PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Irukandji
 
Comments: 11
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Irukandji's badges.
 

Where have all the spietcops gone?

04 June 2012, 18:13

When last have you seen a *“regte egte” traffic cop doing point duty; or directing traffic at the scene of an accident; or pulling a vehicle off the road? Have they all died out?

I got my driver’s license in the days when the sight of a traffic cop made you sit up straighter behind the wheel and concentrate on your driving and immediate surroundings. The speed cop of yesteryear bore the brunt of many jokes – typically depicted as Afrikaans-speaking, dim-witted, uneducated, and ill-mannered. But doing what needed to be done, and doing it well.

Few people realise that being a speed cop is hard work – driving a motorbike in all kinds of weather conditions, risking your life when chasing after drunk and aggressive drivers, confronting hostile road users, etc, etc.

I honestly cannot remember one instance where a bribe was asked or given – although it might have happened to other drivers. One thing is for sure; taxis did not own the road like they do today, nor were people constantly being killed because of unsafe vehicles, or by those who have bought their driver’s licenses from corrupt officials.

Nowadays the uniformed officials who are seen at roadblocks – or escort the blue light gravy train – contribute very little to road safety or law enforcement.

Like most government employees, cops forget that the public pay their salaries.

I know that some people will disagree when I say that the cops are inefficient, corrupt, incompetent, and in most cases, unhelpful. Add to this mix that they are the biggest suppliers of firearms to criminals in this country (through “lost” and unaccounted official weapons) and the fact that SAPS members are constantly in the news because of crimes that they have committed.

In short – I do not trust a cop as far as I can throw my own nose.

As with most things in this country, traffic enforcement has gone to the dogs.

I never thought that I would say this, but, please: could we have the old “regte egte” speed cop back – the rude **“boertjie” who started writing a traffic fine the moment he got off his bike.

Ah, only in dreams.  

*  “regte egte” – dyed in the wool

** “boertjie” – the people Malema wants to kill

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Dineo Malakoane
Oscar Pistorius: Unjust Justice

I am absolutely disappointed at the 5yr sentence that Oscar received. I believe that Gerrie Nel did a brilliant job and Judge Masipa should have found him guilty of murder in the first place.  Read more...

5 comments 254 views
Submitted by
tlg
Oscar Pistorius's sentence: Was j...

The Oscar Pistorius trial is now complete, tried, convicted and sentenced, BUT was justice served? Read more...

3 comments 205 views
Submitted by
KevinKing
Oscar, guilty even if proven inno...

I was never intending to write anything on the Oscar Trial, but after reading an article titled “Pistorius Trial: The arrogance, the privilege, the farce, the insult” I suddenly have a lot to say. Read more...

10 comments 1565 views
Submitted by
Mamokhele Sebatane
I spit on Oscar's 5 year sentence

I don't know much about law, or about the justice system. But I know the pain of losing someone, especially to death. Read more...

7 comments 632 views
Submitted by
Zulu Mkhise
"Some" justice

At least some justice was was served today, OP has remorse for his actions. Read more...

0 comments 917 views
Submitted by
Anne Els
OP vs OJ

I am so not impressed! In my opinion it is too light and he will probably only serve the 1/6th (10 months) and some other loophole will be found to get him out and into "House arrest". Read more...

14 comments 933 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.