Two high-ranking people at the JB Marks traffic department in Potchefstroom were apparently caught when they chatted with an employee at a local liquor store and bought liquor there.
The superintendent, assistant superintendent and employee were arrested following the alleged transaction last Thursday at an Overland store in the city, municipal spokesman Willie Maphosa said.
“The traffic officers were each released on bail of R1 000 and the employee on bail of R13 000.”
The three are due to appear again in the city’s magistrate’s court on May 7 for allegedly violating national containment regulations under disaster management legislation.
Maphosa said there were video footage of the officers being identified.
“The liquor store employee was also questioned.”
Maphosa says the municipality abhors any form of bad discipline and criminal behavior among its workers and the public.
“We work with the police and hope the court will take its course.”
The two officials will also be subjected to an internal disciplinary process, he says.
“We are serious about people having to comply with the containment regulations. Stay home and stay safe. ”