‘City traffic cop assaulted me’

2010-11-18 00:00

A 27-YEAR-OLD man has laid charges against the Msunduzi Municipality traffic department, saying he was assaulted while driving with his mother on Sunday morning.

Delwyn Kok also accused the traffic officers of illegal detention at the Pietermaritzburg Central police station and of mislaying his driver’s licence and ID.

He said the officers accused him of driving his mother’s brand-new vehicle with a forged permit and an obstructing advert on the rear window.

The alleged incident happened when he and his 51-year-old mother, Avrille Kok, were driving down Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street at about 11am. They were stopped next to Natalia Building.

“During the argument, the officer first sprayed my mother with pepper spray repeatedly, and later sprayed me in the face,” said Delwyn.

He said an officer told him that a car dealer’s advert on the back window is illegal and was obstructing the view.

“As I was explaining that the advert was not obstructing the view, he shouted at my mother to get back into the car,” he said.

Later the officer told him that the temporary vehicle permit was forged. He said his office refused to confirm the validity of the permit with the Transport Department.

Kok said that about 20 minutes later he was handcuffed and pushed into the traffic officer’s vehicle and driven to the police station. The vehicle, in which he had left his driver’s licence and ID, was impounded.

“Later the officer demanded that I produce a driver’s licence, but they refused when I asked them to get them from the vehicle,” he said.

Avrille Kok, a school teacher, said that after her son had been detained for four hours she was surprised to hear that the charges had been dropped.

“The officer told me that he had cooled down and changed his mind. He said that instead he would only fine my son R250 for driving without a driver’s licence,” said Kok.

Kok said when he went to collect the vehicle from the traffic department in Washington Road he found his ID and driver’s licence were missing.

He said he was also forced to pay R550 to get the vehicle back.

Msunduzi traffic chief Kwenza Kumalo said the municipality has advised the family to forward a written complaint, which will be dealt with within seven days.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police are investigating allegations of assault against the traffic officers.

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