Cape Town – A KwaZulu-Natal police officer was reportedly arrested after a video of him recklessly driving and bumping into other vehicles on the N3 high was shared on social media.
The officer identified as a 35-year-old sergeant stationed at the Newcastle K9 unit was reportedly arrested for drunken and negligent driving, reports said.
In the video circulating on social media, a marked police van is seen driving at high-speed swerving in and out of lane, indicating in the wrong direction and putting other motorists in danger, as he bumps into other vehicles.
Fortunately, no accident occurred.
TimesLIVE reported that the officer was arrested on January 13 on charges of drunken and negligent driving.
“Internal disciplinary actions have already been instituted against him and the process is ongoing,” the report quoted police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda as saying.
Provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi condemned the actions of the officer, who was on duty at the time and called his behaviour “barbaric, unprofessional and uncalled for”, reported IOL.
“Police officers carry the hopes of the nation and we cannot afford to have members within our ranks whose behaviour and actions seek to reverse all the gains that hard-working police officers have attained in restoring people’s trust in the police,” the report quoted Mkhwanazi as saying.
Police said that all unprofessional police behaviours, illegal actions and disservice to the community can be reported via the Crime Stop number 08600 10111. Anonymous tip-offs can also be relayed via the MySAPS App.
Picture: Facebook/ South Africa Police Service
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe