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Motorist ends up in hospital after allegedly attacking traffic officers

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“When the traffic officers asked for the man’s driving licence he apparently became unco-operative and allegedly punched one of the officers.”

File photo: Mike Dibetsoe/African News Agency/ANA

A CITY motorist got more than he bargained for – and, in fact, might even have received a second chance at life – when he was stopped by traffic officials in Phakamile Mabija Street for speeding on Wednesday night.

The incident, described by Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson, Sello Matsie, as unfortunate, happened after the motorist was caught driving at 74km/* in a 60km/* zone.

“The driver, when he was stopped, asked to see the calibration certificate of the equipment being used by the traffic officers on duty, which is his absolute right,” Matsie said.

The certificate, which confirms that the system is up to date and accurate, was apparently presented to the driver.

“The man then called his wife, who arrived and started taking photographs of the officials,” Matsie said.

“When the traffic officers asked for the man’s driving licence he apparently became unco-operative and allegedly punched one of the officers.”

According to the reports received, the other officers tried to intervene. “The driver allegedly had his hands around the neck of one of the officers and was choking him. In an attempt to free himself, the officer bit the finger of the driver.”

The man was taken to hospital so that his finger could be treated.

“When they arrived at the hospital, it was discovered that the man’s blood pressure was dangerously high. The medical personnel on duty advised the officers that they could not arrest him as he urgently required medical treatment to prevent further complications linked to high blood pressure, like a stroke.”

According to Matsie, the matter was handed over to the police to investigate and the man was left at the hospital.

“This is really an unfortunate incident,” Matsie said. “We urge members of the public, when stopped by traffic officials, to follow the correct procedures. If they are unhappy about the fine they have been issued or the conduct of the officers involved, they can approach the traffic chief for recourse or for the fine to be reduced or even contest the fine in court before a magistrate.

“As much as our officers are required to be professional at all times, we also urge the public to co-operate. When tempers flare, the situation quickly becomes messy and the outcomes are inevitably regrettable on both sides and in this instance it has even resulted in criminal charges of assault.”

Denise Coetzee, from Mediclinic Kimberley/Gariep confirmed that two traffic officials came into the emergency section at around 9pm on Wednesday night.

“One had an open head injury and the other one had an eye injury, knee injury and an ankle injury.

Both of them were treated by the ER doctor and then discharged.”

According to Matsie, the driver was taken to Kimberley Hospital for treatment.