An investigation into a bumper sticker reading "You can run but you will die tired" on a police bakkie has been launched, The Star reported on Monday.
North West police spokesperson Brigadier Thulani Ngubane appeared to be shocked to hear that the sticker, which also had an image of a rifle, was displayed on the back of an unmarked police car.
"We will investigate, establish who drives the vehicle and steps will have to be taken."
According to the report, the vehicle was parked not far from the scene where 34 striking miners were killed during a confrontation with police at Marikana, North West, on 16 August last year.
Ngubane said personalisation of police cars was prohibited, unless special permission had been granted, as this could potentially detract from the SA Police Service brand.
SA Institute for Security Studies researcher Johan Burger said the sticker was unprofessional, and came at a time when the police were arguing before the Farlam commission of inquiry that they acted appropriately at Marikana.
"Clearly someone must be acted against in terms of the police service's disciplinary code," he said.
"The message says something about the occupant of the vehicle."