Lethiwe Makhanya
2 minute read
23 Jul 2022

Motorist bites traffic officers at roadblock

Lethiwe Makhanya

Concerns of the safety of traffic officers have surfaced after a woman allegedly bit two female traffic officer from Msunduzi municipality.

Two female traffic officers from Msunduzi were allegedly bitten by a driver who was resisting arrest at a roadblock.

The driver allegedly started to bite both traffic officers as they were trying to arrest her.

One of the officers had to be taken to hospital.

This incident has raised concerns over the safety of traffic officers on the road.

It has also been revealed that the officers do not have the basic tools of trade such as pepper spray to avoid such assaults.

Officers who spoke to Weekend Witness said the issue of lack of tools of trade is not new, and they have been raising it with the municipality for a long time to no avail.

One officer, who asked not to be named, said they have lost hope that they will ever get tools of trade from the municipality.

“The municipality does not care about our safety. This problem has been going on for years now and they always tell us about not having a budget. No one cares there …” the officer said.

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Another officer said: “We do not have pepper spray and some have expired ones. I personally have decided to buy my own pepper spray with my own money because I could just not go around with an expired pepper spray …” he said.

Msunduzi spokesperson Ntobeko Mkhize said the municipality condemns the attack on the traffic officials.

“A case was opened at the police station and a suspect was arrested for resisting arrest and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

It was disappointing to learn that the suspect had been released and opened a counter charge case against the traffic officers

Mkhize said the municipality faced a challenge procuring the tools of trade for traffic officers owing to limited funds.

“This has now been addressed as orders arrived towards the end of the previous financial year and an allocation has been made in the new financial year