- A 35-year-old police sergeant has been arrested after allegedly being filmed driving negligently.
- He is set to face internal disciplinary action, police say.
- He will also face charges of drunken and negligent driving.
KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested an officer who was allegedly caught on camera driving negligently on the N3 highway.
Internal disciplinary action has already been instituted against the 35-year-old sergeant, said police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda.
“In what appears to be cellphone footage doing the rounds on social media, a marked police van can be seen driving at high speed, disregarding the rules of the road and bumping into other vehicles in the process,” he said.
The officer was on duty at the time of the incident.
Netshiunda said the officer, who is attached to the Newcastle K9 Unit, was arrested on 13 January on charges of drunken and negligent driving.
KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi described the officer’s behaviour as “barbaric, unprofessional and uncalled for”.
“His actions are totally against what we stand for as the police in this province, and applicable disciplinary action will be [taken] against him. His case… will serve as a deterrent to other police officers who might have been having delusional thoughts that the police’s internal disciplinary actions have gone soft,” Mkhwanazi said.
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Mkhwanazi called on the public to report any “unprofessional behaviour by on-duty police officers”.
“No police officer should transport his children to and from school using a state vehicle; no police officer is allowed to do shopping with a state vehicle.
“Such rogue elements must be reported, and proportionate action will be taken against those who [violate] the prescripts of the service,” said Mkhwanazi.