Cop allegedly fires on family

2009-09-26 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man said a Msunduzi traffic officer — reportedly one of the mayor’s bodyguards — shot at his vehicle while he, his girlfriend and their 15-month-old baby were inside.

The man, a tow truck driver who asked Weekend Witness not to reveal his name, said he was parked on the side of the road in the Oribi area in the early hours of Sunday morning when the officer, whose name is known to Weekend Witness, told him he was blocking traffic and must move his tow truck.

“I told him I was not blocking any traffic because there was plenty of space to pass on the side of the car.”

The man said an argument broke out and the officer pulled out his gun and hit him in the face with it.

“After he pulled out his gun, I decided to flee because I knew that he would shoot me.

“And as I was trying to flee, he fired his gun directly at my truck. He fired four shots, two of them hitting my truck at the back.”

The man said that what was most troubling was that his girlfriend and son were in the vehicle and the officer could have seriously injured or killed them.

“I am now scared to take my family anywhere with me because I fear that these people might came back for me.”

Ntobeko Ngcobo, spokeswoman for the Msunduzi Municipality, said the municipality has not been informed of the incident. She denied that the officer is employed as a body­guard at the mayor’s office, saying he is only a traffic officer.

However, police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan and sources in the traffic department said the man had been seconded to the mayor’s office as a bodyguard.

Jeevan confirmed a case has been opened and said the police have confiscated the officer’s gun for ballistic testing.

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