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Cop in charge of #ANC54 security a Dlamini Zuma supporter, defies SAPS law

Section 46 of the SAPS Act prohibits police officers from publicly displaying, expressing support for or associating with a political party.

Lieutenant Colonel Tankiso Moshoeshoe wearing ANC colours. Picture: Supplied

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News can reveal that the police commander in charge of the African National Congress (ANC) elective conference has been openly supporting Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in blatant disregard of policing legislation.

Lieutenant Colonel Tankiso Moshoeshoe has taken to Facebook in recent months to express his support for the former ANC presidential candidate.

In one Facebook post, he is also seen posing with what appears to be an AK47 assault rifle.

Moshoeshoe was identified on Tuesday as the SAPS member who manhandled journalist Sam Mkokeli, forcing Mkokeli to hand over his media accreditations to avoid being further harassed or manhandled.

Moshoeshoe is the police’s major events commander and based in the VIP protection unit.

On 25 November, Moshoeshoe shared a video on Facebook of Dlamini Zuma dancing on a stage and commented, “victory is certain”.

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Earlier in the month he shared a picture of the ANC presidential candidate which said “We are ready for Nkosazana”.

This is the commander that the SAPS appointed to manage security at the hotly-contested ANC elective conference which saw the emergence of factions and slates as Dlamini Zuma went up against Cyril Ramaphosa.

Section 46 of the SAPS Act prohibits police officers from publicly displaying, expressing support for or associating with a political party.

When asked for comment on Moshoeshoe’s blatant display of political affiliation and bias, the police’s Vish Naidoo confirmed that they will investigate the allegations.