In South Africa, the days of being slay queens and seeing men and women in blue uniform participating in social media challenges are long gone.
On December 24, a circular signed by national commissioner Khehla Sitole and stamped for distribution on January 3 was delivered to the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and all police departments and divisions.
It claimed that members were tarnishing the SA Police Service’s (SAPS) professional image by posting photos of themselves in uniform on social media. It also told commanders to keep an eye on social media sites when certain officers bring the SAPS into shame by posting indecent or offensive videos or images. “When members are identified, commanders must take disciplinary action right away.”
TikTok influencer, Metro cop Tiyani Siphamele was not worried, but said should the Metro Department apply the rules, he will entertain his followers in his ordinary clothes.
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