Photo Credit: @donovanmathebula/screenshot

Encountering traffic officers isn’t the highlight of most people’s days. But, for some, it was thanks to one dancing cop and his infectious dance moves. Have a look!


South Africa (4 April, 2023) — There are usually two options in South Africa when an inconvenience occurs. We either complain, or we dance. We’re pretty big fans of the latter, and the millions of people who loved the video of a dancing traffic officer agree.

Recently, a traffic officer turned ‘Rush Hour’ into ‘Step Up: Mzansi’ after he directed cars with a few moves we’re sure weren’t part of any traffic officer training programmes. The energy he exudes is a refreshing break from most traffic officer encounters, earning the dancer a ton of praise for his joy.

The clip, shared by @donovanmathebula on TikTok made many locals feel a little more proudly South African, and a lot more inspired to have the same kind of energy in their own jobs. It has since raked in 1.2 million views, which goes to show that even if a robot is out of order, there’s often still a little unexpected light in the middle of the road when it comes to South Africa.

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@donovanmathebula25♬ Nyonga – Russian Army

The reactions to the video ranged from “Only in SA where life is a Netflix movie” to “give that man a cold drink” and “oh captain my captain”. Some users shared that he’s no longer dancing at the same spot and that his energy is missed for obvious reasons.

More Reactions:

“I will use this road daily.” —Mrs K on TikTok

“Well done to this man. We definitely need more officers like him.”—trevisenpillay on TikTok

“I love my country.” —Connie Smash on TikTok

“Imagine driving past you on a Monday Morning, [you] made my whole week.” —Lebogang on TikTok

Meanwhile in other officials performing news, the Pretoria-based team for Mi7 National Group caught Backstreet Boys fever and went viral for their lip-sync rendition!

Source: TikTok
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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