ON Monday morning, after dropping off our son at school in Newton Park, my husband and I had an incident with a female traffic officer directing traffic, who unlawfully barred us entry into our street where we have resided for the past 15 years. This incident occurred at 7.45am at the corner of Hamerkop Street and Warbler Street in Cotswold Extension.
In an unprofessional and degrading manner she shouted, pointing her finger in our faces in full view of other motorists, stating we could not enter the street.
We explained we were not making a U-turn as we resided in the street and were on our way home. The street is situated in a cul-de-sac and it is therefore the only way of entering the street.
A superior officer arrived later, supervising the female officer from the corner of the road outside his vehicle. After we arrived at our residence my husband approached him in a dignified manner and explained what had happened.
The superior officer then told him it did not matter and we might not enter our street between 7 and 8 in the morning. We feel this is unlawful as we return home after dropping our son to get ready for work.
How are we supposed to wait till 8am to enter our own street? Furthermore, we are frustrated by motorists who make these U-turns, as it makes it difficult for us to leave our residence in the morning and we understand the work that the traffic officer has to do to regulate the flow of traffic.
As residents we feel we are being victimised in the mornings by living in this street as we are not making U-turns.
Name supplied, Port Elizabeth