KZN police officers, one wearing party badge, face disciplinary action for using state vehicle at polling station

Two KwaZulu-Natal police officers will face disciplinary action for alleged misuse of a state vehicle for political purposes.  (Alfonso Nqunjana/Noticias24)

Two KwaZulu-Natal police officers will face disciplinary action for alleged misuse of a state vehicle for political purposes. (Alfonso Nqunjana/Noticias24)

Two KwaZulu-Natal police officers are facing disciplinary action and have been removed from polling station deployment after a video apparently showing them misusing a state vehicle circulated on social media.

“In the video you can see a uniformed police officer driving a state vehicle belonging to the Sundumbili police station picking up an off-duty police officer at a polling station,” said provincial police spokesman Col. Robert Netshiunda.

“The off-duty police officer can be seen in the video wearing political party insignia.”

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi ordered immediate disciplinary action for breaching the police code of conduct and bringing the police image into disrepute.

He requested the immediate withdrawal of the two agents from the electoral deployment.

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“On more than one occasion I have reiterated to SAPS members here in KZN that they must be apolitical and leave politics in the hands of politicians.

“I stressed that police officers should never campaign or be seen campaigning for any political party,” Mkhwanazi said.

“What these police officers did is totally unacceptable, and such behavior undermines the hard work police have been doing to create a safe environment for the 2024 national and provincial elections.

“The two members will be subject to internal disciplinary measures proportional to their inappropriate behavior.”

He called on the community to report any irregularities by police officers in the province.

“No one is above the law, and police officers who find themselves on the wrong side of the law will dance to the tune of their improper actions.”