Traffic cop caught on wrong side of the law

2014-05-09 00:00

AN Msunduzi Municipality traffic officer who was allegedly caught on the wrong side of the law has irked concerned residents.

According to people were at the Labour Department recently, the officer parked his vehicle in an unauthorised area designated for fire engines only.

A source who spoke to The Witness on condition his name was not used for fear of his safety, alleged the traffic officer had been using the municipal vehicle during office hours to submit his personal company’s documents to the Labour Department.

He said the car was parked in front of the Labour Department in Langalibalele Street in an unauthorised parking area last Thursday. “The officer was asked why he had parked there because the area is reserved for fire fighters. His response was that he could park anywhere he wanted to and do whatever he liked and nobody would question him.”

Another source said the worst part was that the officer was driving a car with an expired licence disc, which should have been renewed last month. “When asked why the disc had not been renewed, he said it was the duty of the municipality to attend to that and nobody was allowed to question the municipality.”

“There is a parking meter system that we have to obey and pay for parking but we have an officer that believes he can park anywhere. Surely that is wrong if it has nothing to do with work or an emergency?”

He added the municipality should take drastic measures to discipline people with bad conduct because they gave the municipality a bad name. “The man was arrogant and did not listen to anything people had to say about him breaking the law,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Madeleine Jackson-Plaatjies said the incident had not been reported to management. “Now that we have been made aware of the incident, the relevant department will conduct a probe into the matter.”

She said depending on the findings of the probe, the municipality would apply its internal disciplinary processes to deal with the employee concerned.

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