Trucker beats up cops

2011-08-19 00:00

A TRUCKER chased down for speeding on the N3 beat up and insulted two female traffic officers.

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officers Ntombizodwa Magubane and Khanyisile “Nhlanhla” Dlamini were booked off duty after the attack on Wednesday afternoon.

Trucker Johannes Motsoeneng was arrested.

Dlamini said they were working at a speed trap near the Midway garage when Magubane flagged down the truck after they had clocked it doing 123 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

Motsoeneng ignored their instructions and the two officers gave chase, pulling the truck off the road after a five-kilometre pursuit.

When asked to produce his driver’s licence Motsoeneng allegedly refused to co-operate and was taken over to the officers’ vehicle.

“My colleague asked again for his licence and this time he produced it and threw it at her face. When told that he was speeding, he started throwing insults, calling my colleague a b**** and saying that she must not f*** with him. He started punching her repeatedly,” said Dlamini.

When Dlamini tried to intervene she was also called a b**** and punched repeatedly. She said the driver dragged her out of the vehicle and assaulted her.

She was allegedly pushed towards a passing truck, but she was not hit.

“As I was lying on the road I saw him coming towards me after breaking an empty bottle which he had picked up on the side of the road. I lifted myself up and ran to the car and by then back-up was arriving,” Dlamini said.

None of the officers thought of using their firearms to subdue Motsoeneng.

More RTI officers and police arrived and the driver was arrested. The truck was taken to the RTI weighbridge where it was found to be overloaded.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Motsoeneng was charged with assault, failure to comply with the orders of traffic officers, speeding, overloading and defamation of character.

He appeared in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court and was remanded in custody until next Thursday for a bail application.

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