Taxi man arrest report mystery

2009-11-06 00:00

A MONDAY afternoon drive home almost turned into a nightmare for a local woman who says she is left with more questions than answers.

Lesley Robinson was driving home from work along Karkloof Road when she came across a minibus taxi chased by a traffic patrol vehicle. Near the Amber Valley/WESSA entrance, the officer managed to overtake and block the taxi’s path.

The taxi had a full load of passengers and before it came to a stop it veered off the road, coming to rest in a ditch. Its driver jumped out and started running back towards Howick.

“I heard a gunshot, stopped my car and noticed that the taxi driver had also stopped. The officer handcuffed and arrested the driver, then assisted him into the passenger front seat of his patrol car,” said Robinson.

Another traffic vehicle and a tow truck also arrived.

When asked on Tuesday morning , uMngeni chief traffic officer Roger Everton said he knew nothing about the incident.

Said Robinson, “The chief should know about incidents like this one immediately because they could have serious consequences. Later the same day, I phoned him again. He said the incident had taken place, that the driver had been arrested for overloading, jumping a red robot, defeating the ends of justice and resisting arrest.

“He said that because of problems within the section, this was probably why he was unaware of the incident. Why was the shooting not reported and what are these sectional problems the chief was referring to?” she asked.

“We cannot allow ‘cowboys’ to do their thing and no one is aware of what has taken place, especially their superiors.”

When asked about the incident by The Witness, Everton agreed it was not reported to him immediately. “I got to know about it on Tuesday afternoon. As there was a gunshot, the officer involved should have reported the incident immediately at the office,” he said.

He would not say what the sectional problems were.

Everton said he is looking into the matter and can only reply on Monday.

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