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Cops are footloose in Musina

2012-06-10 17:15

Johannesburg - Not even Usain Bolt can run fast enough to catch a speeding car – but in Limpopo’s Musina Municipality, that’s exactly what traffic officers are expected to do every day.

The men and women in uniform are not training for the Olympics or trying to keep fit; they simply don’t have cars.

Last week, City Press found six traffic officers sitting under a tree in downtown Musina, taking turns to stop cars and running after them if drivers didn’t stop.

One officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Chief, these guys [motorists] now know that we don’t have cars and they just don’t stop.

“We run after them, hoping that they will get caught in traffic and we will catch up with them. I’m looking for another job. I can’t work like this.

“This is a joke. We haven’t had cars in more than three months. We have about four cars, but they are all in for repairs.

“It sounds like a joke and you are laughing, but this is serious. How do we respond to accidents without cars?

Sad story


Accidents happen often and we can’t help. It is a sad story. I’m told we will only get cars in the new financial year.”

Municipal spokesperson Wilson Dzebo said three of Musina’s traffic cars had broken down and the other had been involved in an accident.

“They now have to patrol on foot as we have a serious shortage of cars. Patrolling is part of their duties anyway. We will buy four new cars in the beginning of the new financial year next month.”

He said the municipality had leased three cars to ease the pressure.

But the anonymous officer told City Press she had not seen any cars.

 “Maybe they did lease cars, but I haven’t seen any.”

Comments
  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-06-10 10:55

    Although I am touched by the article, I am really dissapointed by the way Tshivenda names and surnames are mispelt since the departure of Mathatha Tsedu and Khathu Mamaila from City Press. These mispellings appear on both electronic and hard copy. Mispelling someone's name or surname is a serious contravention of press code of conduct. The editors should always get advice from those with vernalar languages expertise. I know Wilson Dzebu whose surname you spelt Dzebo. Our surnames deserve respect!!

      Harold - 2012-06-10 18:39

      Who the hell is talking about spelling the thieves are getting away and you want to start talking about spelling go ge3t a life on another page please.

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-06-10 19:58

      @tshivhombelaf, Learn to spell vernacular, then worry about other people's spelling mistakes.

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-06-11 10:50

      I am in total agreement with you tshivombelaf! It is so vital that one gives the correct spelling and name as one could i9nadvertently give the incorrect one and have a case of libel or slander brought by a totally unrelated person. There is a total lack of editorship here and mostly I overlook it especially spelling errors committed by 2nd or 3rd landguage speakers but a name is vital. People get necklaced for less and spelling the name of a man in a rape case incorrectly leaves that innocent man branded for life even if it is later corrected by the press. The stigma that an error in the press can put on a person can even lead to suicide due to victimisation which stems from a simple thing like editing and checking on a name. I get my surname and first name spelled all kinds of ways. Haze, Huis, Hays etc and it irritates the heck out of me. I've even had Heyns. Gail similarly can be spelled Gail, Gale, Gayle and so on

  • mamalo.majola - 2012-06-10 12:10

    Limpopo, a collapsed province. This is sad but funny :)

  • SANDIFUMBA - 2012-06-10 13:22

    One officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Chief, these guys (motorists) now know that we don’t have cars and they just don’t stop. “We run after them, hoping that they will get caught in traffic and we will catch up with them. I’m looking for another job. I can’t work like this. lolYou gotta love Limpompo and its dedicated Traffic Officers. hahahaha

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-06-10 21:13

      @Sandi I feel for the poor cops there. Cassell Mathale and Juju swiped the cash.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-06-10 14:06

    Foot patrols is also part of traffic officer when enforcing traffic law right. But the issue of these officers to do roadside check and chassing after the motorist who fail to stop is totally unacceptable. The municipal must buy car or rent car from avis while their still waiting for so called financial year

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-10 18:18

      The problem is that there's no money to buy cars thanks to Mathale and Malema et al.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-06-10 18:22

    traffic cop for speeding donkey cart sa is a crazy country

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-10 18:23

    Typical anc service.....

  • Sagin - 2012-06-10 18:49

    Viva south africa viva zuma viva anc, such competent leadership. now i can see why all these ancyl mouthpieces on news 24 are always going on about how great their leaders are. this is what your f$%^ed up future holds. this is what Your destiny is. You will suffer because you will make sure of it. keep voting you fools, keep shouting that it is the white mans fault. Viva you idiots viva

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-06-10 18:49

    Lol I just bet they get flipped the finger more often than a driver actually stopping for them lol !! Hahahahahahahahahahaahaaa

  • Bob - 2012-06-10 18:52

    Someone please get this on video so we can all see it on YouTube! Actually, I wonder how many cars these officers break and crash in a year, which is causing them to have none?

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-06-10 18:53

    Lol I hear my 94 year old grandma actually drove past them and flipped them one too !! Lmao hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa, man I'm rolling with laughter !

      shireen.abbas - 2012-06-10 19:09

      Oohh a thumbsdown !! Lol I'm still rolling with laughter ! Hahhahahahahahahahaahahahahahahhaahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahahahahahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-10 18:56

    O no!Now What aboud there private shoppings at town,KFC and picking up families ,friends and kids at school.?I wonder

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-10 19:01

    Ekse stop stop Ek is u speedcop ! ek skryf jou naam op.

  • Harold - 2012-06-10 19:25

    I wish these people would ask the old regime to help them manage the country because I feel so sorry for them. They havent got a clue what to do but their pride prevents them from asking for help. Now they just mess up everrything and worry more about changing names or how names should be spelt. What can we do before they destroy the place.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-10 19:36

    Where are all the ancyl puppets? nothing to say? come on you guys can twist and warp any story , where are you ? toygun mk? busiswe? tsepho? suckwhati? arent you guys going to find a way to blame the white man for this too? is this still a legacy of apartheid?

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-06-10 19:38

    As hulle hul voertuie deurtrek en oppas het hulle voertuie. Iemand soek seker elke jaar 'n ander voertuig en skryf die ander gerieflik af. Tipies

  • Isabel - 2012-06-10 20:13

    hahahahahah whaaaahahaha whahahahaha. Say thank you to Malema. whahahaha... NOO more fat Cops....Maybe Malema should become a Cop and run after the cars so that he can find out what hard work is all about.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-10 20:15

    Hahahahahaha.I can just imagine....

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-06-10 20:25

    Ha ha ha,m not laughing bt I just did already. I'm coming there month-end with my nuberplateless car,catch me if u can!

  • nteroes - 2012-06-10 20:29

    Bane moto eziy 4 nly haybo...nd not even one on those,. is a new car...ndoyiiika kusazodlalwa ngabo

  • nteroes - 2012-06-10 20:29

    Bane moto eziy 4 nly haybo...nd not even one on those,. is a new car...ndoyiiika kusazodlalwa ngabo

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-10 20:29

    Im sorry but the Always Need Criminals is a disgrace to the world,just like their pal north of us.Let the DA sort the problem out.

  • Zahir - 2012-06-10 20:37

    Welcome to Limpopo Zimbabwe's newest province and home of the exiled-leader of the Ancyl

  • Zahir - 2012-06-10 20:45

    Traffic cops on foot patrols or Speed cops without the wheels?

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-10 20:55

    the 3 leased cars are sitting in the driveways of the mayor, speaker and city manager. Where else would they be?

  • Provence - 2012-06-10 21:03

    What about donkies? Import camels from Egypt. They don't need water for many days.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-10 21:18

    Donkeys and camels will get slaughtered for funerals etc.

  • Obakeng - 2012-06-10 21:43

    LOL....unbelievable.

  • Obakeng - 2012-06-10 21:46

    LOL....unbelievable.

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-06-10 22:34

    Bravo ANC Bravo. This country would be such a better place without the ANC fucxing useless !

  • Bonga Mthembu - 2012-06-10 23:18

    Same story in Pietermaritzburg!

  • johan.vandermerwe.33 - 2012-06-10 23:52

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHahahahaaahahahahahahahhhhhhaaaaa

  • Chaapo - 2012-06-11 01:03

    It can only happen in Limpopo province. What would you expect when the leadership is mad up of Juju and his cronies? He drives the agenda there, doesn't he?

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-06-11 02:35

    Ry tokoloshi. Joking but seriously joking...hahahahahahahaaaaaa

  • neo.lee.3956 - 2012-06-11 06:19

    Im rolling with laughter. Serious now,which mayor is cruzing around with those 3 leased cars. This govemnt is turning this country in2 a circus show. Eish still laughing.

  • neo.lee.3956 - 2012-06-11 06:20

    Im rolling with laughter. Serious now,which mayor is cruzing around with those 3 leased cars. This govemnt is turning this country in2 a circus show. Eish still laughing.

  • buwaz - 2012-06-11 07:25

    Unbelievable

  • Martin - 2012-06-11 07:58

    failed state

  • Warwick - 2012-06-11 08:24

    Typical, eish

  • Rob - 2012-06-11 08:39

    Great planning! Is the management incapable of scheduling repairs and service......and ensuring that budget is available to pay. Are there issues of driver competency Then again, the same level of planning and management competence is obvious all over the place.

  • SteVmphO - 2012-06-11 10:37

    hehehe,,,ohwell, on d ada hand, they r contributing positively to the effects of global-warming. but seriously though, baba tlaetla gampe, hw shud they carry out their duties thoroughly???

  • juniorjones.justice - 2012-06-11 11:47

    Lol realy this is a real joke nd failure to management of municipal assets#come on mustwn

  • cnukeri - 2012-06-11 12:10

    Really it is not funny but I think ....It is not bad idea to use horses in the mean time for traffic officials to run after the BMWs and Mercedes. If the idea does not work try bicycle. Other countries like England are not ashamed to ride on horse to do their work. Cape Town also patrols the city using horses

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