The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko to conduct an investigation into the conduct of the metro police officers in the province as a matter of urgency.
This follows a shameful incident captured in a video which went viral on social media of a Ekurhuleni Metro police officer who was under the influence of alcohol.
The drunk officer is seen threatening bystanders and struggling to walk while his firearm is falling off.
The video also shows the name tag of the officer, the registration number of the EMPD vehicle he was using as well as the inside of the car which was full of alcohol.
This disgusting behaviour of a metro police officer must not be tolerated.
The MEC should ensure that our metro police are fit for duty to prevent crime and to ensure the safety of our residents on the roads.
The DA believes that the only solution to ensure that the metro police adhere to their code of conduct is professionalising the metro police service. This can be done by hiring people with a passion for policing and retraining metro police officers to make the metro police force honest, professional and one that serves and protects South Africans.
We will continue to monitor the progress with regards to the investigations into this incident to ensure that the law takes its course and that these rotten police officers are removed from the system. We also call on the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko to investigate the matter and give feedback in the Gauteng Legislature.