Motorist, traffic cop slap each other

2008-05-05 00:00

A traffic officer slapped a woman at a roadblock yesterday after the woman asked the officer to point to the speed limit sign that she was allegedly in contravention of. However, the officer claims said she simply retaliated after the motorist hit her.

Dudu Nxumalo said she was travelling to Makro at about 8.30 am with her two children in the back seat when the officer signalled for her to pull over.

She was then told that she was going 60 km/h in a 40 km/h area and was going to be fined.

Nxumalo got out of the car and asked the officer to point to the speed limit sign as she was unaware of it.

“She [the traffic officer] was so enraged, she grabbed the cellphone that was in my hand and hit my face.

“My glasses flew off and broke as they hit the floor,” she said.

Nxumalo said she was in such shock that she cannot remember retaliating by slapping the officer.

After she retaliated, Nxumalo was escorted to Alexandra Road police station where a charge of assaulting a traffic officer was laid against her.

It is alleged that Nxumalo hit the officer first and that the officer was the one who retaliated.

“I couldn’t have started it. My phone was in my hand before the fight and I could only have hit her back when my phone fell to the floor because of her hitting me,” said Nxumalo.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that there was an altercation between the two parties, but said that they are still investigating who slapped first.

“Both parties have made a statement, the traffic official made a statement against the motorist for assault, failure to produce a driver’s licence and driving over the speed limit. The motorist gave a statement against the traffic officer for malicious damage to property and assault,” he said.

The Msunduzi Municipal traffic division declined to comment, because they were not aware of the incident.

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