Man run down after cops shun call for help

2014-05-06 00:00

IF two KZN Road Traffic Inspectorate Officers (RTI) had listened to Gavin Bloy and done their duty, a helpless, disorientated old man would have been saved from being seriously injured in an accident on Alexandra Road yesterday afternoon.

An angry Bloy is determined to do his best to identify the errant officers and get them to realise the tragic consequences of their dereliction of duty. He did not take down the number plate of the vehicle but he is convinced their bosses must have a roster to say who was where at lunchtime yesterday.

Bloy told The Witness he was driving up Alexandra Road just after 1 pm yesterday when he noticed a well dressed man who appeared disorientated walking down the road weaving in and out of the traffic. He spotted a traffic vehicle with two officers near Jesmond Road.

“There were two women officers, the one was sipping coffee out of a polystyrene cup. I stopped alongside them at the robot and told them to help the man who was further down the road. They ignored me, turned into Jesmond Road and drove away. I was shocked and angry,” Bloy said.

Thinking they were Msunduzi officers, he drove straight to their traffic headquarters in Washington Road. There he realised that the officers he had spoken to were from RTI.

A staff member at Washington Road said Alexandra Road police station would be contacted. Bloy drove back to Alexandra Road and will forever be haunted by the sight of the man lying injured on the roadside after having been knocked down by a car.

Spokesperson for KZN Emergency Services, Robert Mackenzie, said the accident appeared to be a hit and run and that the man had sustained serious injuries and was taken by private ambulance to Northdale Hospital.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu humbly apologised for what happened. “Our mandate is to save lives,” she said.

Mngomezulu asked Bloy to send a description of the vehicle. “This will help us to identify the station involved.”

She said there were 27 RTI stations across the province, as well as a local Pietermaritzburg RTI offices.

However, vehicles from the other stations do come to the city to the Traffic Training College or to the head office. She said having a registration number would have helped. Mngomezulu said Bloy could send a letter explaining what had transpired to 172 Burger Street or e-mail

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