Assault of motorist ‘excessive’

2010-03-02 00:00

THE DA has expressed disgust at the alleged assault of a pregnant motorist by a woman Msunduzi traffic officer over the weekend.

Buyisiwe Makhoba was allegedly slapped across the face when she edged her car through a gap between runners in the Maritzburg Marathon on Sunday.

Radley Keys, DA spokesman for KZN transport, said, “There are too many law enforcement officers who have delusions of grandeur and think they are above the law.

“The traffic officer’s response is excessive and she had no right whatsoever to assault Makhoba.”

Makhoba said she did not stop after the incident for fear of causing an accident, but described the altercation as shocking.

Msunduzi traffic department superintendent Kwenza Khumalo expressed concern at the incident, saying a full investigation will follow and that both sides will be heard.

Makhoba has laid a charge of criminal assault against the officer, a step the DA applauded.

The DA said it encourages motorists who have been victims of “an unwarranted abuse of power by law enforcement” to report such incidents.

 

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