PTA cop accused of threatening to shoot child

Linda Robertse claims the traffic officer demanded money in order to buy a drink but she refused.

Pretoria CBD. Picture: NJR_ZA/Wikipedia

PRETORIA - A Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) officer allegedly threatened to shoot a three-year-old child after a motorist refused to pay a bribe, a Pretoria woman claimed on Tuesday.

The incident apparently took place in western Pretoria on Monday.

Linda Robertse said she was returning home after picking up her daughter when she was pulled over by the TMPD.

She claimed the officer demanded money in order to buy a drink but she told him she only had money to buy bread for her children.

Robertse said Magda was in the back seat of the car and the officer told the child to shut up or he would shoot her.

The mother further claimed the officer took money from her daughter.

The TMPD said an investigator had been assigned to look into the allegations.

Six officers have been arrested in January alone for allegedly soliciting bribes from motorists.