Thanks for restoring pride in our police
IN RESPONSE to your article “Use of police spikes banned”, I say that is a very welcome development. Our police were now looking like Vikings.
Indeed, the Iron Age has come and gone and it is time to redeem our officer who had been taken far back into history.
I bet even the officers themselves are happy because it took a lot of energy to carry those spiked metal bars.
I remember when they started using them they were nearly two metres long.
In most cases I would feel sorry for some officers who looked totally dejected just dragging the spikes.
Then someone thought he had found a solution to weld a portable spike, seriously!
The metal paraphernalia was a total regression and took away the self-esteem from our police by making them look like scrap metal dealers.
Surely, it was an insult to have a grownup woman or man leave their families only to be equipped with spiked metal bars to do their duties in a world where others use sophisticated electronic traffic policing systems.
I also suggest the elimination of spot fines, and subsequently corruption. At a roadblock, if an offender does not have the prescribed fine, the police must issue a ticket and instruct them to pay later within a specific timeframe.
They should send the details to the CVR and Zinara so that if the offender fails to pay, they are charged when renewing vehicle licences.
This will ensure we don’t make individual police officers rich, but revenue goes to Government.
Clapperton Mulawuzi, Bulawayo.