Drunk of­fi­cer video shocks de­part­ment

Pretoria News - - Metro - JONISAYI MAROMO

THE con­duct of a Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices of­fi­cer, de­picted drunk while in uni­form in a video cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia, has ap­palled the de­part­ment, an of­fi­cial said.

“Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices is aware of a video depict­ing a drunk of­fi­cial in de­part­ment uni­form cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia. The de­part­ment is deeply ap­palled and ag­grieved by this video,” spokesper­son Singabakho Nxumalo said.

“Con­duct of this na­ture can never be al­lowed in the de­part­ment, hence an ur­gent in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been in­sti­tuted.”

In the video, the vis­i­bly ine­bri­ated of­fi­cial is awo­ken, seem­ingly by a su­pe­rior at the de­part­ment, and strug­gles to con­verse and to stand still.

Asked where his ser­vice firearm is, the man checks his hol­ster, sees it is miss­ing, checks on the chair where he was sleep­ing and searches his pock­ets.

He is un­able to stand on one leg when asked to do so.

Nxumalo said the of­fi­cial’s con­duct went against the Ser­vice De­liv­ery Char­ter.

“The Ser­vice De­liv­ery Char­ter clearly de­fines what is ex­pected of a cor­rec­tional of­fi­cial, and how one ought to be­have in the line of duty,” said Nxumalo.

“The man­date of the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices is to con­trib­ute to­wards a just, peace­ful and safer South Africa, and that de­mands that our of­fi­cials must main­tain a sound state of mind and be pro­fes­sional in per­form­ing their du­ties.

“This mat­ter will be fully in­ves­ti­gated and the de­part­ment con­demns this type of be­hav­iour in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms.” | African News Agency (ANA)

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