- Reports have revealed that traffic officers in South Africa will soon have body cameras attached to them
- The body cameras are there to not only thwart bribery but to also protect and serve motorists in the country
- It has also been revealed that drones may be in place soon to identify reckless motorists in SA
Body cameras will soon be a normal part of the uniform of police officers in South Africa. The cameras will allow for all interactions between traffic officers and motorists to be recorded, according to Deputy Transport Minister Dikeledi Magadzi.
Magadzi was speaking at the Easter Arrive Alive Road Safety Campaign earlier this week. The new uniform add-on will be in place to not only protect civilians but to thwart any possible Coca-Cola bribes.
The transport department stated that the cameras will be useful in dealing with bribery incidents as they will provide a more 'factual' account of events.
According to TimesLIVE, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) will be rolling the new body cameras out over the next three to five years. The cameras will not only combat corruption but also improve the rates of conviction for traffic law violations.
Drones are also on the cards to help protect the country from reckless motorists.
A report by BusinessTech stated that Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula is expected to provide a demonstration of the new high-tech cameras at the launch of the Easter Road Safety Campaign next week.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula is expected to provide an official demonstration of the new technology soon.
In other news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that the NPA dropped charges against the elderly man who was rushing to see his dying wife in hospital. Arnold Tembo was arrested as he rushed to say goodbye to his dying wife, Joan.
Tembo received the news on Tuesday as he buried 74-year-old Joan. The National Prosecuting Authority reportedly declined to prosecute Tembo. 70-year-old Tembo was left heartbroken after the traffic cops him last week.
Reports say that Tembo was stopped on Jakes Gerwel Drive while on his way to the hospital his wife was in. The officers who arrested Tembo did not verify his story and arrested him instead while his wife died.
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