Man assaulted after driver’s test mix-up

2015-08-17 09:58
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POLICE were called to intervene after a Howick man was allegedly assaulted by a staff member at Mkondeni licensing department.

The man, who said he was shocked and enraged by what happened, asked not to be named for fear of victimisation.

He said he called police and laid a charge of assault against the staff member of the licensing department after the alleged incident last Thursday.

This was confirmed by the SAPS.

According to the alleged victim, clerks at the licensing department made an error when booking his driver’s licence test.

When he tried to query the procedures to rectify the mistake, he alleges he was “attacked” by a staff member.

This apparently happened in the presence of a senior manager, who allegedly “encouraged” the attack.

The names of both the manager and staff member are known to The Witness.

The man said after paying his instructor R600 to use his driving school’s vehicle for the test and to fetch him from his home in Howick, he sat down in the examiner’s officer eagerly awaiting his Code 10 test.

According to the man, the examiner then told him that a clerk had mistakenly booked him for a Code 8 test instead and referred him to the senior manager.

“The [manager] said he could not allow me to do the test on that day and that I should fill in a claims form for my first booking, and then book my test again,” the man said.

Frustrated at the inconvenience he was being put through, the man said he told the manager he could not afford to book again and pay another R600 to use the driving school’s vehicle again.

“That is what I am telling you to do,” the man said, quoting the manager.

He allegedly became aggressive and slammed his hands on the table.

After the initial confrontation, the victim said he stood in the office complaining to someone else about how the manager expected him to join the long queue to book his test again. At this point, another male staff member, whose name is also known to The Witness, allegedly “stormed” out and grabbed the man by his collar.

“He was flinging me around screaming that he will f*** me up,” the man alleged.

Upon seeing this, a female staff member approached the aggressive staffer and allegedly told him, “You are in your uniform. You cannot do this.”

According to the man, the manager then returned and told his staff member; “Good, this is what he deserved. It is long overdue.”

After the incident, the man called the police who escorted him to the police station to make a statement.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese, a case of assault was opened and an arrest is imminent.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu, said the Department of Transport would comment after consulting with the licensing office.

Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said the department will investigate

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