Cape Town – A police officer, who is alleged to have invaded the pitch at Orlando Stadium during the MTN8 semifinal between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, is reportedly set to face disciplinary action over his conduct.
In a video circulating on social media, the officer, who has been identified by media reports only as Phakaaathi, is seen having a good time dancing on the pitch while the crown cheers him on before he is escorted off the field.
“The constable attached to the police Rapid Railway Unit is now facing a departmental disciplinary process for improper conduct in a public place,” police said in a statement.
Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the officer in question reported for duty on Saturday morning under the influence of alcohol.
This @SAPoliceService constable invaded the pitch to entertain the crowd. It is alleged that he reported for duty under the influence and was told to go home. Instead, he made his way to the Orlando Stadium in Soweto… pic.twitter.com/K4QO6TslQx
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 2, 2022
“The commander immediately booked him off duty based on his condition. The member was also immediately disarmed and sent back home. It was later discovered that the Constable proceeded on his own accord to Orlando Stadium in Soweto, and gained access to the stadium, after which he can be seen on the video clip dancing on the soccer pitch,” said Mathe.
Mathe said police management “views the unbecoming behaviour in a very serious light”.
“The status and dignity of the police service badge and uniform must at all times be safeguarded and protected with pride. SAPS will not hesitate to act against its own when found to be on the wrong side of the law.”
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe