SAPS officers arrest other cops for disobeying alcohol ban in lockdown
- Five SAPS members including a police reservist attached to the Namahadi Police Station in Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State Province were arrested
- The cops were taken into custody after they disobeyed the alcohol ban during the national lockdown
- The officers 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 the police officers are trying to get their hands on some booze.
In an official statement released on Monday, April 20, 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 the 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:
"Amarican cops are probably shocked as F right now the level of betrayal."
Another tweep, @Salih7A, added:
"What a funny country! Police arresting police."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) said that it has shared food items in the value of N2 million to less privileged Nigerians as a palliative to ease their hardship during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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The director of MURIC, Prof Ishaq Akintola, made this known in a statement on Monday, April 20, in Lagos, adding that the relief was given under the “MURIC COVID-19 Relief Scheme” launched in March.
The director of the group also said that Muslims from all areas of the country have been giving towards the scheme.
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