- Love is getting Mzansi men into heaps of trouble during the nationwide lockdown
- A Gauteng man and his lover were arrested after attempting to sneak over provincial lines without the relevant permits
- Meanwhile, Free State police officials were busted drinking on the job
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'Unlucky in love' has a new meaning after a Gauteng man was caught red-handed trying to smuggle his girlfriend over provincial lines.
MEC Faith Mazibuko revealed that the man had been stopped at an N12 roadblock on Friday, following which officers asked to search his boot.
With no permit, the man was already in trouble but when the cops found out that his girlfriend was hiding in the trunk, the situation escalated.
The couple had been attempting to travel to Mpumalanga but instead earned themselves a vacay in jail for their efforts.
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In other news, several police officers have been placed under arrest for drinking alcohol on duty. With a national ban on the sale of liquor, the situation has left authorities with egg on their faces.
The Free State officials were caught at a local tavern while still on the clock and will face serious charges for their lack of judgement.
Commenting on the embarrassing situation, SAPS boss General Khehla Sitole explained what had happened:
“They [the arrested police officers] initially escaped as members were about to pounce on them. However, they were later arrested yesterday, Sunday, 19 April 2020 as they reported on duty. Pictures of the members being arrested went viral, a moment that SAPS management is not proud of but the arrest was indeed a necessary course of action.”
The tavern owner was also rewarded with an arrest after entertaining the officers, with the police seizing liquor found on the premises.
The officers have been charged with defeating the ends of justice and failing to enforce and abide by the National Disaster Management Regulations, reports The South African.
Briefly.co.za reported that another Gauteng man had also faced arrest after he was caught trying to get to his girlfriend during the strict lockdown.
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