The SAPS took to Twitter to commemorate National Police Day, which is aimed at celebrating the achievements by the service, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) took to Twitter on Wednesday, 27 January 2021, to commemorate National Police Day. The day is aimed at celebrating the achievements of the service in the past year, under the current leadership of Minister of Police, Bheki Cele.
Although the post did not note some of the SAPS’ achievements in the past year, it stated, “Although being a police official is dangerous and thankless work, you are driven by a calling and you deserve our gratitude. You are the heartbeat of the organisation, and our most valuable asset in fighting crime and protecting our communities.”
In the past year, the SAPS has been accused of police brutality on several occasions, which was not mentioned in the celebratory post. The SAPS was heavily criticised for the manner in which it enforced lockdown regulations and restrictions, especially in townships and villages.
See the post below.
#sapsHQ #NationalPoliceDay In celebrating this day, the country and the #SAPS’s management acknowledge the outstanding contribution and role police employees make and fulfil in the fight against crime. We salute you!👮♂️👮♀️#SelflessAndPatrioticService MEhttps://t.co/VDobMOqCfp pic.twitter.com/fDLmuwJM6U
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) January 27, 2021