News24

Female traffic cops beaten up over fine

2012-08-13 22:25

Johannesburg - A farmer was arrested on Monday for allegedly beating up three traffic officers in Ventersdorp, the North West public safety department said.

The 52-year-old man apparently attacked three women officers at a roadblock on the R30 between Ventersdorp and Derby, spokesman Lesolang Simon Mmope said in a statement.

They discovered his licence disk had expired in 2007, and asked him to get out of his car so they could fine him. The farmer allegedly punched the officers and drove off.

They called for back-up and he was caught about 1km away.

He was arrested and charged with obstructing a traffic officer in the performance of her duties, and assault.

The three officers were admitted to the Ventersdorp provincial hospital.

The farmer was expected to appear in the town's magistrate's court on Tuesday.

Comments
  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-08-13 22:54

    They don't carry guns nowadays? Or maybe they don't know haw to use them. On another note News24 is the most divisive publication among all South African media. Did they have to really mention farmer,farmer,farmer all the times. People get killed in South Africa daily for various reasons but if it happens to be a farmer then it becomes a racial debate.

      tatsee - 2012-08-13 23:07

      Why are you blowing a vain?The article never mentioned the race of the farmer or have you concluded on the race of the farmer?Seems you are on the lookout for a race fight.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-13 23:23

      That was ONE of the reasons why I made the comment. The other? Well I am as concerned about an innocent person being killed in a taxi as on a mine. But then look at some comments on mine and you will perhaps understand my despair. I learned at school (in my second language) about irony, metaphors, sarcasm etc. Proves my point that 30% pass today is the 10% of my time. PS. I took woodwork till Std 6 (ehrm thats Grade 8), BUT I did pass well.

  • John - 2012-08-13 23:21

    Where is the written authority from the provicial commisioner to set up a roadblock in accordance with SAPS Act 68 of 1995 Section 13, sub section 8. You can be guaranteed the ROADBLOCK was ILLEGAL so this MAN had every right and duty to RESIST the UNLAWFUL arrest of the policy enforcing THUGS albeit that they were female. Their actions were UNLAWFUL. His licence disc not being up to date is NOT an offence for which one could be arrested!

      smalefane - 2012-08-13 23:24

      John, the man was asked to step out of the car so that he could be handed a fine. What unlawful arrest are u referring to?

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-08-13 23:26

      and 'sub' section 9 after 8 makes provision of using a punch and drive away??? I guess.

      aphiwe.mayola - 2012-08-13 23:33

      Dude, ure talking crap now u know that ryt, what 'arrest' are u talking about, he was being fined! Argh, u're a sad case reli, no1 has the ryt 2 assault any1 here.

      berthram - 2012-08-13 23:59

      And, dear John, under that same specific clause and schedule u will also find that they may set up an unauthorised roadblock if (1) they cannot find the necessary person to authorise such a roadblock, and (2) when there is reasonable suspicion that such an act (road block) could help the law catch a suspect or suspicious person/vehicle. Your argument, dear fiend, is henceforth invalid!

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-14 07:15

      There is more than 1 side to this story. Lets hear his side.

      wilma.vanderwesthuizenjordaan - 2012-08-14 07:28

      You so ignorant, grow up!

      helio.paulo.7 - 2012-08-14 07:30

      Dont try to justify what happened by turning it on the police. Next time your house gets robbed or something goes wrong then you will cry that the police are doing nothing......they are the law and if you disobey they can rightfully fine you etc!!!!

      pierre.scheepers.9 - 2012-08-14 08:49

      Had many fines in my live and not once was i asked to step out of my vehicle. They make you stay inside your vehicle, its just so much easier doing the bribe behind a closed door than out in the open were others might be able to see you passing your R50 or rather your R20 to some...Point is they only make you get out of your vehicle if they want to arrest you...i know how "COCKEY" our police can be. Wanted to arrest me for being a racist because i told the black officer that there is a Que and i would appreciate it if he could get in line like the rest of us at a local super market...If you want to label me a racist, then ill be a racist!!!

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-30 13:49

      John, without being funny, I think you're wrong, they CAN in fact set up a roadblock if deemed necessary. Secondly, I see nowhere that he was being arrested. Whilst I have absolutely no respect for these fat mostly 75 % analphabets, I do have respect for the law and if I am asked to step out of my car, I have a legal obligation to abide. I feel you are promoting/ defending civil disobedience and criminal behaviour. Where do you draw the line? Correct me if I am wrong.

  • John - 2012-08-13 23:30

    Traffic Policy enforcer thugs need to learn the CONSTITUTION 1-36, Criminal Procedures ACT 51 of 1977 Section 19-50 , SAPS Act 68 of 1995, section 13. They then MAY be able to PERFORM their duties to SERVE and PROTECT the community that employs them! THUGS!

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-14 06:05

      So that gives citizens the right to assault a female officer - during women's month - the moron had an expired disc - finish n klaar.He is a cowardly bastard, as is anyone who assaults a female.

      kevin.day.7370 - 2012-08-14 07:01

      John, the man was driving an unlicensed vehicle or failed to display the correct license disc. He is stopped, asked to get out his car and told he will be fined. He then assaults them and drives away. Tell me again, who is the thug?

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-14 08:01

      John you are an idiot, there I said what everyone thinks.

      farmer.notsobrown - 2012-08-14 11:44

      I adore it when people throw the law around but don't know how its actually applied. The fact is, one cannot assess a situation from hearsay (the news article) nor can it be assessed objectively and reasonably. There is always 2 sides to the story and then the truth.

  • senzo.mathebula - 2012-08-13 23:43

    Rainbow nation my foot! We r all racist!

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-14 00:17

    I wish it was on video

      Koos - 2012-08-14 07:20

      I bet you the farmer wishes so to.

  • lucky.mathibela - 2012-08-14 02:40

    disgusting!punching a woman.not evan animals are so barberic.hope he meets his match in prison.

  • jacques.stander - 2012-08-14 04:23

    Unfortunately it's the attitude of the traffic officers in this country that pushes people to far. They run the traffic department like their own little dictatorship. A money racket not concerned with road safety at all.

  • howard.komati - 2012-08-14 05:10

    Ventersdorp is the Late Eugene Terreblanches home town racism is rife. I wished they had the guts

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-08-14 05:24

    What have the allegation that he is a farmer got to do with the story, if he was a cop yes? Will Media 24 start the next story a road laborer assault a cop?

  • aomtshiselwa - 2012-08-14 06:02

    3 armed Traffic Cops versus One man(Were they armed with Batons?)

      Koos - 2012-08-14 07:21

      That is "one OLD man".

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-14 06:03

    What is it with Ventersdorp? Killing Muslims, assaulting women...The home of the late ET.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-08-14 07:52

      I think you need to read the Muslim-killing story again. Apparently he was hit in Magaliesburg. The uncle decided not to open a case when police ask them. They continue with there trip to Ventersdorp and there he start feeling sick. He was taken to the local hospital and than to Potchefstroom, where he died. Original report, referring to Ventersdorp, was incorrect. The word "Ventersdorp" is a good news selling tool. Maybe you read this on this webpage?( Ok, here my comment will get deleted again)

      merven.halo - 2012-08-14 07:56

      The Muslim that was killed was from Ventersdorp, the attackers were from Magalieskruin (as where the assault happened). Way different place.

  • thomas.geza - 2012-08-14 06:08

    silly excuse of a man serves him right to be arrested

      merven.halo - 2012-08-14 07:57

      Yes, but the commanding officer placing the women there alone should be arrested too, what was he thinking?

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-08-14 06:23

    Officers disgust sometimes, but you must never show disrespect or resist arrest.

  • denice.richardts - 2012-08-14 06:26

    The question to be asked is, did the 3 female officers bribe him? I wouldnt it put it past them considering that the cops have no morals now days. if that is the case then good for him. If he assaulted them because he got angry over the fine then he must pay his dues.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-14 07:59

      'did the 3 female officers bribe him?' You mean, did they demanded a bribe?

  • ajjordaan - 2012-08-14 06:31

    How can you defend this guy, shame on you!

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-14 06:35

    Has anybody else noticed that Media24 places articles in such a way as to divide comment across racial lines? Who says the farmer is white? Because it happened in Ventersdorp the connotation is that he must be white? And they do exactly the same on Nuus24. It obviously benefits them in some way, shape or form - more comments, more visits to the site, more money generated from advertisers. Shame on us for falling for this.

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-14 06:48

      I have also noticed this

      latiffa.saul - 2012-08-14 07:20

      Neville ek stem saam 101% \we need or where r black athletes\ whts that

  • Hermann - 2012-08-14 06:44

    If this guy is married I am sure his wife is also subjected to woman beating. Remove him from society.

  • marleze.baartman - 2012-08-14 06:46

    Ventersdorp must be a horrible place to live in.

      merven.halo - 2012-08-14 08:00

      That is why they have a population of less than a 1000.

      aphiwe.mayola - 2012-08-14 08:59

      For some more than others hey, but I soooo agree with u Marleze!

  • williamntutu.notshe - 2012-08-14 06:47

    Farmers of Ventersdorp should be treated in the same manner they treat people with colour. Who do they think they are in this world.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-14 06:52

    People, your verbal attacks and abuse of one another on this forum is just as bad as this man's behaviour, just not as physical. Come on, guys.

  • gerald.parker.9847 - 2012-08-14 06:54

    Just asking. How can a man punch three women without getting out of his car.Why did the farmer have to get out of his car to be fined when in other places in RSA the driver is fined while sitting in his/her car.How quickly did backup arrive when the farmer was caught only 1(one) kilometre away.

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-08-14 06:57

    So, he did not get out of his car but punched 3 officers????Idiotic reporting.

      silas.mooi - 2012-08-15 13:31

      I hear farmers are pretty quick with jabs, left hooks and upper-cuts. If you don't believe, drive past Ventersdorp slowly with a Pirates sticker on your car!

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-08-14 07:03

    You cannot condone this farmers actions or try and defend it , it cannot be justified sorry its barbaric

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-14 07:09

    Was the oke from that frontier town Ventersdorp or that backwater Derby? Either way what a peckerhe*d !! Driving with a 2007 license disk!! Kan jy nou meer!!

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-14 07:15

    Once again we do not have the full story just the poor black woman getting victimised by a white farmer. What has his ocupation or color got to with anything. Come on and who here has not felt like punching one of these money collectors in the head how many people have been wrongly arrested had to pay bribes just to stay out of gail for some stupid offence, stuff this I think its self defence and this will start to happen more as people get gatvol with the money collectors. On the other hand the old bonehead should have kept his car licence up to date and traffic police should work on their image and reputation.

      Leanda Mitchell - 2012-08-14 08:14

      and this happening in a month that we are celebrating woman. idk the whole story, dit is verkeerd mense vergeet v kleur/ras maar al wat ek weet 'n man slaan nie 'n vrou nie. dit is hoe my ouers my geleer het.

  • Koos - 2012-08-14 07:28

    Question: How fat where these officers? They could not restrain or dodge a punch from one old man? They could not run away? Me thinks there is much more to this story. In fact I know it. Been in this situation myself and thank the lord for video enabled cell phones. You’ll be surprised at what they will do to protect themselves and how they band together like a band of thieves. If he is guilty or wrong we will hear about it but if the farmer is innocent we will not hear anything of this again (as per usual).

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-14 07:36

      Haal jou koppie uit jou sitplekke Kosie, you are not thinking clearly

      lebogang.tsie - 2012-08-14 07:45

      what happend to u is not always the case so relax and think like a previously educationally previlaged boy u are and stop generalising.#air head.

      Koos - 2012-08-14 07:47

      @themba.thwala.98: Jy het nie my vraag geantwoord nie maar ek dink die gaan net soos die spoeg saga verdwyn want raai wat....

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-14 08:06

      Excuse me? What has weight got to do with anything? Thats like me saying you are Afrikaans so you must be stupid and racist! Oh wait your comments ratify that point. Maybe after a long hard days work, you come home with some brandy and then beat up your wife, but in the normal world this is not accepted, and then beating up police officers who are female... oh please, you either obey the law or go to jail.

      ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-08-14 08:11

      @Koos. You need to grow up boetie, I think you are old enough for this kind of comment if you don't know what to say just keep quiet because if one of the cops were your daughter or wife were your comments be still the same? Moreover this is women's month but there are idiots like youself and your friends who are supporting you. Crazy!

      ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-08-14 08:11

      @Koos. You need to grow up boetie, I think you are old enough for this kind of comment if you don't know what to say just keep quiet because if one of the cops were your daughter or wife were your comments be still the same? Moreover this is women's month but there are idiots like youself and your friends who are supporting you. Crazy!

      ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-08-14 08:11

      @Koos. You need to grow up boetie, I think you are old enough for this kind of comment if you don't know what to say just keep quiet because if one of the cops were your daughter or wife were your comments be still the same? Moreover this is women's month but there are idiots like youself and your friends who are supporting you. Crazy!

      Koos - 2012-08-14 08:36

      So no one else sees a problem with officers that can’t protect themselves let alone the public and if they can protect themselves or carry themselves as decent authoritative figures then how will they enforce the law? Now I never condoned the hitting of woman and sorry Michael but I don’t drink and I don’t hit my wife nor do I condone what this guy did (was assume he is guilty of course) but seriously, these officers put themselves in harms way every day and they can’t “handle” it?!?! No wonder crime is out of control. @ako.gutshwa.7: It’s not about woman, it’s about fat cops that can’t protect themselves let alone you. Seriously, do you believe this 3 vs 1 crap? If they can’t handle it why are they cops?

      Koos - 2012-08-14 10:12

      @pierre.scheepers.9: themba is themba en is van geen belang. Wat my wel bekommer is mans soos Michael wat opspring en skreeu “racist” al is daar niks. Hulle sal opspring teen feite asof hulle skaam is om die waarheid te praat. Jy stuur mos nie 'n vet soldaat in om 'n oorlog te wen nie. Wil voorkom of hulle so geindoktreneer is teen dit wat reg is dat hulle skaam is om wit te wees en te sê hoe dinge wel is. Reg is reg en klaar. Daar is nie so iets soos amper reg nie. Of hulle nou daarvan hou of nie.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-14 10:12

      Scheepers, moet Themba se opmerkings nie lees nie, want hy vertel die waarheid, jou bangbroekie :)

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-14 07:42

    This stupid man who beat up the cops is not necessarily a white dude. Our black boeties are also fed up with the cops. Maybe one gave them a snot klap or two. Not funny but the south Africa we live in. Ouch eina.

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-08-14 07:56

    People like this should be kept in jail where they belong, this is not the first incident if my memory serves me well an officer was brutally killed in that incident. This is very bad

  • jason.marriott.75 - 2012-08-14 07:57

    I'm amazed by the comment from most of readers... really its very sad how they can defend this sort of action. Simple comments from the simple minded!!!

  • lucebotha - 2012-08-14 08:07

    Estcourt - A trucker chased down for speeding on the N3 allegedly 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. It looks like it's not only 'farmers' that's attacking female 'speedcops'!

      dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-08-14 08:18

      yeah thats news24! look at all the negative news about white ppl. no mention of the 2 farms murders in the EC on monday. Naspers probably busy with a massive BEE deal of some sort!

  • Onke.Dali - 2012-08-14 08:08

    I could only giggle when I saw this headline, why you ask? \r\nSouth African caucasians are so predictable it would be funny if it wasn't sad, because these officers are African most of you are defending the farmer. Had the tables been turned you lot would up in arms...some of you even go as far as asking if these officers carry guns or not. Maybe the black cops should've shot dead a white farmer who posed no real danger to their lives then, what would you lot be saying then? You guys really , I mean REALLY look in the mirror before judging others.

      loueldon.beyersbergen - 2012-08-15 11:37

      Here comes the troll again. Please troll off. We are not talking about black and white we are talking about traffic officers that are incompetent. How can you defend the public if you can't defend yourself? Seems to me the sun burnt most of your hair off and has now penetrated your brain. Think before spilling your rubbish!!!

  • mluleki.simelane - 2012-08-14 08:09

    The man is a rebel with(out) a cause, why the hell did he not renew his car licenece?

  • jalo.kula - 2012-08-14 08:09

    just a really stupid thing to do. they do say that they asked him to get out to fine him... wonder if they said that. I have experienced it before where they just ask you to get out. at that point you are hoping its a fine. just a thought...

  • mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2012-08-14 08:16

    when i raised and condemned racism issue on this forum a week ago, people became hostile to me and was labelled a 'racist'. Now look, a small barbaric incident makes people to verbally abuse one another, most of which are racially motivated. This platform should be for constructive and well-researched ideas, opinions and critiques, not a place for demonstration of racial hatred.

      Byron - 2012-08-14 15:43

      you're on the wrong site. This is a naspers publication.

  • africa.tshipembe - 2012-08-14 08:17

    i have never seen a women only roadblock,,& mr farmer, if those tsotsis were being rude or asking for a bribe i say kudos to you,sick and tired of these corrupt scumbags.

      pierre.scheepers.9 - 2012-08-14 09:45

      Agreed africa

  • Chantelle Schoeman Botha - 2012-08-14 08:21

    Amazed how everyone is on the racist wagon again, i'm more upset that this A hole hit a female. Seriously guys colour is irrelevant because if it was a male that pulled him over do u think he would have punched him. his a dumb ass and i hope a few of the female officers give him a good belting.

      mokokotlo.piet - 2012-08-14 15:28

      Yeah I guess this racial issue will never end, this is just a human error. Anyway let's wait for the full version of these incident. Everybody runs for racism. WHY....

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-14 08:28

    Ooo yes! Are you robust and violently defensive enough? Ok,We should send you MAHLANGUS AND 16YRS old fellas..And if you panel beat them again we will never call you STINKING-ARMPITED COWARD again.

  • matvee111 - 2012-08-14 08:29

    there's just no excuse to hit a woman...it's pathetic...no matter how much a woman pushes you...NO REAL MAN HITS A WOMAN...AGAIN PATHETIC

  • matvee111 - 2012-08-14 08:30

    there's just no excuse to hit a woman...it's pathetic...no matter how much a woman pushes you...NO REAL MAN HITS A WOMAN...AGAIN PATHETIC

      John - 2012-08-14 13:42

      A policy enforcing thug is NOT a man or a woman ! It is a thug trying to extract money for it's employers or a bribe for itself. These thugs performed an illegal act and the PRIVATE TRAVELLER defended himself against their unlawful behaviour!

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-08-14 08:35

    Reading the comments i realized a few things... It is ok to beat-up or assualt women traffic officers if... A) they are over weight (fat) B) they ask for a bribe C) You break the law by driving with an expired licence D) You live or farm close to Ventersdorp E) You dont like men with long beards (as if the AWB has exclusive rights to that... F) The woman officers ask you to step out your vehicle, so as to issue you with a fine, for breaking the law. G) The whole country's leadership is corrupt... For those who are not sharp enough, what i said above, is no reason to beat-up or assualt any-body. If you break the law, accept the fact that the law will punish you. If this farmer is strong enough to assualt women, then he should be man enough to accept his punishment. as to the people trying to find any justification in this... think very carefully... there is none...

      Pixie86 - 2012-08-14 10:47

      thanks phillip! Finally, intelligence

      John - 2012-08-14 13:59

      The three thug policy enforcers did an unlawful roadblock, so any action that follows is unlawful! How does one traveller sitting in his car beat up three armed hijackers. What a fishy story! He had every right to defend himself and leave.

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-08-14 18:07

      What a weak arument John... so because he started driving with an invalid licence disk, all actions there-after is unlawfull. If that is true, then law enforcement is a non starter. 2 wrongs does not make a right either.

      John - 2012-08-14 20:15

      All the thugs had to do was write out the summons and hand it to him. Why demand that he exit his car? What these thugs did was unlawful and if you support crooked cops you become part of the problem. Read and duplicate the CONSTITUTION section 1-36 , Crimnal Procedures Act 51 of 1977 section 19-50 , the SAPS Act 68 of 1995 , section 13 and you will see what these thugs are supposed to do. They are to SERVE and PROTECT the PEOPLE. Who was the COMPLAINANT whose right to life and property was infringed? NONE

  • mandilakhe.nompehle - 2012-08-14 08:35

    Haaa!!! Three officers!! One man!!!!

  • Mohsin Dhanchora - 2012-08-14 08:40

    police are very arogant they dnt knw how to deal with ppl

  • amos.motsai - 2012-08-14 08:48

    90% of people commenting here are white racist from ventersdorp.they are angry because of their stupidity even thou they don't know why they are angry , if they think is hard for them to share Africa with Blacks den they must go back to holland

      sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-14 09:20

      no one should go anywher,this is all our country.we are a rainbow nation,we should co-exist peacefully but people need to get over themselves and respect the law.

      pierre.scheepers.9 - 2012-08-14 09:48

      agreed, and leave you with nothing to eat.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-14 09:00

    since we slam anc for corruption,fraud,looting,tender rigging etc....why defend this guy's act of lawlessness?...wrongdoings should be extremely condemned no fear no favour..a disc that expired in 2007,the guy has no respect for the law...we need to hear his side of story

  • el.torro.509 - 2012-08-14 09:28

    Well this guy done wrong, there is no defence for law breaking, except maybe your ANC membership/get out of jail free card. However, there is something strange about this story, how can you punch 3 people without leaving the vehicle, its pretty hard to throw one punch! I suspect the full story is yet to come out.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-14 09:48

    Can you blame the man? The farmers in North West are being killed on a weekly basis. How many back-up only 1km away were there? Why 3 women officers? Once again it smells like another set-up! Some are just looking for a reason day in and day out to play the blaming game and terrorize people with so-called "white land". How pathetic!

  • sela.job - 2012-08-14 09:56

    women r very rude when incharge...I am a woman i know what im sayin.These r not beaten for no reason...we shall hear the truth#

      sela.job - 2012-08-14 10:01

      Especially North West they r whiter that white hulle moet goed gebliksem word#

  • james.shogole - 2012-08-14 10:27

    they should have kicked that farmers ass.

      Koos - 2012-08-14 10:31

      They should have and they should have been able to but..... they didn't and they couldn't. Now imagine what a real hardened criminal could have done to them.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-08-14 20:22

      Koos the farmer is worse than any criminal

  • mokgadi.deborah - 2012-08-14 10:58

    Imagine if headline read \Farmer killed by three female cops for refusing a fine\. Afrforum would lay a charge and DA would ask to be a friend of the court. FF plus would make noise about farm killings.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-14 17:56

      And news24 Boeremampoara`s would be so angry they'd be having epilectic seizures

  • sandy.kroukamp - 2012-08-14 11:13

    he he he that would have been great to see...