Cape Town’s traffic chief is investigating allegations that a top traffic officer has not been prosecuted after being caught speeding two years ago.

Cape Town’s traffic chief is investigating allegations that a top traffic officer has not been prosecuted after being caught speeding two years ago.

The reported that Parow traffic area manager Wendy Knoetze is believed to have been caught by a speed camera doing 77 km/h in a 60 km/h area in Parow in November 2000.

The newspaper reported that if the fine had not been paid then the offender should have appeared in court within two years. But this did not happen.

Cape Town traffic chief Mervin Merrington said he was investigating the matter.

"I do not want to pre-empt anything at this stage, but I do not agree with such an incident if it is found to be true. Everybody is equal before the law,” he told the newspaper.

"I am investigating and have asked Tygerberg for the records. As soon as the investigation is over, we will know what happened,” he said.

In March 2002, it was reported that independent auditors PriceWaterhouseCoopers found the Cape Town traffic department's fines section was “unprofessional, poorly managed and could be a breeding ground for fraud and corruption”.

The report said that between 1997 and 2001, traffic officers "lost" more than 43 000 tickets and summonses. There were cases of officials claiming that they could not serve warrants of arrest on colleagues who had not paid fines as they could not find them. The audit indicated that this was bizarre –in one case, the colleague actually worked in the same building as the officials looking for him.