DA to push for removal of blue light bully

2010-01-20 00:00

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal has vowed to pull all the stops to push for the removal of the Special Operations Task Team traffic officer who allegedly attacked a Cato Ridge woman inside the Camperdown police station on Monday.

The party’s provincial spokesman for transport, Radley Keys, said this kind of behaviour on the roads by road traffic officers is getting out of hand.

Jude Ward was driving on the N3 from Pietermaritzburg when a white unmarked Isuzu double cab with tinted windows came up behind her and flashed its lights, just before the Umlaas Road off-ramp.

She said she thought the driver wanted to overtake, but she could not move to the slow lane as there was a truck to her left.

When she was clear of the truck she said she moved over to the slow lane and instead of overtaking, the driver of the Isuzu slowed down, opened his window and allegedly pointed his finger screaming and shouting at her.

He indicated that she pull off the road, but seeing that he was angry she decided to drive to the Camperdown police station.

The officer followed her and assaulted her in front of police officers, leaving her with neck and arm bruises.

Keys said the traffic officer and the police members who witnessed the incident and failed to act must be dealt with.

“The DA is committed to removing these kind of people from any position of responsibility and we won’t let this go away,” Keys said.

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