Cop on road rage charge

A 27-year-old policeman will appear in the Pretoria magistrate's court today after he allegedly assaulted a motorist on Friday night.

A 27-year-old policeman will appear in the Pretoria magistrate's court today after he allegedly assaulted a motorist on Friday night.

Inspector Klaas van der Kooi said yesterday the police officer allegedly attacked a motorist in a road rage incident on Friday in Villieria, Pretoria.

"The officer bumped the man's car off the road. He then proceeded to open the door of his victim's car, pulled him out and attacked him with his fists."

The officer is stationed at the Railway Police unit, and is not a member of the VIP protection unit, as was initially reported. He was off duty at the time. Van der Kooi said the officer was arrested shortly after eyewitnesses called the police. "The officer was released on a warning on Saturday morning. He will appear on charges of common assault and reckless or negligent driving."

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital. According to yesterday's Rapport newspaper, the victim, businessman Henk Griesel, 47, had three of his teeth knocked out when the policeman assaulted him with a piece of metal.

This is the second alleged case of road rage involving a policeman. KwaZulu-Natal social welfare MEC Meshack Radebe's bodyguard Constable Hlanganani Nxumalo is facing eight attempted murder charges. - Sapa

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