A Ghost Squad cop is being investigated for allegedly tempting motorists to dice with him and then arresting them for speeding, IOL reports.
A Platterkloof man, Francois Woudberg accused the officer of deceiving unsuspecting motorists, saying: “On Sunday 3 September my friends and I were at the garage at La Belle in Stikland at about 11.30pm. Traffic cops pulled up with no lights and put a guy in handcuffs on the garage property.
“We then saw that the number plates on the white Volkswagen Golf were not the same. We took pictures of the car as this could not be legal.
“The front had a CFM number plate, and there was a CCT number plate at the back of the car. I asked another officer whether this was legal and a Ghost Squad officer told me to email JP Smith to find out if it’s legal.”
Woudberg further explains how these motorists were lured to dice with the Ghost cop in the white Golf GTi.
“The car stands at the robots and starts revving, like calling you out to race,” he says. “The moment the robot changes and you drive, ready to race, the officer puts on the lights and then he takes you.
"You don’t know this is an official as you can only see the front number plate. They speed without lights and drive 180km/h in a 60km/h zone.
“The Ghost Squad is supposed to be an example to drivers. They don’t just break the laws of the road but they’re all verbally abusive, they make as if they are above the law. This officer needs to be dismissed, all this officer’s cases needs to be thrown out as it was not obtained legally.”
As Woudberg noted, the vehicle has two different number plates which Executive director for safety and security Richard Bosman said “is illegal”.
Bosman added: “The officer is a member of the City’s Traffic Service. The City is therefore investigating and, once the investigation has been completed, the necessary steps will be taken.”