Cruising with J9: Gotta love those Cape Town Metro boys

2011-11-11 13:06

The Johannesburg Metro Police have earned the reputation of being foes instead of friends. I’m all for visible policing, so hiding behind the bush with a speed trap doesn’t get my vote.

They’re not the friendliest people I’ve come across. And some stop me just to check out the fancy car I’m test-driving.

They have a somewhat tainted reputation because of corruption and lazy policing.

However, they just can’t compare with the antics of their brothers – and sisters – in arms down in Cape Town.

Let’s just say, I’m much less sceptical about being pulled over by the boys in blue there than here in the concrete jungle.

I think twice in Jozi and when I am expected to pull over during late hours, I try to drive to the nearest police or petrol station.

Last week I jumped a red light in Cape Town. The roads were clear and I had my eyes on the white Nissan Tiida not too far behind.

It was after 3am and I had no intention of waiting at a quiet, red light.

As soon as I had done so, I noticed blue lights speeding up behind me. I pulled over and rolled the window down. The Nissan Tiida pulled up beside me. It was an unmarked metro car with two officers in uniform.

“Good morning ma’am. Is everything alright?” said the officer behind the wheel.

“Yes, thank you, sir, I just don’t like stopping at quiet roads this time of the morning,” I replied.

After thanking them for the concern and reassuring them that I’m fine, I hear one of them say: “Okay, love you!”

I was already pulling away and nearly drove into the curb after hearing that. I thought I must be tired, but I looked over and saw the officer in the passenger chuckling at his partner and the driver had a silly grin on his face as he waved at me.

That was weird, but not as funny as the metro cops who approached some friends and I at a petrol station a few weeks earlier.

We had just bought some drinks for a braai at home, so they were quite visible on the back seat.

He came over to my side and started telling me the funniest jokes for a good 10 minutes. I couldn’t stop laughing.

His jokes were drier than the Savanna ads on TV, but the random situation had me in stitches.

He then warned us about a roadblock up ahead and advised us not to open any drinks on our way home.

It made me wish that all officers were that friendly, especially the ones in Joburg.

Respect would be a given to friendlier and helpful personalities, and we’d see law enforcement as a service to the people rather than a threat.

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