- Gender-based violence has left South African women feeling perpetually vulnerable
- This includes encounters with the nation's police officials, especially when being pulled over at night
- Briefly.co.za explores a citizen's rights when it comes to dealing with traffic officers
South Africans have been paying close attention to the plague that is gender-based violence in the country.
With some police officials caught up in questionable incidents, some don't feel safe when pulled over by traffic cops, especially at night.
Briefly.co.za explores what rights Mzansi citizens have when it comes to encounters with the law:
Police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says traffic officers have the right to stop a vehicle at any time, encouraging women to comply but to stay inside the vehicle, News24 reports.
Citizens are urged to immediately request an appointment card with Minnar commenting:
"If they do not have an appointment card then they are not an officer, I would suggest that you call for help immediately."
In addition to this, Minnar advises South Africans:
- Police are allowed to stop a vehicle and request both a licence and registration
- Only a female police officer is permitted to physically search a woman
- If no female officer is present, one must be called to the scene
- However, this does not mean you are free to leave the scene, you will need to wait for the officer to arrive
- You may stay inside your vehicle while waiting for the female officer to arrive if you feel unsafe
- Report cases where police officials are found to be operating without an appointment card
- A woman is entitled to call for help in situations where she feels her safety is at risk
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