Traffic officer suspended for theft

2020-01-15 06:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport has suspended a traffic official who was allegedly caught on CCTV camera stealing a cellphone while in full uniform in Pietermaritzburg.

The officer in question has been served with a letter of suspension pending an internal investigation and a criminal case which is being investigated by the police.

Last week, a video which showed a traffic officer from the Public Transport Enforcement Unit (PTES — also known as Shanela), allegedly stealing a cellphone at a food outlet went viral on social media.

The department launched its own internal investigation and has reportedly met with the management of the fast food outlet to verify the authenticity of the video. The traffic officer’s suspension follows a letter written by the department last week in order to afford him the opportunity to give his version of the story and for him to give reasons as to why he should not be suspended. Should the officer be found guilty, the department may consider tougher action since the officer was in full uniform during the crime. — Supplied

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