Blue light accident: MEC slams calls for apology

2008-05-28 00:00

Social Development MEC Meshack Radebe has rubbished as cheap politicking calls made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) for him to apologise for a road accident involving his VIP driver.

DA MPL Radley Keys called on Radebe to apologise to the victim of last weekend’s crash near Camperdown.

Radebe’s police driver, who was allegedly speeding at close to 200 km/h, drove into the back of a private car, causing severe damage to one of its occupants.

“This is nothing but cheap politicking from the DA. This does not even deserve an answer from me,” Radebe said.

He said the DA based its information on conflicting newspaper reports. “There is no basis for what he is saying, even the media reports are conflicting. In one report, it is claimed that the driver was using a blue light, while an eyewitness was quoted by The Witness as saying that the driver was not using a blue light.”

He questioned the validity of reports that the driver was driving at an estimated speed of about 200 km/h.

“For a person to determine that the car was driving at that speed only means that the witness was also travelling at that same speed,” he said.

The DA once again called on the police to charge the driver with negligent and reckless driving.

Keys also condemned what he called “the abuse of position and power by members of the SAPS VIP unit and MECs in KZN and their disregard for the law”.

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