Family’s blue light panic

2008-12-19 00:00

While Hlanganani Nxumalo, the man who is charged with shooting at a vehicle while driving a blue light vehicle, was granted bail yesterday, another blue light convoy caused chaos on the N3 near the Mooi River Toll Plaza.

A Johannesburg couple and their son were harassed, threatened and verbally abused by a group of men and a woman travelling in a Gauteng-registered BMW X5.

Still shaken by the incident, Garth van Rensburg, who was on his way to Pennington on the south coast, told Weekend Witness he was travelling in the fast lane when he saw the two black BMW X5s “zoom” past.

“It seemed like they were racing each other as they kept dicing in and out of the lane. We flashed our lights at them and took down their registration numbers,” he said.

Van Rensburg said that when the driver of one of the vehicles saw his fiancée write down the registration number, they pulled up behind Van Rensburg’s Audi A4 and put their sirens on.

“We stopped our car and they pulled up behind us. Ten men dressed in casual clothes stepped out of the cars and approached our car,” he said.

While Van Rensburg spoke to the men, his fiancée phoned the police.

“Two of the guys were very polite and explained that they were attending an emergency. They said that this is how they were taught to drive when heading to an emergency,” he said.

However, meanwhile, a woman who was travelling in the BMW in front of Van Rensburg hurled insults at the couple and told the men that they should not waste time speaking to them, but should arrest them.

“She kept swearing at us. She said that we would be arrested if we didn’t shut up and would spend the weekend in jail. At this stage, I became very scared because I thought that they were going to turn violent,” he said.

Van Rensburg spent 15 minutes on the roadside while the men took down his registration number and other details about his vehicle. He was also made to get out of his car while the group inspected it.

“Besides the two polite men, the others were rude and kept staring into our vehicle. We were petrified and thought they were going to harm us. My son was also traumatised,” he said.

Van Rensburg said he was appalled by the attitude of the men and their reckless driving.

Dries Kruger, a holidaymaker from Mpumalanga, was also pushed off the road by the convoy, 20 km from where Van Rensburg pulled over.

“These two cars were probably driving at 200 km/h. You just had to move out the way for them. It’s a miracle nobody crashed.

“This is bloody nonsense. They should obey the law like everyone else. How can they drive so recklessly and endanger the lives of others,” he said.

Kruger pulled over when he saw the Van Rensburgs stopped at the side of the road and offered to be a witness for the couple should they need one.

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