‘Two si­des to Knys­na N2 scuf­fle’

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

The vi­deo of an al­ter­ca­ti­on be­t­ween a Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pal traf­fic of­fi­ci­al and a ci­vi­li­an on crut­ches that ci­r­cu­la­ted within mi­nu­tes af­ter the in­ci­dent last week, T­hurs­day 5 A­pril, has ma­de na­ti­o­nal news and cau­sed an u­pro­ar on so­ci­al me­dia w­he­re hund­reds of con­flicting com­ments ha­ve been ma­de.

It was al­so a point of dis­cus­si­on on ra­dio sta­ti­on Umhlo­bo We­ne­ne the next day du­ring their bre­ak­fast s­how, BEE, which has a lis­te­ners­hip of o­ver fi­ve mil­li­on lis­te­ners.

One of the hos­ts as­ked a traf­fic of­fi­ci­al, T­se­po Mats­ha­ya, w­hat the pro­ce­du­re is w­hen de­a­ling with pe­op­le who don’t ha­ve their li­cen­ces on them, as was the ca­se in t­his in­ci­dent, to which Mats­ha­ya re­p­lied, “At no point should any traf­fic of­fi­ci­al de­al with a ci­vi­li­an in that man­ner.”

Not spea­king to the me­dia

The man in the vi­deo, Al­roy Ker­spey, to­get­her with his wi­fe Mer­cia (who took the vi­deo) ha­ve sin­ce soug­ht le­gal coun­sel in lig­ht of the fact that Ker­spey was al­le­ge­d­ly un­la­w­ful­ly ar­res­ted, and they we­re ad­vi­sed not to talk to the me­dia in the in­te­rim.

Ho­we­ver, Ker­spey’s wi­fe did men­ti­on to the Knys­na-P­lett He­rald on Mon­day 9 A­pril that her hus­band is in bed rest as per doc­tor’s or­ders and that he is in no con­di­ti­on to talk a­bout the in­ci­dent be­cau­se re­col­lecti­ons of the day up­set him – “which is very bad for his he­art,” she ad­ded.

An a­no­ny­mous lo­cal who wit­nes­sed the en­ti­re in­ci­dent said, “It’s very e­a­sy for pe­op­le to pass jud­ge­ment, es­pe­ci­al­ly so w­hen the vi­deo was not re­cor­ded at the very be­gin­ning. The gent­le­man on crut­ches threw the first punch and sad­ly that part was ne­ver caug­ht on ca­me­ra.”

Ma­yor weighs in

The vi­deo has been shared on va­ri­ous so­ci­al me­dia plat­forms, w­he­re ma­ny lo­cals ex­pres­sed their fee­lings a­bout the in­ci­dent.

Knys­na ma­yor E­le­a­no­re Bouw-S­pies al­so joi­ned the con­ver­sa­ti­on w­hen she pos­ted on her of­fi­ci­al Facebook pa­ge on F­ri­day, 6 A­pril: “W­hat I wit­nes­sed on a vi­deo that is cur­rent­ly doing the rounds is ex­tre­me­ly dis­con­cer­ting. I am a strong be­lie­ver in pe­a­ce­ful dis­cus­si­ons and am of the o­pi­ni­on that the­re is no pla­ce for vi­o­len­ce or foul lan­gua­ge in any si­tu­a­ti­on.

“Ha­ving said that, I am al­so a strong ad­vo­ca­te for jus­ti­ce and must the­re­fo­re al­low the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to the in­ci­dent to run its cour­se.”

‘Wait for the facts’

Bouw-S­pies said on­ce all the facts ha­ve been pre­sen­ted, and on­ly then, can a­ny­bo­dy pass jud­ge­ment.

“I am look­ing for­ward to a swift and fair in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to t­his mat­ter and must re­mind all that we re­main in­no­cent until pro­ven guil­ty. I ask that the pu­blic re­frain from laying bla­me at the feet of either par­ty until all the facts ha­ve been in­ves­ti­ga­ted. I am hap­py that t­his mat­ter is seen in a se­ri­ous lig­ht, and is re­cei­ving the ur­gen­cy it de­ser­ves,” she con­clu­ded.

KPH Facebook com­ments

Be­low are so­me of the com­ments from the sto­ry that was pu­blis­hed on the pa­per’s Facebook pa­ge:

Ver­non Mat­thee said, “He fai­led to pre­sent his li­cen­ce disc, but told the of­fi­cer he would pho­ne so­meo­ne quick­ly to bring it. That of­fi­cer is well kno­wn for con­ducting him­self li­ke a thug. He’s ar­ro­gant and ru­de. The­re wont be any in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to t­his mat­ter. The mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty pro­ba­bly al­re­a­dy ma­de up their

mind re­gar­ding t­his mat­ter. It’s mos n boe­tie boe­tie ding by daai mu­ni­si­pa­li­teit.”

Max­i­ne Mey­er com­men­ted, “You still get a fi­ne e­ven if you call so­meo­ne to bring your li­cen­ce, and by doing that, he le­gal­ly re­sis­ted a po­li­ce of­fi­cer and of­fi­cers are then trai­ned to phy­si­cal­ly de­tain you until you stop re­sis­ting. T­his man was in the wrong, he was dri­ving drunk and wit­hout a li­cen­ce, he bro­ke two laws and de­ser­ved to be ar­res­ted.”

“A­bout ti­me they we­re caug­ht on ca­me­ra and ex­po­sed,” said Ba­ba Ga­noush, whi­le Mar­vin Hi­ga said, “T­his vi­deo needs to be sent to eNCA. That’s the on­ly way len­ja ingagxothwa em­se­ben­zi­ni a­yok­ho ty­hi­ni (t­his dog will be fi­red from work).

Be­ver­ley Bell said, “W­hat wor­ries me is that we don’t ha­ve vi­deo foota­ge of be­fo­re. Un­for­tu­na­te­ly, we are not seeing why the traf­fic of­fi­cer wan­ted to ar­rest the man. Su­re­ly, it’s not be­cau­se he just felt li­ke it. And in the be­gin­ning the of­fi­cer is not tal­king loud­ly or being ag­gres­si­ve in any way. Su­re­ly w­hen the gent­le­man put his hands on­to the of­fi­cer he was then look­ing for trou­ble? Don’t think I don’t find fault with the traf­fi­cs but I think the­re is mo­re to t­his than the foota­ge we are seeing. Sor­ry, but t­his is my 5 cents’ worth.”

“Two si­des to e­very sto­ry and wit­hout kno­wing the truth as to why he was being ar­res­ted I would be ca­re­ful a­bout ma­king accu­sa­ti­ons a­gainst either par­ty un­less you ha­ve ac­tu­al facts and p­roof to back them up. It’s in bad tas­te w­hat hap­pe­ned but I would li­ke facts and not e­mo­ti­o­nal he­ar­say,” said Rik­ki Fiet­ze. Van­nes­sa L Murp­hy said, “T­his is pat­he­tic, he was un­der ar­rest and he was re­sis­ting, he as­saul­ted the of­fi­cer, the wo­man as­saul­ted the of­fi­cer, u­sed dis­gus­ting lan­gua­ge to­wards an of­fi­cer, the man da­ma­ged mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty pro­per­ty by rip­ping the but­tons off the shirt, I re­al­ly ho­pe they do ta­ke t­his furt­her.”

No­ma­tam­san­qa Hlu­la­ni said t­his was ma­ni­pu­la­ti­on at its be­st be­cau­se the vi­deo starts half­way and doe­sn’t s­how how it got so rough, “(not) at any point do I see coope­ra­ti­on from the man, vi­deo en­ded, still no li­cen­se pro­du­ced. No of­fi­cer of the law has a rig­ht to man­hand­le pe­op­le, but they’re both guil­ty.”

Me­la­nie E­vans said she thoug­ht e­ver­yo­ne just knew the two fun­da­men­tal trut­hs, “Don’t mouth off to po­li­ce e­ver, and don’t pick a fig­ht with anyo­ne if you’re either on crut­ches or ha­ve ‘he­art’ pro­blems.”

Ja­c­ques Ja­mes Ains­lie said, “He fled the sce­ne w­he­re he was pul­led o­ver at a rou­ti­ne ro­ad­block. They caug­ht up and pul­led him o­ver a­gain in Main S­treet. Two tran­gres­si­ons! From the mo­ment the vi­deo star­ted, if you lis­ten ca­re­ful­ly, the of­fi­cer tried to keep con­t­rol of the si­tu­a­ti­on. Being crip­ple does not gi­ve you per­mis­si­on the bre­ak the law. The­re is a lot mo­re to t­his than w­hat you saw on the clip.”

W­hen ap­pro­a­ched for com­ment, the Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty said, “In the in­te­re­sts of all par­ties in­vol­ved, it will be pre­ma­tu­re to ma­ke any jud­ge­ment ba­sed on­ly on t­his vi­deo. The re­le­vant de­part­ment is cur­rent­ly con­ducting a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on. On­ly af­ter the con­clu­si­on of t­his in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on will the Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty be a­ble to com­ment.”

S­creen grabs from a vi­deo of the re­cent in­ci­dent in­vol­ving a man on crut­ches and two Knys­na traf­fic of­fi­ci­als, which has been doing the rounds on so­ci­al me­dia.

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