Blue light complainers go to UN

2012-01-04 07:39

A lobby group trying to stop government ministers and other VIPs from using blue-light vehicles to move through traffic will approach the World Health Organisation, claiming that the minister of transport has ignored a public petition.

Howard Dembovsky, chairperson of the Justice Project SA, said the petition, containing 46 646 signatures, was “hand-delivered” to the offices of the national department of transport on December 1 and the minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, given until December 31 to respond.

“As a result of his [Ndebele’s] inaction a letter has been drafted and delivered to the World Health Organisation at the United Nations,” Dembovsky said.

Tiyani Rikhotso, spokesperson for the ministry of transport, acknowledged receipt of the petition and told Sapa that the minister would respond in due course.

The Justice Project is lobbying against blue-light brigades after a Krugersdorp teenager, Thomas Ferreira (18), was injured in November last year when the car transporting Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi jumped a red traffic light.

A blue flashing light was the only warning to motorists that the high speed luxury car was not going to stop.

Ferreira, who was knocked off his motorbike, is recovering but has suffered brain damage.


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