Zapped: blue light bullies are back

2010-01-20 00:00

PULLING the zap sign was what landed two local drivers, the latest victims of blue light bullying, in hot water.

Eric Msomi, who was with his family at the time of the blue light bullying incident, which included three-year-old twin boys, said his situation could have turned deadly since he was threatened with firearms.

Msomi said he had just turned onto the Market Road offramp in Mkondeni on Sunday, following an unmarked white Nissan double cab bakkie. He said the bakkie moved over the barrier line onto their side of the road, trying to avoid a truck attempting to turn at the robot towards the RTI station.

To prevent being hit by the bakkie, Msomi said he simply pressed his horn to warn the driver.

“As I was standing parallel to them, the driver rolled down the left side window and arrogantly asked what the matter was. I pointed to him that he was moving to my lane and his bakkie was about to hit mine.”

According to Msomi’s wife, Thembile, the driver and his passenger started shouting insults and being rude to them.

“My husband was quiet for a while but ended up losing it and gave them the finger as we drove off,” she said.

The couple said these RTI officers, whose names are known to The Witness, started chasing after them, driving against oncoming traffic to get to them, with their sirens wailing.

“They alighted from their vehicle with their guns pointed at us. One of the officers came to my door and ordered me out of the vehicle. As I did, he grabbed me by my shirt and pushed me against the door.”

He said his wife was also being pushed around by the other officer. Thembile revealed that she was an RTI officer after seeing that her husband was being manhandled.

Another RTI vehicle with two officers in it came and the alleged abusers fled the scene.

“I’m angry to have been treated like this by uniformed officers in front of my family. If my wife was not an RTI officer, I’m sure I would have been physically assaulted …,” said Msomi.

In another incident, Louise Viljoen (29) showed the middle finger after being hassled by what she thought was an arrogant driver in an unmarked car. The occupants were not in uniform and produced laminated cards, she said.

Viljoen said she was on her way home from work on Friday when two VW Polos with tinted windows, travelling at high speed flashed their headlights for her to move out of the fast lane.

“I got so angry that they were driving so recklessly that when I did move I gave them a middle finger.”

She said she was chased after that and eventually forced to a stop where she said she endured verbal abuse for at least 15 minutes.

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