Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has issued a stern warning in response to the circulation of misleading posters falsely attributed to the South African Police Service.
These posters, bearing the iconic SAPS emblem and claiming to be a “Special Public Announcement for the Festive Season,” have been making the rounds on social media.
They contain a disturbing message, warning women to carry cash with them when partying or give men what they want in return for buying them drinks.
The supposed police notice even goes as far as advising against calling the police in such situations, as they will be preoccupied with other matters.
Such content is not only false and unauthorised, but also completely unacceptable to the SAPS.
In the strongest terms, we condemn the attempt to tarnish our image, vision, and objectives through these malicious messages.
Limpopo police spokesperson, Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, urges all members of the community to disregard this unauthorised article and the harmful messages it conveys.
Lt Gen Hadebe emphasises that any individual found to be intentionally participating in spreading such unauthenticated remarks on social media platforms will face legal consequences.
“It is unlawful to make false claims about the SAPS and we will not hesitate to take action against those who do so. Let us work together to protect our community and uphold the integrity of the South African Police Service.”,” she added..
Police implore anyone with information that can assist us in identifying and stopping these criminal elements to contact our crime stop number, 0860010111, or the nearest police station. Alternatively, you can use the MySAPSApp to report any suspicious activity.