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EC police officers arrested for drunk driving

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Two Eastern Cape police officers who were arrested for drunk driving and allegedly causing an accident at a construction site last week are also set to face a disciplinary hearing.

TWO EASTERN Cape police officers who were arrested for drunk driving and allegedly causing an accident at a construction site last week are also set to face a disciplinary hearing.

Eastern Cape provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said the incident occurred on the R58 road between Aliwal North and Lady Grey on Thursday.

It is alleged that the officers failed to stop at a stop-and-go and as a result almost ran over two female personnel working at a road construction site.

A 31-year-old constable and 56-year-old warrant officer were arrested on the scene and are expected to appear in court soon.

“On arrival at the scene, police immediately arrested one constable, aged 31, for reckless and negligent driving with a state vehicle and both of them, including a warrant officer aged 56, for being under the influence of liquor while on duty. The officers are stationed at Maletswai Police Station,” said Kinana.

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Nomthetheleli Mene hailed members of the public for their courage in reporting unprofessional conduct by police officers.

“The conduct of these members goes against the spirit and letter of the SAPS Code of Conduct and is furthermore injurious to the image of the SAPS. Therefore, it cannot be forgiven. The members concerned must deal with the consequences of their actions,” she said.

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