SAPS Pilot Allegedly Lands Helicopter in Queenstown Parking Lot to Buy KFC

LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA - 9 December 2010: An SAPS helicopter during a practice police drill which took place in Limpopo, South Africa, on 9 December 2010. The helicopters are used to combat crime over the nine provinces in South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sowetan/Elijar Mushiana)

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is investigating one of its police pilots who on Tuesday allegedly made a landing in a parking lot in Queenstown, Eastern Cape – seemingly to buy a KFC meal.

“They were on patrol in the Eastern Cape, but the question of them landing and why is still under investigation,” national police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo told howsouthafrica on Saturday.

Images went viral on social media of a police officer who has not yet been identified landing in a parking lot at a local mall in Queenstown at around 14:00 on Tuesday, where he proceeded to the local KFC franchise to place an order.

A Facebook post describes how the man did not land because of an emergency or crime being in progress, but solely to buy a take-away meal before returning to the helicopter.

Naidoo told us that internal investigations are not normally open to the public, but police are “following up on this incident”.

“This investigation into the landing in the Eastern Cape is an internal matter, we will look into it,” Naidoo said.


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