Dancing traffic cop ‘had a lovely day yesterday’

2008-11-17 00:00

The Pietermaritzburg public responded with enormous enthusiasm to the story of Mthokozisi Ngubane, dubbed “the dancing traffic cop”, that was carried in yesterday’s Witness. Comments from readers around the country and abroad flooded into the website all day. Here is a collection of them.

“What a brilliant story. The video is great and the music fits so well! This man obviously loves his work, the enthusiasm on his face tells it all. Now we need more like him. A true example to all municipal workers. Why can’t he be employed full-time, on a really good salary? After all, he’s obviously worth it,” enthused one reader.

“I would like to say he is the best traffic conductor; he keeps the traffic flowing like a huge symphony. Keep it up,” wrote another who suggested that Ngubane should “train the other points persons”.

A tongue-in-cheek response came from another reader who suggested that the “Blue Light brigade need to attend a course run by this officer — and learn how to smile instead of shoot — in order to get traffic to comply with their signals!”

Readers also felt that Ngubane should be employed on a full-time basis.

“He is such an asset and really does deserve a full-time position. I can highly recommend this wonderful man. In today’s world, it is not often you see someone who really loves what he is doing. Use this wonderful person before you lose him.

“To Reserve Municipal Traffic Officer Mthokozisi Ngubane, I salute you and wish you much Happiness and may you go far with your wonderful attitude. You deserve it.”

A reader in the UK also responded to the story, saying that he spotted Ngubane while on holiday here. “He was excellent and may he get his wish granted. His style and attitude is a wake-up call for the rest of us.”

Ngubane told The Witness that he had a wonderful day yesterday. “I enjoyed seeing my headline!

Everyone has been saying they saw me in the newspaper. All the taxis are hooting at me too!”

Municipal manager Rob Haswell said Ngubane will have to follow the normal procedures to apply for a permanent job. “But clearly he has made a very good impression.”

Haswell said that while Ngubane is to be commended, many other dedicated municipal staff also deserve recognition. “In particular, I want to commend the staff in water, electricity, parks and disaster management, who worked round the clock in the aftermath of last week’s storm.”

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