Traffic cops beat man

2009-12-08 00:00

A MAN has described how he was left traumatised and in pain after he was allegedly attacked by high-ranking traffic officers, who followed him home from the main road, swore at him and assaulted him.

Ken Knipe (66) has laid char­ges of assault against the offi­cers, who allegedly grabbed him by the collar, hit him and threw him to the ground twice.

The battered man’s nightmare allegedly started on the R103 between Camperdown and Umlaas Road on Sunday afternoon.

Knipe said he was on his way home from Camperdown when a gold Audi (NP 37126) overtook him.

“It overtook me on a yellow line where overtaking is not allowed, and it immediately came back right in front of me and I had to slam on my brakes to avoid collision”.

Knipe said he was angered by the Audi driver’s reckless driving. “I was cross, and on the spur of the moment I flashed my lights.

“The driver pulled off on the other side of the road facing oncoming traffic and stopped. The window rolled down and I saw a massive man and a woman wearing full [RTI] uniform. The man, who was driving, asked me why I was flashing my lights and I told him that he nearly caused an accident.”

Knipe’s anger was quickly transformed into fear when he saw the “big man” in uniform.

“I was scared now; I knew I was in trouble, but I moved on and the Audi followed me, bumper to bumper.”

While driving home, Knipe said he was terrified because the other vehicle was driving too close behind. He arrived home, parked in front of his cottage and off-loaded his groceries.

“I put the bags on the verandah and when I stood up, this man came up to me and held me by the collar, pulled me over the balcony and started hitting me.”

According to Knipe, both officers were swearing and calling him a “racist pig”, among other things.

Neighbours who came out and witnessed the drama did not escape the slurs. “These officers were behaving like a madman and madwoman; the female was swearing at everyone who was there.”

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Knipe said he was thrown down to the ground twice by the officer.

“I managed to escape his hold and locked myself inside my room. After about two minutes, I came out, but he was there. He struck me once more and threw me to the ground.”

Eventually the traffic police got into their car and left Knipe bruised and battered.

The Witness was also informed that a neighbour tried to intervene, but was threatened with arrest, but this could not be confirmed by Knipe.

“All I want is for justice to be done; they can’t be doing this and get away with it,” said Knipe.

The Witness established that the Audi is a government vehicle, registered to the KZN Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Department.

Department spokesman Bhekisisa Mncube said the matter is being investigated. “We believe our officers are upright, but if investigations reveal any wrong- doing on their part … necessary action will be taken.”

SAPS spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan confirmed that a case of assault was opened at Camperdown police station.

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