Traffic officer bust for dagga
A CAPE Town traffic cop faces disciplinary action after he was caught in possession of dagga while on duty.
The officer was caught in Athlone on Tuesday afternoon, apparently by neighbourhood watch members. He was apprehended and taken to the Manenberg police station.
The officer had been on duty in full uniform, and had parked his official motorcycle on the side of the road. It is unclear whether he had been smoking the dagga.
Sources said the officer was allegedly a repeat offender, who had also been caught with drugs in 2006.
Police spokesman Superintendent André Traut said the officer confessed to being in possession of the marijuana and paid a R100 fine.
He said that in cases where offenders were caught with small amounts of dagga, they could get off by paying “a small admission of guilt fine”.
The traffic officer was released from custody the same day. However, he is unlikely to get off that easily during an internal disciplinary hearing next week.
City of Cape Town executive director for safety and security Richard Bosman confir med that he had been informed of the incident on Tuesday evening.
The officer was immediately put on special leave and an investigation launched. He is expected to appear at a disciplinary hearing on Monday morning, when it will be determined whether he will be suspended. The investigation, Bosman said, would also look into whether he had been guilty of previous incidents.