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Bloemfontein Celtic player, Tebogo Potsane, comes under fire for impersonation of SANDF soldier

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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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