According to Alderman JP Smith’s Facebook post, a traffic officer was knocked over this morning by a driver in a Toyota Avanza.
The officer sustained injuries to his head and leg following the incident, which took place at a Vehicle Check Point in Weltevreden Road in Philippi.
The driver attempted to flee, but was caught and arrested on the charges of reckless and negligent driving, failing to stop on command, failing to stop after an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of a dangerous weapon, and failing to have the correct licensing and permits in his possession while driving.
This incident comes after violence has erupted in Nyanga, Philippi and surrounding areas following an operation by City officials to clamp down on taxi operators without permits.
Golden Arrow buses and vehicles belonging to the municipality were burnt as a response to the seizing of vehicles.
Smith says that the disregard for law and order is a growing concern, as well as a lack of respect for authority that puts staff lives and safety at risk.
He calls upon SAPS Investigating Officers to present a strong case docket to the National Prosecuting Authority in an attempt to set an example against criminal acts against enforcement staff such as these.
Picture: Facebook / JP Smith