Under fire Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga has ordered traffic enforcement operatives in the ZRP to stop both carrying and throwing handheld spikes on offending motorists following a public outcry over the controversial policing method.
In a statement, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi all but admitted the ZRP has come under pressure from the public and parliament for throwing spikes on speeding vehicles, with instances of death and injury sometimes reported.
“…The Commissioner General of Police has with immediate effect banned the use of hand held spikes by any police officers whilst performing traffic enforcement duties throughout the country.
“Any police officer who will defy this directive will be arrested and face both criminal and stern disciplinary action.
“No police officer will be allowed to move around whilst openly holding or carrying spikes under the guise of traffic enforcement.”