TRAFFIC OFFICERS MUST EXHIBIT PROFESSIONALISM
...when dealing with motorists not be overzealous
Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) is an organisation that believes in morality and always seek to be professional at all times hence traffic officers are not expected to be overzealous in the execution of their duties.
This was revealed by Deputy National Commissioner - Mandla Preeman Mdluli who was representing the National Commissioner of Police during the closing of a 12-week Basic Traffic Course held at Matsapha Police Academy on Tuesday.
He pleaded with the officers to always adhere to the organisational values and principles which are against corruption. The course participants consisted of thirty five (35) traffic officers drawn from all Police formations around the country including the Operational Support Services Unit (OSSU).
Mdluli who is the director general traffic and transport management hailed the training arrangement and blending of various police departments as diverse skills are much appreciated and treasured.
He stated that traffic officers should be careful not to be overzealous when dealing with members of the public,but should always adhere to the prescription of the Road Traffic Act as means to justify their actions when effecting arrests over traffic offences. Mdluli said the REPS believes in morality not corruption and in justice not lawlessness. He advised officers to avoid the elements of ambiguity and uncertainty in the execution of their duties.
“Cultivate personal discipline with humility, passion and professional practices. Abstain from corrupt activities as some of your colleagues are involved in dagga dealings with syndicates. There is no room for dormant and corrupt officers in the organisation,” he said. He pleaded with the officers to uphold the virtue of being trustworthy and subscribe to the notion of being honest to the job.
The deputy national commissioner stated that traffic personnel are entrusted with collecting public funds such as fines and the organisation expects legitimacy and sincerity hence they are not expected to misappropriate govern-ment funds.
The course participants were also implored to desist from anti-social conduct such as being aggressive, stereotyped and behaving disorderly towards motorists. Mdluli said he is hopeful that the training has capacitated the officers in many aspects that centred on the diverse policing systems. He went on to express his appreciation to the private sector and other government departments who support the traffic unit by sharing technical expertise, as such energies are aimed at improving safety on the country’s roads. He said such an alliance is a much treasured and it provides the necessary anchors for stimulating the country’s vision of attaining a first world status.
Mdluli further appreciated the South African Police Service (traffic department) for the immerse contribution towards the transforming and uplifting of traffic management competencies within the REPS. He said the South African traffic department provides assistance in manning machineries systems such as the mobile testing station on motor vehicles used for road worthiness.
“We take cognisance of the diligent and collective bilateral cooperation efforts that is between the two organisations. We give assurance that such an alliance will not perish as it is within our prerogative to cement it to grow from strength to strength.”
Mdluli said he was hopeful that with the skills they acquired during the twelve week course the traffic officers learnt and mastered the professionalism in managing traffic on the country’s roads. He said such human resource capacitation initiative would assist to reproduce and interrogate the officers’ ability and strength against weaknesses in the execution of traffic duties. He noted that the purpose of such a training is to make the officers to be more effective and productive in their responsibilities.
He further urged the participants to put the knowledge acquired to good use by exhibiting and promoting best practices focusing on improved service for the benefit of the police organisation.
Speaking on behalf of the traffic officers, Constable Xolile Mntambo highlighted that the content of the training was comprehensive and systematic.
She said the training was an eye opener as it helped broaden their perspective on traffic duties. The officers pledged to apply all the acquired knowledge and represent the highest level of professionalism which will in turn reduce
complaints against traffic officers.
UNITED: The traffic officers posing with Deputy National Commissioner, Director General Traffic and Transport Management Mandla Mdluli (front centre) and other senior officers.
THANKS: Traffic officer Yenz'kuthula Shongwe receiving his certificate from Mdluli. SPEECH: The Deputy National Commissioner Mdluli making his remarks.
EYE OPENER: Course participants’ representative Constable Xolile Mntambo speaks.