Cameras hold clues to ‘blue light’ shooters’ identities

2013-10-10 00:00

AUTHORITIES are scrutinising N3 traffic camera footage, which holds the key to the identity of the alleged VIP protection services bullies behind a highway shooting.

Twenty-four-year-old Wynand (who did not want his full name published) of Durban, was the latest victim of alleged “cowboy cop” gunfire when he was shot at more than five times on the N3, apparently by members of the VIP protection services, on Tuesday afternoon.

His crime was not moving out of the way fast enough to give way to the VIP unit vehicle catching up with a white Prado, which was apparently carrying a mayor.

Although the VIP vehicle was fitted with a blue light, the light was not used in the incident, which happened just after the Mariannhill toll plaza, close to the M13 exit.

The Witness can today reveal the first major clue to the identity of the occupant of the Prado — a personalised KwaZulu-Natal number plate.

“From what I can remember, the Prado number plate was a personalised one and started with an I and ended with an E-ZN,” said Wynand, the traumatised victim, who recently moved to Durban from Newcastle.

The other clue is the registration of the VIP services vehicle — a white Toyota Corolla.

Police sources revealed that the registration on that vehicle was GGC603G, although Wynand thought it it was GGM603G.

Both registration numbers have been traced to the Gauteng Public Works and Transport Department.

Both the Transport and Co-operative Governance departments have said they were looking to the traffic camera footage for more clues.

Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said they were in the process of viewing the footage.

“Until we find footage and see what happened, we really cannot speculate,” he said.

Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the footage was critical to the case as the victim could not supply them with further details.

Wynand yesterday returned to the scene and discovered two bullet shells from the incident, and handed them over to the investigating officer.

Wynand said he was lucky to be alive.

“I thought they were going to kill me. When I saw that rifle and heard the shots, I just braked. Then they pulled up next to me and I saw the driver pull out his pistol and shoot at me,” he recalled.

“I started reversing. I didn’t care what I was reversing into, and I didn’t care what was going to hit me; I just didn’t want to die by their gun.

“I went over the island to the other side and waited until they left,” said the sales representative.

After the incident, Wynand said he decided to wait a while on the freeway before proceeding to his Durban North offices.

However, at an intersection shortly thereafter, he saw Metro police cars with flashing blue lights and the VIP Corolla.

Wynand said he was questioned by a Metro policeman who wanted to know whether he knew that “a mayor was in the Prado”.

“How was I supposed to know a mayor was in the Prado? I was just driving and came between the Prado and the Corolla after the toll. I just couldn’t give the Corolla way because there was a Corsa right next to me. There was nowhere for me to go to,” said Wynand.

Living in Durban for six months, Wynand said this incident had sent his life into turmoil.

“Besides affecting my daily work schedule, I moved to Durban for better prospects. But since I got here, I was hijacked at gunpoint in Amanzimtoti in May and now this. My fiancée, who lives in Ladysmith, is now refusing to come and live in Durban after we get married in December,” he said.

“All of this is so unnecessary just because some guys want to act like cowboys. They are a menace to society and a real threat to innocent people,” said Wynand.

KZN SAPS spokesperson Captain Thulane Zwane said a case of attempted murder had been opened but no arrests had been made.

• If you were a witness to the incident or know of the vehicles involved, please contact The

Witness at 033 355 1337 or 031 533 7621.

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