Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar has probably experienced the best and worst of Johannesburg in the 35 years he has been in law enforcement.
Minnaar started as a traffic officer in 1981 and, through the years, rose through the ranks until he was appointed official spokesperson for the JMPD in 2001 when the department was established, Northcliff-Melville Times reported.
In that time he has come across some rather strange and humorous cases which he remembers fondly.
The first, he recalls, happened in the northeastern suburbs of Johannesburg in 1985. He was radioed about a bull that had wandered into a resident’s yard.
“When I got to the house in Lombardi, I found that this massive bull had made its way into the resident’s kitchen,” explained Minnaar.
When he asked the resident how the bull ended up in the kitchen, the resident explained that they had left their front gate open.
“Along with that, they had also left their back door open, which led to the kitchen and that was where the resident was preparing vegetables,” he said.
He added that the bull looked startled when he walked into the kitchen. Minnaar then called the local SPCA and the bull was led out safely.
Another case ingrained in his memory was when he stopped a female motorist for driving too fast, back in 1990.
“She was speeding down the M1 and I pulled her over and asked why she was driving so fast. She explained that she was at the mall when she realised that she had left a pot on the stove and was rushing back home to switch it off,” said Minnaar.
He also recalled how, in 2009, he had once pulled over a taxi that used pliers as a steering wheel. “I also found a car once without brake pads and they used cardboard to replace them,” he said.
In 2011, he made an arrest near the Houghton offramp on Oxford Road in Rosebank, after witnessing a motorist swerving between lanes.
“I found that the gentleman was intoxicated and I put him in the squad car. As we were driving to the police station he said: ‘I should have listened to you’. I sat there confused and asked what he meant by that.
“The man then said, ‘Well, three years ago you pulled me over for the same reason and advised that instead of drinking alcohol I should rather have an Appletizer’,” Minnaar recalled.
– Caxton News Service