DA calls on Gauteng premier to ban blue-light convoys

2013-07-17 13:39

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Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane should ban blue-light convoys in the province, the DA has said.

“On an ongoing basis I have asked ... Mokonyane to ban the use of blue lights by ministers and MECs,” Democratic Alliance spokesperson Kate Lorimer said in a statement today.

She was responding to reports of a car accident near the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein yesterday.

Mokonyane’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

The accident allegedly involved a black BMW in a blue-light convoy and a Toyota, which was believed to be a labour department vehicle.

The Star reported that the driver of the BMW allegedly failed to stop at a red traffic light and the car’s number plates were removed after the crash.

Lorimer said: “There have been a number of incidents in which these vehicles have endangered the lives of members of the public.”

In November 2011, a driver for former housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi allegedly skipped a red light and crashed into matric pupil Thomas Ferreira’s motorcycle.

Ferreira suffered brain injuries, spent three weeks in a coma, and had to undergo intensive rehabilitation therapy. The matter is before the Krugersdorp Magistrates’ Court.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed that the drivers of both vehicles had to be taken to hospital.

It was unclear how seriously they were injured.

Lorimer said more details were needed about the accident.

“I have submitted questions to (community safety) MEC Faith Mazibuko to ascertain details of the accident and who was responsible.

“The question must again be asked: When does someone’s schedule become more important than the life and safety of ordinary South Africans?” she said.

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