Images of the officers drinking in the tavern, and their subsequent arrest, were widely circulated on social media at the weekend.
Five police officers , stationed at Namahadi in Phuthaditjhaba, Free State, have been arrested for drinking alcohol while on duty.
Cops rushed to the scene but the boozing cops fled the scene upon seeing the approach of other members. Fortunately, the tavern owner (44) was arrested for failing to comply with the lockdown regulations.
All his liquor was seized and the business was closed. Then on Sunday the boozer cops went to work as if nothing had happened.
But other cops had not forgotten what they did the previous day.
They arrested four whilst on duty and the fifth one who booked off-sick was arrested at her home including a police reservist.
“Pictures of the members being arrested went viral, a moment SAPS management is not proud of, but the arrests were a necessary course of action,” said National police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo.
The police officials will be charged with defeating the ends of justice and failing to enforce and adhere to the national disaster management regulations