A crack team of Joburg's bumbling metro cops set off on Saturday morning to save the citizenry from crime and boost the city coffers with fines. The posse returned in triumph to Moroka police station with a captive family man - and egg on their faces.
Sydney Ntshudisane, 49, was on his way to Polokwane from Tshiawelo to visit his family when he was stopped at a roadblock near the N12 highway.
Metro officer Phumzile Mkhwanazi swaggered to his car, asked for his driver's licence and nodded her head after her inspection, satisfied that it was legitimate.
"I thought that was it, but she started walking around my car, which I was comfortable with because I know it is procedure. But then she started calling other officers.
"They surrounded the car and the next thing I was told that my licence disc is fake," he said.
"Another female officer, who they said was a disc expert, confirmed that it was fake and ripped it off the windscreen.
"I was told that I was being arrested. One officer was ordered to drive my car while I rode with the others to Moroka police station," Ntshudisane said.
"At the station, a [computer] verification was done by the SAPS. It turned out my disc wasn't fake after all," he said.
Problem was Ntshudisane's licence disc had already been shredded and he feared being fined if caught on the roads. He went to speak to metro police commanding officer in Dube.
"Their boss, a TZ Gumede, told me to drive to Polokwane and said that if I was stopped by the police and issued a ticket I would have to take it to Phumzile to pay for it."
After his experience that morning, Ntshudisane considered the odds and chose to stay at home for the weekend.
"I want the two officers investigated," he said.
Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar apologised to Ntshudisane for the inconvenience but insisted that the officer did nothing wrong.
Automobile Association spokesperson Gary Ronal said tearing the disc into pieces was illegal.