'Spot fine' for red light ends in shooting

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'Spot fine' for red light ends in shooting

Postby GOSA » Mon, 2009-09-07 07:00

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'Spot fine' for red light ends in shooting

August 18 2009 at 06:37PM

Two North West police officers face charges of attempted murder, theft
and hijacking after allegedly trying to force a Brits man to pay a
spot fine.

Christiaan Wynand Rudolf Nel was pulled over by two officers in a
police vehicle on Monday at 3am, supposedly for ignoring a red traffic
light on the Brits main road, North West Superintendent Junior Metsi
said on Tuesday.

"An argument ensued about alleged speeding and the two officers issued
a spot fine of R2 000."

Nel called his girlfriend and arranged to meet her at a nearby fuel
station where the money would be drawn.

'Nobody is above the law'
"The girl asked her father for help, who enlisted a security company's
assistance. The money was drawn and given to Nel, upon which the
police officers and Nel drove off, one of the officers driving Nel's

The security vehicle followed them to a spot where Nel handed R1 000
to the police officers.

"It seems that one of the officers spotted the security surveillance,
panicked and drove off in the police vehicle. Nel ran towards the
security guards and several shots were fired. The second police
officer then fled in Nel's car."

The car was found abandoned in the Brits area later on Monday.

A criminal and internal investigation was under way and the matter had
been referred to a senior public prosecutor for a decision on how to

"Nobody is above the law and the North West police will do everything
in its power to root out all corruption within and outside the police
service. We do not hesitate to arrest even our own members if they
commit a crime," said Metsi.

The province's Public Safety MEC Howard Yawa said he viewed the
allegations in a serious light and had ordered that the internal
investigation be expedited for completion within the next 14 days.

"There is no room for corrupt elements who compromise the integrity of
the police service," he said in a statement.

"The investigation will need to get to the bottom of why the motorist
was not arrested, if indeed he had committed a traffic violation and
couldn't also produce a driver's licence, why the alleged financial
transactions had to be conducted between the motorist and the said
policemen, and what led to the alleged shooting, flight of the
policemen from the scene and subsequent abandonment of the motorist's
car." - Sapa
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