Gotcha!: Traffic cop clamped and fined at Mall

2008-05-06 00:00

A traffic officer was fined and his car wheel was clamped at the Liberty Midlands Mall at the weekend when he parked up on the kerb.

Motorists stopped and stared at the embarrassed officer.

Shopper Vuma Magaqa sent in a picture of the incident.

He said that when the officer came out to find he had been clamped, he went back into the mall and returned with a security officer.

“The traffic officer was trying to negotiate with the security officer, who looked very happy with what he had done — catching the traffic officer who broke his own traffic rule,” said Magaqa.

But the negotiations didn’t get him anywhere and he was also fined R500.

Mall manager Sharon Swain said the mall is applying a “zero tolerance” rule and said “people have been warned about our policy”.

Spokesman for the Msunduzi traffic department, Kenny Chetty, said: “What the mall did was right, no one is above the law. Being a traffic officer, he should have known better than to disobey the traffic signs …

“To my knowledge there was no emergency situation at the mall,” said Chetty.

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