The acting provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has indicated that he supports the security measures implemented by Woolworths stores in KwaZulu-Natal.
The searches come following the recent discovery of incendiary devices in some of the stores.
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Customers, including police officers, who visit the stores are being searched.
In an official media statement released by provincial police, Lt Gen Mkhwanazi said these searches are necessary to mitigate the risk posed to shoppers who visit these stores.
“We shall support such compulsory measures. Police officers, who visit these stores as clients of Woolworths, should be subject to the same procedures reserved for all customers, whether they are in uniform or not,” Lt Gen Mkhwanazi stated.
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The SAPS dress orders and other directives specifically prohibits police officers from shopping while in uniform, whether they are on or off duty and commanders at all levels are compelled to enforce these orders.
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