A Port Elizabeth traffic officerwas stunned yesterday when he witnessed 13 children and two adults clamber out of a station wagon that was pulled over at a N2 road block.
The traffic officer, who asked not to be named as he is not allowed to speak to the media, said in his seven years on the job, he had never seen anything like it.
“It was unbelievable, I have never seen that before,” he said. The white Opel Astra was pulled over at 7.40am near Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.
The officer and his colleagues watched as seven children crawled out of the boot first. Six children then climbed out from the back seat.
“The children just kept on piling out of the vehicle,” the shocked officer said. Two adults, including the driver, then emerged from the front of the vehicle.
The small children, all aged between three and six, live around the city. “We set up the roadblock along the N2 onramp from Motherwell towards Bluewater Bay, but none of us expected that,” he said.
Alternative transport was arranged for the children. “The driver was charged with overloading. “He was fined R300 per person for the overloading,” the officer said.
In terms of the National Road Traffic Act, two children over the age of three and under the age of six, should be counted as one person in a vehicle. The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality failed to respond to questions yesterday