- A video of a confrontation between a motorist and two officers over their identification recently went viral
- The incident raised questions over what rights citizens have in interactions with traffic officials in SA
- Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind the situation to ensure South Africans understand their rights
Crime in South Africa is a persisting issue and with enterprising crooks attempting to impersonate officers, a person can't be too careful.
A clip showcasing a confrontation between a female motorist and two Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department officers went viral.
The situation became heated after the woman demanded identification, which the cops then apparently failed to produce.
Briefly.co.za examines the facts behind the rights of South African motorists to ensure Mzansi is equipped ahead of festive season travels.
The National Road Traffic Act ensures that all officers are easily identifiable, but also provides citizens with the power to request ID from any officials they encounter.
Should the official fail to produce their identification, they would be in violation of the Criminal Procedure Act.
BusinesTech reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula warned that the law works both ways:
“Likewise, when a member of the public is stopped by traffic officers, they are obliged to give their names and addresses when requested. There are many law enforcement officers who do their jobs diligently with professionalism and dedication."
With the festive season around the corner, the nation's traffic officers will be ever-present on the roads, ensuring that law and order are upheld during this bustling time of year.
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