Cop admits 'force' on woman

2012-06-06 13:06

Johannesburg - A North West traffic official admitted he used "minimum" force in trying to arrest a Klerksdorp woman who tried to reach her dying father in hospital, the Tlokwe Municipality said on Wednesday.

Spokesman Willie Maphosa said the officer tried to stop Hestia Kotze, who did not comply, on Saturday afternoon. He then chased her on the N12 after he noticed reckless driving that obstructed oncoming traffic.


In the Beeld newspaper on Wednesday, Kotze alleged she was manhandled and sprayed with pepper spray at Potchefstroom Mediclinic's entrance after the officer attempted to pull her over near the Ikageng off-ramp, on her way to see her father.

He died before she could see him.

"I was doing no more than 120km/h. I moved into the other lane, and gestured to him, saying it was an emergency and I needed his help. My headlights and emergency lights were flashing," Kotze said.

Maphosa said the officer did not know why she was driving in that way.

"When they arrived at hospital the officer informed her about her reckless driving and that he was about to arrest her. The driver started swearing at the officer and resisted arrest. The officer used minimum force to effect the arrest of the lady, who continued to fight, refusing to be arrested.

"If there was [better] communication, officers could have escorted her to the hospital."


Charges against Kotze were dropped by the Potchefstroom Magistrate's Court and she said she would pursue a civil claim against the officer.

Maphosa said the municipality would like her to come forward with her side of the story, as it only had the officer's version.

"We don't want to protect our officer, we want her to come [forward] so we can investigate this matter," Maphosa insisted.


  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-06 16:32

    If lights are flashing and your headlights is on, it means that their is a problem / emergency. It is one of the first things that you learn for your learners licence. For peet sake, did he buy his licence that he claims "Maphosa said the officer did not know why she was driving in that way."

      sibusiso.kuzwayo - 2012-06-06 16:56

      Emergencies r no excuse for reckless driving and police don't chase ppl down for no reason. She decided not to stop when instructed to by an officer, she decided to resist arrest when cornered. Had she gotten into an accident or injured others in her haste, we would be blaming the officer for failing in his/her duty. My condolences to her and her family for their loss, all this is unfortunate and unnecessary at this time of bereavement.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-06 20:16

    And blue light thugs can do as they please so yes a wood head you are, then you send condolences to the family,no good damn thing you are.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-07 00:08

    Another clue was when she pulled into a hospital, duh.

      Frank - 2012-06-07 11:48

      ok,your`e hot.

  • riotousr - 2012-06-07 09:34

    Anyone who breaks the rule should always be prepared to suffer the consequences. Grow up Albert, how can you be such a swine in these days of enlightment. These white women can be just as cheeky as their slaughtered ET. They shall follow the leader, bowhooaaahhh!!!

      Frank - 2012-06-07 11:45

      what a knob.

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