The Free State police, roads and transport department launched an internal investigation after three traffic officials were caught on video appearing to load alcohol into a department vehicle.

The truck lost its load on the R57, close to Heilbron in the Free State, on Friday last week.

The department was made aware of the incident, which had been circulating on social media, after journalists requested information about it on Monday.

“We managed to get information on this matter. Three of the officials on the video are from our department. The department is unfolding employee relations processes to deal with the matter,” said spokesperson Hillary Mophethe.

Social media users allege that the officers left injured parties unattended, while they loaded the booze into their car.

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Mophethe, though, could not comment on the issue.

“We can’t preempt the outcome. It’s like a court case, we have to wait for the final judgment to be made,” she said.

According to Mophethe, the officials were identified by their supervisor.

“The supervisor knows who’s on duty where and when. It’s standard, that’s how they were identified,” she said.

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