Police attitude, cause for concern

2016-12-06 06:01

AT around 3.30pm on Monday 28 November I had to make a U-turn at the Inanda-Fisher intersection in order to head towards Waterfall.
Quarter-way into the intersection, I waited for oncoming traffic to clear or for the traffic light to switch. I noticed a taxi and a VW police van in Fisher Road that needed to take note of my intentions.
As the traffic light turned amber for traffic on Inanda Road I started to turn with my indicator on. The taxi, however, did not wait and rushed around forcing me to stop and make sure the rest was not following his example.
Great was my surprise when police van came after me and signalled me to pull over. A man in civil clothes from the van asked me if I knew that I was in the wrong. I asked him to show me the road sign prohibiting a U-Turn.
He said he will have to arrest me if I refuse to acknowledge I was in the wrong. I again asked him to show me, upon which he pointed the blue arrow out and asked me the meaning.
When I told him it is a keep left command and again asked for proof that I was in the wrong he angrily said: “You are a f****n old man that does not know your road signs, get in your car and go.
Him and his colleague (in police clothes with bullet proof vest) then got back in their van and drove off.

I would appreciate an official indication why the taxi was not flagged down, why the police officer was adamant that I was in the wrong, and why, as civil servant on official duty, the officer demonstrated racism and inflammatory language.

Aggrieved road user
Hillcrest

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