Assault video traffic officer suspended

JANE FURSE – Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality has confirmed that the traffic officer who was filmed assaulting a community member in Jane Furse recently while on duty, Mohlala MMG, has been put on suspension.

Lempson Moropjiane, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality spokesperson, said the municipality had in line with the provision of schedule 8 of code of conduct of the Labour Relations Act, decided to suspend him for a period not exceeding three months with full pay, while a full investigation takes place.

Moropjiane said the municipality viewed the incident in a serious light and therefore continued to appreciate the patience of its stakeholders and the public by allowing due process to take place in the matter, so that correct measures could be taken which corresponded to the incident.

The Democratic Alliance in Limpopo has recently called on Limpopo Department of Community Safety and Transport to institute an investigation into the traffic officer assault video which has been making rounds on social media platforms.

The DA said it was deeply concerned by the video of a traffic officer seen assaulting and manhandling a member of the public.

Suzan Phala, DA Limpopo Provincial Spokesperson on Transport, said the video in question surfaced on social media platforms o Sunday, 04 October 2020. It shows a traffic officer slapping and shouting at the man before forcefully throwing him to the ground and then subduing him.

Phala said in the video, it was not clear what transpired or what events led to the traffic officer’s reaction, but there was no circumstance that should warrant such heavy handedness from a traffic officer on a member of the public.

“The conduct of displayed by the traffic officer in the video is simply unacceptable and not befitting of someone expected to uphold the rule of law. There is no justification for the traffic officer’s conduct whether the man assaulted in the video had transgressed or not,” said Phala.

Phala added that the DA condemned the actions of the traffic officer in question and calls on the MEC for Community Safety and Transport, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhaya and her department to carry out a full investigation into that incident and then sanction the traffic officer in question for the conduct.

She concluded that the DA was committed to ensuring that there was accountability especially in cases where officials abuse their power and exert unnecessary force on members of the public.

Thapelo Motseo

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