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WATCH: Motorist assaults traffic cop during roadside altercation

12 December, 01:42 PM

A video has surfaced of a roadside altercation, allegedly on the N12 in Potchefstroom, between a motorist and a traffic officer. 

During the argument, the motorist loses his temper and physically assaults the officer. Watch. 

Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane says the assailant was subsequently arrested on Monday, but is not clear on whether or not the man has appeared in court. 

Zwane isn't entirely sure of the exact details that lead to the attack, but says based on the video evidence, it seems the motorist wasn't happy that the traffic officer was enforcing the law and holding onto the motorist's licence. 

"We are aware of the video and we fully condemn such behaviour. It is unacceptable for anyone to treat a traffic officer in that manner," Zwane told News24 on Tuesday. 

"He has been arrested. He was arrested, yesterday. He actually should have been arrested on the day [Sunday] the incident occurred.

"Motorists should behave, respect the road and respect those who are enforcing the rules.

"If you have a grievance with a traffic officer, their cars are marked – with numbers – so you can file a complaint with the head office," he added.

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