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2021/02/01      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mokgwabone   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: North West Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena welcomed the dismissal of former Constable Tsekiso Jonas Tshabalala from the South African Police Service (SAPS). The former member whose dismissal was confirmed on Tuesday, 26 January 2021, was stationed at Wolmaransstad in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District.

Tshabalala's dismissal follows an internal disciplinary process which was instituted against him in terms of SAPS Discipline Regulations soon after he committed a misconduct on Saturday, 28 November 2020. That was after a video depicting a fully uniformed and intoxicated Tshabalala struggling to stand on his feet to inspect damages on a state motor vehicle after he reversed on a fence at Extension 10, Tswelelang Location in Wolmaransstad, went viral on various social media platforms. 

The former Constable, who was subsequently arrested and released on R500.00 bail, is still facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and use of motor vehicle without owner's consent. He is due to appear in court on Friday, 19 March 2021.

The Provincial Commissioner, who at the time of the incident described the former member’s conduct as unprofessional and unbecoming, pointed out that the action taken and the sanction imposed, will certainly send a clear message that the Service will not tolerate members who fail to adhere to the code of conduct.