Mayor abusive, say traffic officers

2013-01-23 00:00

THE police are investigating a case of defeating the ends of justice against Umtshezi (Estcourt) Mayor Bongani Dlamini, who has been accused of verbally abusing two traffic officers.

Dlamini, the ANC Ukhahlamba regional chairperson, has denied the allegation, saying he suspected he was the victim of a political conspiracy.

Traffic officers Nkosenye Ntshaba and Ningi Shelembe say they spotted Dlamini’s official vehicle being driven into oncoming traffic near the municipal building and entering a no-entry zone on Monday morning.

Ntshaba said he stopped the car. “I requested the driver’s licence and he said he had left it at home. The mayor, who had boarded the vehicle while Ntshaba was talking to the driver, then said that what I was doing was nonsense and that I must remove the scrap car, referring to my official vehicle, which had blocked their way.

“I was shocked and embarrassed as community members gathered at the scene because this happened in front of the municipal building, with people coming in and out for services,” he said.

Shelembe said she was still shocked after the incident.

“He was rude to my partner in front of the public. We were humiliated. One wonders if those who witnessed the incident will take us seriously as law enforcers,” she said.

Ntshaba said he had opened a case of defeating the ends of justice against Dlamini.

“No one is above the law,” he added.

Dlamini denied any wrongdoing. He said the officers were relatives of opposition National Freedom Party and Inkatha Freedom Party officials who had tried to take over the municipality last year.

“I left a council meeting in progress, rushing to the ANC’s provincial executive committee meeting somewhere else. When I walked out, I saw them talking to my driver, apparently asking for his licence.

“I asked them to let the man drive me to the meeting and to deal with the licence issue later. I said this because they know my driver; they see him all the time.”

Dlamini said he was unaware if the driver had violated any road rules in driving to the municipal building.

Co-operative Governance Department spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the department had not been told about the matter.

Colonel Jay Naicker said Estcourt police were investigating a case of defeating the ends of justice.

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