- A KwaZulu-Natal traffic officer went viral when video footage allegedly revealed how he stole a cellphone at a takeaway restaurant
- The Department of Transport has condemned the cop's actions and suspended him
- The case is being investigated by the South African Police Service and the department is conducting its own internal investigation
Security officers at a Nandos branch in Pietermaritzburg must have looked on in disbelief when they viewed the CCTV surveillance footage.
While trying to identify the perpetrator in a case of cellphone theft, the prime suspect ended up being a police officer.
A public transport enforcement unit officer has allegedly been identified as the guilty culprit.
The footage indicates the officer in uniform as he scans the environment.
Moments later, he reaches out to the counter to quickly nab the phone.
The video went viral via social media and caused a huge outcry.
The KZN Department of Transport issued a statement and is seemingly taking a stern approach to the allegations.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the department afforded the officer the opportunity to share his version of events.
Since then, a letter of suspension has been issued with immediate effect.
Head of Department Mr Sibusiso Gumbi labelled the offence as "embarrassing" and vowed to take a zero tolerance approach to fraud and corruption.
In a statement issued by the department, Gumbi said:
“We view this video footage very seriously. The alleged action by the traffic officer tarnishes the image of the Department and discredits the moral standing of our enforcement authorities in public."
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