An embarrassing viral video of a drunk cop has led to his suspension.
City of Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina has confirmed that a Metro Police officer and his supervisor have been suspended after a video emerged showing an allegedly drunk Metro police officer while on duty.
“Thank you Chief of Police, General Mapeyeye after following due processes, has decided to suspend both the drunk Metro Officer and his Supervisor after considering other factors. I urge the public to give them space to conclude on this matter. Metro will give further details,” said Masina in a tweet on Wednesday.
An Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) traffic officer, who was filmed while allegedly intoxicated on duty, has been suspended.
A tweet by Ekhurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina on Wednesday confirmed that the “drunk” metro officer and his supervisor had been suspended by police chief Major General Isaac Mapiyeye.
“I urge the public to give them space to conclude on this matter. Metro will give further details,” Masina said in the tweet.
The video, which has gone viral, shows the metro officer sitting in an EMPD vehicle. Members of the public note that the officer is “drunk as hell” and that he had alcohol in the vehicle.
The officer, who appears disorientated, struggles to hand over his service pistol to another EMPD official.
The officer is eventually escorted from the scene by another official, who according to people in the video, refused to do a breathalyser test.
Dear @City_Ekurhuleni & @mzwandileMasina – WATCH this video of a metro cop allegedly under the influence of alcohol. He nearly crashed into a biker in Benoni and threatened to shoot the man while he was recording him. @GP_CommSafety @MbalulaFikile @David_Makhura Video as red pic.twitter.com/GTsZd85WK6
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) September 24, 2019
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula also took to Twitter, calling the incident a shame and saying that the metro officer would be brought to book.