A taxi-driver will be appearing in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s court, this week, after the 34 year-old man allegedly assaulted a off-duty police officer at a high school on Friday afternoon. According to police, the driver, who was transporting school children, was also under the influence of alcohol.
Sergeant Kobus Landman was at the school picking up school learners when an altercation between him and the driver occurred. It alleged that the tax-driver parked in front of the police officer’s vehicle and refused to move out the way. “I asked the driver to please move his vehicle and he then turned to me, swearing that I must rather back away and go,” claimed Landman.
Landman then hooted at the taxi and then again stepped out of his vehicle to confront the driver. “I ask the man to please move, it was then that the argument started.” Landman said that he tried to walk away but when he got into his vehicle the taxi driver grab him by the throat.
The police sergeant said he managed to get out of his vehicle, but claimed by then he was being assaulted by the driver and ten other people, including learners who were in the taxi. “My children were in the car watching and screaming as they beat me,” said Landman.
By the time police arrived at the scene, the taxi-driver had already left. Landman then followed the taxi.
Ladysmith police communications officer Captain Charmain Struwig said: “When police intercepted the vehicle being driven by the suspect they established that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and will appear in court. He faces a charge of assault as well as driving while under the influence of alcohol.”