‘Unhelpful’ Traffic Recruits

‘Unhelpful’ Traffic Recruits

Open Letter to CEO Windhoek Municipality I’M writing this open letter to you because trying to get your police chiefs at P A de Wet to do anything is actually a laughing matter.

If you can find one in his or her office on any given day of the week, kindly take yourself out to dinner at the Country Club at my expense. Towards the end of 2005, a large contingent of new recruits made their appearance on the streets of Windhoek.It is with utter disbelief that one learns that most of these young ‘interns’ do not possess drivers’ licences, let alone learner’s licences.One shudders to think of what dangers to the general public will exist once these recruits get behind the wheels of those fancy Peugeot cars being used by their more experienced colleagues.Which brings me to the point of my letter.These new recruits are appointed to be of service to the Windhoek public and to maintain law and order on the capital’s streets, yet I find their knowledge of the road law and attitude towards us as taxpayers to be belligerent, rude and unhelpful, and their supervisors, who accompany them for most of the day, to be excellent teachers of these bad attributes! I have had my Code 08 licence for 27 years and I find the lack of upholding basic road rules here in the capital city alarming and actually quite frightening.For example, the signs recently erected in Independence Avenue and at Maerua Mall preventing taxis from getting into these areas, are totally ignored.The ‘no-stopping’ signs and red lines at the back of Gustav Voigts Centre and the area around Delta Secondary School are probably put there for the fun of it.These new recruits seem to be under the impression that trees are for standing under out of the sun and the shopping complexes are there to provide cooldrinks and chips, and a place to socialise.And we should increase our life insurance premiums when it comes to four-way stop streets – they are the best place to practise your Russian roulette! Mr Mayor Sir, we are always hearing that Windhoek is ‘wonderfully this and wonderfully that’, but why don’t you drive around unofficially and see what’s actually going on out here? Windhoek Traffic Police used to be one of the best units in the SADC region, integrated with highly trained black and white, male and female officers.Where have they all gone? Remember, it’s your tax money as well.The next time I get shouted at and have a finger pointed at me because I choose to adhere to a road rule, the matter will have legal implications.Irate Road User Via e-mailTowards the end of 2005, a large contingent of new recruits made their appearance on the streets of Windhoek.It is with utter disbelief that one learns that most of these young ‘interns’ do not possess drivers’ licences, let alone learner’s licences.One shudders to think of what dangers to the general public will exist once these recruits get behind the wheels of those fancy Peugeot cars being used by their more experienced colleagues.Which brings me to the point of my letter.These new recruits are appointed to be of service to the Windhoek public and to maintain law and order on the capital’s streets, yet I find their knowledge of the road law and attitude towards us as taxpayers to be belligerent, rude and unhelpful, and their supervisors, who accompany them for most of the day, to be excellent teachers of these bad attributes! I have had my Code 08 licence for 27 years and I find the lack of upholding basic road rules here in the capital city alarming and actually quite frightening.For example, the signs recently erected in Independence Avenue and at Maerua Mall preventing taxis from getting into these areas, are totally ignored.The ‘no-stopping’ signs and red lines at the back of Gustav Voigts Centre and the area around Delta Secondary School are probably put there for the fun of it.These new recruits seem to be under the impression that trees are for standing under out of the sun and the shopping complexes are there to provide cooldrinks and chips, and a place to socialise.And we should increase our life insurance premiums when it comes to four-way stop streets – they are the best place to practise your Russian roulette! Mr Mayor Sir, we are always hearing that Windhoek is ‘wonderfully this and wonderfully that’, but why don’t you drive around unofficially and see what’s actually going on out here? Windhoek Traffic Police used to be one of the best units in the SADC region, integrated with highly trained black and white, male and female officers.Where have they all gone? Remember, it’s your tax money as well.The next time I get shouted at and have a finger pointed at me because I choose to adhere to a road rule, the matter will have legal implications.Irate Road User Via e-mail

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