KZN traffic cop wins top honours

2013-12-20 00:00

A VETERAN KwaZulu-Natal policeman, Chief Inspector Aboo Aboobaker, has been declared South Africa’s “top traffic officer of the year”.

And another officer under Aboobaker’s command on the South Coast — Timothy Simpson — was hailed for deeds including catching a speedster at 295 km/h, and making 190 arrests. And yet another of his staff introduced an idea that recovered R13 million in unpaid fines.

Aboobaker — Chief Provincial Inspector and station commander at Park Rynie on the South Coast — said, “It was a humbling experience, but it felt deserving because of my hard work over the past 29 years as a traffic officer”.

Aboobaker not only won the national individual award, but his team also swept a series of awards during the National Road Traffic Management Awards held recently at the East London ICC.

“We took all the awards,” he said.

The married father of seven said the station’s dedication had paid off. “I was very, very proud of my team as well all other officers who continue to serve our communities with integrity, to ensure we will all be safe,” he said.

Asked for his tips for road safety over the festive season, he simply said, “Motorists need to comply with the rules and regulations of the road.”

He also appealed to KwaZulu-Natal motorists to be “courteous” to assist traffic officers, and to reduce road accidents and fatalities.

The national Transport Department’s deputy manager Sam Msimanga, said Aboobaker was competing against top-performing traffic officers from all the provinces.

“According to the judges, he won because of his fearless execution of his duties. He has 29 years’ experience and has been managing three stations at the same time,” he said.

Msimanga said Aboobaker ensured that the RTI achieved the Premier Service Excellence Good Governance Silver Star for Mkondeni and two silver awards and a gold award for region 4.

“He is hands-on in his management style. He is an upstanding member of the community. He is willing to work long hours without remuneration,” said Msimanga.

Other awards that were won by Park Rynie included “service excellence”, and “going the extra mile” for officer Timothy Simpson.

Msimanga said of Simpson, “He has to be reminded to take leave. He has a record of arresting a person who was doing a speed of 295 km/h and received a fine of R102 000. He has 190 arrests under his name. He volunteers to work midnight and early hours of the morning, checking on overspeeding motorists.”

Under the “Traffic law enforcement: most innovative idea”, clerk Jennifer Pillay came up with a mobile warrants office. Having noticed the poor payment of fines, Pillay’s idea led to an increase in fine payment of 87% — which is approximately R13 million.

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