- A video was posted online showing a officer writing a motorist a fine
- He is then seen smoking a cigarette and the footage went viral
- South Africans argued over whether he was breaking the lockdown regulations or not
A video has gone viral on social media showing a police officer smoking a cigarette on duty while writing out a ticket.
The footage was shared on South Africa Live's Facebook page and within just three hours it generated over 45 000 views.
The clip was captioned:
"Must be part of the 90% group who got them illegally."
South Africans argued over whether or not the police officer was breaking lockdown regulations. Some said he wasn't doing anything wrong while other Saffas wanted to know where the cop got the ciggies from.
Andrew Grahn commented:
"Setting a fine example, innit... Shameful when the average citizen is being treated like a criminal for trying to obtain cigarettes. They are forcing law abiding people, who smoke, to become criminals all for the sake of a stupid 'zol' regulation. Cry the beloved country."
Charl Du Plessis added:
"You wait until you are finished with your job with your mask on and then you go and have a private smoke away from other people... How many times does he touch his face, cigarette, the fine... FFS."
Faadil Bulbulia said:
"Smoking in public is illegal, officer should be charged no one is above the law. SAPS please follow the process this corruption and favouritism needs to stop."
Mnyazi Xolile wrote:
"Smoking is not a problem but smoking while conducting lockdown operations in uniform shows disrespect to RSA and it's laws. It's ill discipline."
Thapelo Mabapa added:
"Let the guy smoke and show the motorist flames in fines while at it. Do your job officer."
Christopher Plaatjies commented:
"I think some people are just jealous of the officer because he has a smoke. Wait guys, Level 3 is around the corner."
Take a look at the video below:
The ban on sales of cigarettes and tobacco has not been received well by South Africans. Briefly.co.za asked our readers if cigarettes should be sold and why. Out of the 64 000 votes, 83% of our readers wanted the ban on cigarettes to be lifted.
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