The Gauteng Traffic Police is deeply concerned by unpleasant remarks made by one of its Chief Provincial Inspector.
This follows a video that has gone viral on social media platforms on the November 3, depicting the Gauteng Traffic Police Chief Provincial Inspector in an altercation with a cellphone store official in Heidelberg.
In the video, the officer is heard uttering and exchanging unpleasant remarks in full view of staff and customers.
However, it was not clear what led to the altercation in the store that led to the officer being aggressive in the manner in which he did.
The incident occurred at the MTN Store in Heidelberg Mall, south of the province.
“The Gauteng Traffic Police wishes to state categorically that this incident will be fully investigated, and we are appealing to the store official to come forth and give us a statement detailing the circumstances and events which led to the argument. The law enforcement officers are expected to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner which is in consistent with the code of conduct even when confronted with challenges,” said Sello Maremane, Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson.
It is also important that law enforcement officials respect the dignity of the members of the public at all times.
A traffic officer in uniform is a peace officer appointed in terms of Criminal procedure Act, this means that wherever our traffic officers are deployed, they should at all times advocate for peace amongst the members of the public.
“No law enforcement official has a right to abuse community members regardless of their status in society and even with slightest provocation. Lastly, we urge the members of the public to report such unruly and unbecoming conduct by any of our members,” added Sello Maremane.