Four police officers in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, are in hot water after they were caught sleeping while on duty.

The officers were photographed by a complainant who found them fast asleep in the radio control room at the station about two weeks ago.

Following the incident, the station is investigating a case of misconduct against the four officers caught on camera.

Middelburg police spokeswoman Captain Khanyisile Zwane said statements would be taken from the officers, followed by a disciplinary action.

“Sleeping on duty is an offence,” said Zwane.

“The outcome [of the disciplinary action] will be determined after the investigation has been completed,” Zwane added.

Zwane said investigations normally take up to 30 days.

Three months ago, a picture of two sleeping Pretoria police officers blazed across social media.

The officers were photographed snoozing in a patrol vehicle parked outside a filling station in Centurion, south of Pretoria.

Four police officers in Middelburg

According to the 2012/2013 Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) annual report, 1040 disciplinary recommendations were made to the South African Police Service.

Also in the same financial year, 1080 recommendations were made to the director of public prosecutions for the prosecution of rogue police officers caught on the wrong side of the law.

As a result, the IPID had 538 cases on various court rolls around the country during the same period.

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