Two City traffic officers allegedly assaulted by taxi driver and his passenger

Two City of Cape Town Traffic Officials were allegedly assaulted by taxi driver and his passenger on Wednesday morning.

It is understood the officers conducted a routine traffic stop just after 9a.m, where a taxi disobeyed a red traffic light at the corner of Jan Smuts Drive and Govan Mbeki Road.

Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said while offciers attempted to issue a fine, the driver and his passenger ‘’became riotous, and started assaulting the officers.’’

‘’During the scuffle, one of the officers fired two shots, wounding one of the attackers in the leg. Both suspects were detained at Philippi SAPS. The officers sustained some bruises and scratches during the altercation,’’ said Smith.

This incident comes a day after clashes broke out between law enforcement officers and taxi operators at the Cape Town Station Deck.

‘’These tactics are well documented, with numerous examples over the years of staff being attacked in retaliation to operations. I have said it before, and will reiterate it once more – we will not bow to intimidation by anyone who thinks that they have a right to break the law and not face the consequences,’’ said JP Smith, Mayco member for Safety and Security.


Done By: Mitchum George


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