Top cop’s ‘shoe threat’

2010-06-10 00:00

RUMOURS of a crimen injuria charge against the KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner’s husband have surfaced after both the commissioner and her partner allegedly threatened to assault a female traffic officer at the weekend.

Numerous sources have claimed that provincial commissioner Mamunye Ngobeni and her husband were allegedly stopped twice on the N3 for exceeding the speed limit on Saturday evening; first at Balgowan where they were allegedly issued with a fine and then in Hilton, where the incident was reported.

A Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officer, who did not wish to be named for fear of victimisation, pulled the vehicle over for speeding on the N3.

Roshan Lil-Ruthan of the Public Servants Association (PSA) was briefed on the matter and spoke to The Witness on behalf of the officer.

He said official meetings to discuss the incident will begin today. He was able to provide general information that had been relayed to him.

According to Lil-Ruthan, the driver (Ngobeni’s husband) threatened to assault the officer and hurled insults at her when she attempted to check the validity of his licence and perform other standard procedures.

“At that stage, the provincial commissioner, who was dressed in civilian clothes, got out of the vehicle.

She pulled off one of her shoes and gestured as though she was going to throw it at the officer,” said Lil-Ruthan.

According to Lil-Ruthan, Ngobeni shouted “Who the hell do you think you are?” and “I’ll have your job; do you know who I am?” at the officer.

However, police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said Ngobeni was reacting to threatening behaviour from the officer.

According to Radebe, the officer acted “unacceptably towards the commissioner”. She said the issue will be “investigated thoroughly”.

Radebe also stressed that no case had been opened against Ngobeni herself.

Still, the officer laid a charge of crimen injuria in Hilton that night. Official records allegedly provide the complainant’s details and grievances but list no suspect.

“How can there be a dispute where there is no suspect?” asked Lil-Ruthan. “Here we see the high-handedness of politics. It’s all about who you are,” he said.

Lil-Ruthan vowed that the PSA will shield its members from being victimised.

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