KZN police condemn use of SAPS Nyala for matric farewell joyride

KZN police condemn use of SAPS Nyala for matric farewell joyride

KwaZulu-Natal's top brass has condemned the abuse of official police resources for private use.

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Acting Provincial Commissioner, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has been commenting after a young couple allegedly arrived at a matric farewell in Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal in an armoured Nyala.

A video of the incident went viral online over the weekend.

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The footage shows several people, believed to be police officers, in full crowd control gear escorting the pupils to the end-of-year bash.

The Nyala arrives at the venue with its light flashing. Green smoke is then set off, with the couple appearing outside the vehicle once the smoke clears.
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Mkhwanazi says he is disturbed by the apparent misuse of valuable resources.

A team has been tasked with investigating the incident.

Provincial spokesperson, Jay Naicker says the acting commissioner agrees with the public sentiment that resources must be put to better use.

"A team has been assembled and will go to Newcastle to investigate this incident. [The commissioner] is concerned as his office was not informed of such an exercise, so we do not know who is behind it and at what basis they were deployed at this matric farewell," said Naicker.

Mkhwanazi said in a statement that he is deeply disturbed by what he observed. He has given instructions that police officials appearing in the video be investigated in terms of SAPS disciplinary regulations.

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He says their actions are not in line with their code of conduct nor the objectives of the SAPS, as per the constitution of this country.

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