High ranking military officials caught smoking under lockdown set to face the music

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says he has escalated the matter regarding high ranking military officials who were caught live on camera smoking at the struggle stalwart Ntate Andrew Mlangeni’s funeral.

Smoking is still prohibited under level 3 lockdown, Minister Cele said before that anyone caught smoking he or she will have to face consequences and produce evidence of when and where they brought those cigarettes.

“I spoke to the defence minister yesterday, who said internal disciplinary action has been taken against soldiers smoking there,” Cele said on Friday.

“In the army that is called a negative order. Once you have a negative order, there is some form of discipline going forward, and that has already happened.” 

Minister Cele was saying this during an update on 2019/20 crime stats.

SANDF is yet to comment on the matter.

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