Traffic cop’s f-word racial insults anger traders

2011-05-26 00:00

BUSINESSPEOPLE in lower Hoosen Haffejee Street were angered yesterday when they heard a traffic officer swearing at the manager of a hardware store and using racial ­insults.

A traffic officer allegedly told the Indian businessman and other Indians working in that area to go back to their “f****ng country”.

Faizal Essop said that at about 11 am two municipal traffic officers stopped in front of his business and asked him to remove the two pallets of bricks that he had put in the loading zone in front of the business while a truck waited to load them.

He said the first officer respectfully asked him to move the pallets and said he would fine him if he failed.

Despite the fact that the pallets were in the loading zone, he decided not to argue and moved them.

“As I was preparing to move the pallets, the second official came out of the car and he came out blazing and swearing at us,” said Essop.

“He told us we were not listening [to the order to move the pallets] and started using expletives, saying he was not f****ng scared of us, that he would f*** us up and that we should go back to our f*****ng country.”

Essop said the incident, which lasted for 30 minutes, was witnessed by other businesspeople who were also offended by the officer’s behaviour.

“The first official did not cause the ruckus because he asked us to move the pallets and we complied. The second official did not bother to find out that the discussion has been resolved.

“He just came out and started swearing,” Essop said.

“The moment the second official started racially abusing us, his partner, who initially spoke to us, started moving away from him because he saw that he was being racially abusive.”

A verbal complaint was made to the police, Essop added, but the police were unable to verify the complaint.

A businesswoman who witnessed the confrontation said she was shocked.

“I did not expect a public servant to behave in such a manner. I expected them to be well-mannered and respectful,” she said.

The acting head of Msunduzi traffic, Kwenza Khumalo, said there will be an official inquiry.

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