Thursday, 14 December 2017


A North West traffic officer who was attacked by a motorist and insulted by a passenger said the incident had traumatised him.

This was after a video went viral on social media showing a motorist attacking the officer who was also sworn at.

The incident happened on Sunday. "I am shivering. I am traumatised and I am not feeling well. I am now having flashbacks of what happened," Johannes Manthi said.

Manthi, 47, said he stopped the motorist for overtaking over the barrier line.

"I asked him to give me his physical address [and] he refused. I told him that I was not going to let go of his driving licence until he [complied]."
Manthi, who was working with two female traffic officers at the time, said the man then started beating and swearing at him. He said he could not react and that his focus was on the driver's licence.

"I was not thinking of any other thing. I said to myself if he beats me up, let it be. The law will take its course because I did not provoke him. I was just asking for his residential address.

"I thought about my four children and family and I thanked God that I was not seriously injured."


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