A member of the Ekurhuleni Metro Police (EMPD) in Gauteng has been suspended pending an investigation after videos (below) of him allegedly intoxicated were widely circulated on social media.
Yusuf Abramjee, an anti-crime activist, said in a post on one of the videos on Twitter that the EMPD member almost bumped into a motorcycle rider in Benoni with his official vehicle.
Abramjee further states that the member threatened to shoot the man who made a video of him. However, this could not be confirmed.
The officer was dressed in his uniform. In the videos, the member appears to be under the influence of alcohol, as it sounds like he is talking tow and he does not look steadfast on his feet.
The videos also show that there is liquor on the floor of the passenger seat of his office vehicle and how a colleague takes his firearm from him after it almost fell out of the holster.
Ekurhuleni’s acting mayor Lesiba Mpya said on Wednesday morning that an inquiry was made immediately when the videos came to light.
The member was searched at his home. He was immediately suspended and his official vehicle and firearm were taken from him.
“The metro police chief was immediately notified to investigate. We are also amazed at the behavior of the other metro police officer in the video, ”says Mpya. He explains that it appears that the colleague of the “drunk” member is acting half as protection for him and he therefore insists that this member be investigated as well.
The presumably drunken EMPD member is from a Springs area. He has long been in the service of the metro police, says Mpya.
“The member was searched at his home. He was immediately suspended and his official vehicle and firearm were taken from him, ”says Mpya.
It is not yet clear whether the member was on duty at the time of the incident or not. However, Mpya says it would not make a difference if he was not on duty at that stage.
“He was driving his Ekurhuleni metro police vehicle, he was in his official uniform and there was alcohol in the vehicle. He must act in the public interest and it is clear that he was not fit for it, ”says Mpya.
Frans Mmoko, mayor committee member for community safety in Ekurhuleni, says the metro strongly condemns the behavior of the metro police member.
Where and when the video was taken forms part of the investigation. However, Mpya says the videos appear to have been taken recently.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula commented on the videos on Twitter.
“It’s a shame. We will prosecute him, ”Mbalula said on Twitter.
In another tweet, he also congratulates the people who worked together to stop the supposedly drunken officer. He encourages this cooperation from everyone.