Johannesburg – Thabiso Mmokwa and his colleague Lizzy Jonas were captured on video pulling over a vehicle with two men inside who allegedly abused the officers before assaulting Mmokwa.
The officers told The Sunday Independent how the unidentified men hurled insults and racial slurs at them for asking one of them for his driver’s licence.
“The driver told me he doesn’t have it (licence) and I therefore said that I had to write out a fine for this offence,” said Jonas.
“That’s when he started swearing at me, throwing racial remarks at me. And that is what caught Thabiso’s attention to come over.”
The passenger allegedly slapped Mmokwa several times and tipped his hat off his head, while the officer tried to stop him.
The two men then returned to their vehicle and left.
They have yet to be apprehended despite their vehicle’s registration number clearly visible on the video.
The two men face charges of assault, crimen injuria, hindering law enforcement officers from carrying out their duties, failing to produce a driver’s licence and leaving the scene of a crime.
Joburg Metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said the incident was not an isolated one as traffic officers faced similar cases on a daily basis.
“We only ever hear of how corrupt traffic officers are, about bribery and all these other things, covering everyone with the same blanket, but there is another real pressing issue of abuse that officers receive from motorists,” she said.