...when deal­ing with mo­torists not be overzeal­ous

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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.

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