New traffic officers: ‘bribe not worth a career’

2018-06-14 06:02

CORRUPTION is the root of all evil and not only brings the profession of Traffic Law Enforcement into disrepute but also the families of those making themselves guilty of this deplorable crime.

This was the core message a number of speakers voiced at the passing out ceremony of 27 traffic officers from various local municipalities including Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality senior traffic officer Eric Tiso warned the recruits not to connive with criminals.

“We have lost many of our colleagues because of corruption. This uniform must not be on television for corruption. A bribe is not worth your career, your family, the respect of your community or your freedom,” Tiso said.

Referring to a recent hit and run incident where an alleged drunk driver killed a traffic officer, Eastern Cape deputy director for Traffic Control Charles Bramwell brought the harshness of the incident home, when he mentioned that the deceased graduated at the same college only last year.

“Your journey will be dangerous and full of curves and potholes. Do not be fooled.

“You are entrusted with the important responsibility to serve and protect. Have the courage to withstand unethical behaviour.

“Traffic officers must be loyal, dedicated and uphold the image of the profession. The public expect good behaviour and road users must be treated equally.

“You must be visible and be ambassadors for your respective departments and country,” said Bramwell.

The Nelson Mandela Bay traffic college in Greenbushes is one of only fourteen fully accredited traffic colleges in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Director of Traffic and Licensing, Warren Prins, congratulated the new recruits.

“There is no easy way to success. We need highly capable and knowledgeable staff and you have it within your grasp to become the excellent calibre of traffic officer we require,” said Prins.

  • The duration of the course is one year. Those interested in the traffic course can contact the Nelson Mandela Bay Traffic College at 041 390 4500 for more information. -REPORTER

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