that being overweight and sleeping on duty should lead to dismissal
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A collage of pictures was shared on social media showing police officers asleep on duty. Other pictures showed them being grossly overweight. The images stirred strong but divided reactions among social media users.
Some believe that the photographer had an agenda behind sharing the pictures. They believed that the images de-humanised the police officers. Others, however, felt that the images highlighted the problem South Africa faces with incompetent cops. They believed that cops need to be fit and alert, especially while on duty. Facebook user Kanti Simelane said:
"When analysing these pictures do not forget the intention of the photographer. In my view the photographer wanted to present these officers as ineffective... we do not know the whole story... am not sold!"
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Flocy Ng'ambi said:
"It's an insult by the end of the day they are also human beings why putting such kind of photos? What's the story? No one is perfect. Only that physical training is needed."
While Colleen Durrheim said:
"There should be a weight and fitness criteria which if is not met then the individual gets put on notice to meet and if not... Dismissal for incapacity."
Brian Moyo said:
"It doesn't matter what kind of training they do what matters is that there are human beings as well."
Edward Makuchira Kalua said:
"This is so bad and I don't know why you posted these images on this platform."
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Sandile Cele said:
"Until South African Police Services is converted to South African Police Force, we still going to see such images, the government must start afresh and create a strong police unit and build gyms in the police stations to keep them strong every time..."
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