In­sta­gram cop has fol­low­ers’ tongues wag­ging over her looks

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - KWANDOKUHLE NJOLI

“FRISK me, of­fi­cer” was the wish of more than 30 000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers will­ing to come to Dur­ban to get on the bad side of the law and be ar­rested by of­fi­cer Sanele Sop­hazi.

The po­lice of­fi­cer, who cel­e­brated her 30th birth­day last week, has caused a so­cial me­dia stir be­cause of her looks.

Sop­hazi, who works at the Pine­town po­lice sta­tion, said so­cial me­dia users were flock­ing to her place of work to get their doc­u­ments signed by her.

On so­cial me­dia users asked to be hand­cuffed by her.

“When I am out with my friends or even when I am work­ing, I get peo­ple look­ing and point­ing at me and ask­ing each other if it re­ally is me,” said Sop­hazi.

“Even dur­ing road­blocks, I find peo­ple star­ing and some even scream out ‘Its her,’ said Sop­hazi.”

The of­fi­cer’s pho­tos have been shared widely by male fol­low­ers who wrote “feel­ing safer just look­ing” about them.

An In­sta­gram user re­cently com­mented on her page: “I’d com­mit crime ev­ery day just to be ar­rested by you.”

Sop­hazi said she had In­sta­gram bou­tiques send­ing her pri­vate mes­sages ask­ing her to be an am­bas­sador for their brands.

Sev­eral SA po­lice­women are gain­ing so­cial me­dia fame, with thou­sands of users fol­low­ing them.

But while com­ments may be flat­ter­ing, Sop­hazi was se­ri­ous about her work.

“I don’t have a prob­lem telling peo­ple where to get off. I want to be re­spected for my job and not my looks.” Two years ago, her In­sta­gram ac­count “Sanel­berry” had 593 likes.

This changed when she posted a pic­ture of her­self in po­lice uni­form and re­ceived more than 1000 likes. Her most re­cent pic­ture has re­ceived more than 6000 likes.

Likes are a “stamp of ap­proval” for In­sta­gram users.

LEON LESTRADE African News Agency ( ANA )

SANELE Sop­hazi is an In­sta­gram hit. |

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