- Five SAPS members including a police reservist attached to the Namahadi Police Station in Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State have been arrested
- The cops were taken into custody after they disobeyed the alcohol ban during the national lockdown
- They were caught drinking at a local tavern on Saturday, 18 April
The ban on alcohol has been giving South Africans chest pains, and it appears even police officers are trying to get their hands on some booze.
In an official statement released on Monday, the SAPS confirmed that five police officers working at the Namahadi Police Station in Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State Province were arrested for disregarding the alcohol ban during lockdown.
The statement revealed the five officers, including a police reservist, were allegedly part of a group drinking booze at a tavern on Saturday, 18 April.
"They initially escaped as members were about to pounce on them. However, they were later arrested yesterday, Sunday, 19 April as they reported for duty."
Photos of the members' arrest had gone viral on social media and the SAPS management said it's not "proud" but added the arrest was necessary.
The tavern owner, 44, was also taken into custody for disobeying the regulations on the prohibition of the sale of liquor.
The statement added:
"All liquor was seized and the tavern shut down. The police officials will be charged with defeating the ends of justice and failing to enforce and adhere to the National Disaster Management Regulations."
Take a look at the post below:
The post generated a reaction from both South Africans and other African countries and we took a look at some of the comments.
Twitter user, @mabuza_iam, commented:
"American cops are probably shocked as F right now the level of betrayal."
Another tweep, @Salih7A, added:
"What a funny country! Police arresting police."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported six police officers, meant to serve and protect, have been busted for allegedly stealing instead.
In a statement issued by National Commissioner of SAPS General Khehla John Sitole, it was revealed that the officers from the Brooklyn and Silverton stations had allegedly stolen R30 000 from a motorist.
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