South African soccer player, Tebogo Potsane, has come under fire for the viral video of him impersonating a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldier.
In a since-deleted social media post on Monday, 30 March 2020, Bloemfontein Celtic player, Tebogo Potsane, impersonated a SANDF soldier. The soccer star appeared with boxing gloves and a punching bag, where he took on the persona of an aggressive soldier. The video saw him sharing his view on what he assumed soldiers would do to a South African citizen caught loitering during the 21-day lockdown period. Furthermore, the soccer player was questioned on his SANDF uniform, with investigations currently being conducted regarding from whom the uniform was sourced.
Fans of the soccer play were not amused by his video, with many sharing that he has disrespected the people who have been keeping South Africans safe during the coronavirus pandemic. A social media user stated, “I hope this guy, Tebogo Potsane, really got arrested and fined for impersonating a SANDF officer – R100 000 would be a lot better than R10 000 fine and maybe a mandatory 21 days in jail.”
Social media has been ablaze with speculations regarding the consequences of the viral video, with many claiming that he has been faced with a hefty crime or the possibility of imprisonment. According to local media, Tebogo was reprimanded with a warning letter from the Bloemfontein Celtics, however, no formal statement has been publicised on the matter.
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Tebogo Potsane, Bloemfontein Celtics player has been arrested to pose as a soldier and fined R10 000 or ten years imprisonment. pic.twitter.com/MJrPqo3HP5
— LaceWigsGuy 🇱🇸 (@BiggDaddyKhalis) March 29, 2020
I hope this guy, #BloemfonteinCeltic midfielder #TebogoPotsane,
really got arrested and fined for impersonating a #SANDF officer – R100 000 would be alot better than R10000 fine and mayb a mandatory 21 days in jail @GenBheki_Cele @GovernmentZA @SAPoliceService https://t.co/YuVhms18mG
— South African Heroes (@SA_Heroes) March 30, 2020
#BloemCeltic midfielder Tebogo Potsane has found himself in hot water with the law, after posting a video of himself impersonating a military official. The club has confirmed that the player was arrested this weekend, but later released with a warning.
— Marc Lewis (@MarcLewisZA) March 30, 2020