South Africa 2.11.2015 09:42 am

Probe launched into traffic cop ‘assault’ video

A still from a video clip showing a confrontation between a motorist and a  Gauteng traffic officer. Pic: YouTube

A still from a video clip showing a confrontation between a motorist and a Gauteng traffic officer. Pic: YouTube

The GDCS has launched an investigation into the alleged assault of a motorist.

The alleged assault took place at an accident scene at the N4 Bakwena/N1 South interchange in Pretoria.

A video showing a traffic officer pushing a motorist during the heated argument went viral last week.

The Gauteng department of community safety (GDCS) spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said an initial investigation has determined that the officer had attended to an accident scene and cordoned it off, Rekord North reported.

“The department has since launched an investigation and at the conclusion of the investigation will make the findings known and action taken towards the guilty party.”

Nxumalo said the officer in question will not be performing any duties on the road for the duration of the investigation.

“We also appeal to the motorist in question to cooperate with the investigation. We want to make it clear, as the department that our officers must resist the temptation to be agitated even under extreme provocation.”

Meanwhile, André Snyman of eBlockwatch said it is clear in the video that the traffic officer was already under stress when Du Toit arrived.

He further urged motorists to treat police officers with the utmost respect.

“When an officer is being aggressive and you are calm and speak respectfully, they might become as well. They will most likely mirror your reaction. Respect and cooperation is key,” He said.

Read More: VIDEO: Gauteng traffic cop shoves motorist

– Caxton News Service

 

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