Traffic cop refuses to testify against granny

2010-06-15 14:10

A KwaZulu-Natal traffic officer has refused to testify against

Camperdown grandmother Jude Ward who was facing charges of inconsiderate driving

and disobeying a traffic officer’s orders.

The officer, Edward Xolani Mtshali (29), refused to testify for

fear he may incriminate himself.

Mtshali is facing a charge of aggravated assault, brought against

him by Ward. Mtshali’s trial has been set down for October 12.

The Camperdown Magistrates Court provisionally set Ward’s case down

for July 16 to allow consultation with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions on

the court stalemate.

Ward faces charges of inconsiderate driving and failing to obey a

traffic officer’s instructions on June 15.

The charges are considerably less

serious than the reckless or negligent driving charge originally levelled

against her.

The charges against her and the counter-allegations she made arose

when she allegedly fled from a traffic officer on the N3 highway, suspecting a

hijacking attempt.

She drove to the Camperdown Police Station to seek safety.

She said the traffic officer who followed her to the police station

drove an unmarked vehicle.

At the station, the officer allegedly threw her to

the floor of the charge office and throttled her in full view of eight police

officers, including two women.

Ward alleged they did nothing to protect her from the assault which

only ended when her husband and other farmers arrived in response to a panic

call she made.

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