Cars bullied off fast lane

2014-10-23 00:00

MSUNDUZI Mayor Chris Ndlela’s official car was allegedly driven recklessly, tailgating and flashing other motorists to force them off the fast lane, says a Pietermaritzburg resident.

Robin Holmes said he did not know the model or the make of the car, as he was not car savvy, but he was certain the vehicle’s licence plate was NPC1.

Holmes said it was not clear whether the mayor was in the car at the time. “Perhaps the honourable mayor was not a passenger and so could not have cautioned the bodyguard.”

He said he was driving on the northbound carriageway of the N3 near Howick on Friday when he noticed a speeding car flashing other motorists in the fast lane to move over, tailgating them by driving dangerously close to their rear bumpers.

“I was already driving in the left lane so it was not affecting me,” he said.

“I just saw in my rearview mirror this car flashing other motorists and pushing them into other lanes. It would go right to the back of the other car, tailgating them so they move to another lane.

“The driver was doing this continuously. It was not until the car got close to me that I noticed that it was the mayor’s car.”

Holmes was incensed by the driver’s “reckless and discourteous behaviour”.

“What traffic ordinance allows a civilian vehicle such as NPC1 to flash headlights at motorists, intending that they would somehow vanish, and when this proves not to be possible, to then tailgate them at high speed?

“As far as I can ascertain, both practices are forbidden, and the latter is extremely dangerous,” he said, adding that the car did not have blue lights.

Holmes said he had previously had a similar run-in with a former minister near Durban, and was involved in another incident with presidential bodyguards who tried to force him off the road near Johannesburg.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said they were investigating the matter.

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