N3 cop shooter found

2013-10-14 00:00

THE news that the mysterious blue light cop who allegedly fired shots at him on the N3 on Tuesday last week has finally been identified, is scant consolation to the victim.

The cop turned out to be a member of Umgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee’s VIP protection team. The officer has been suspended, pending the investigation into the matter.

According to a statement released, the officer reported the incident to the Pinetown police station on Friday and is expected to hand himself over to the investigating officer today.

The municipality issued an official statement at the weekend, saying that Bhamjee was travelling in a different vehicle and did not see the incident, which happened behind him.

The statement also said that the officer had been suspended from the municipality with immediate effect, pending the finalisation of the official investigation.

When contacted to ask when he came to know of the incident, Bhamjee referred all queries to municipal manager Sbu Khuzwayo, who he said was the municipality’s spokesperson on the matter.

Khuzwayo said the incident only came to the mayor’s and municipality’s attention on Thursday. The arrangements for the officer to hand himself over were finalised on Friday.

The incident took place on Tuesday, when a terrified Wynand (24), who fears intimidation and has asked that his surname be withheld, was allegedly shot at five times by an officer. This was allegedly for not moving away from the path of the fast-moving entourage. Wynand said he could not change lanes because there was another vehicle blocking his way.

He reported the incident and without much information available, authorities were scrutinising N3 traffic camera footage to identify the alleged VIP Protection bullies.

Yesterday Wynand said although he is relieved, he can’t help looking over his shoulder, and will probably only breathe normally again when the perpetrator is behind bars.

“My fiancée now refuses to come to Durban to visit me.

“In May this year we were hijacked in Amanzimtoti. I had my car only for a week, but when the guys held guns to our heads I said they must just take the car and leave us. So I can understand that my girlfriend doesn’t want to come here anymore.”

He was informed on Friday by the investigating officer that a member of the VIP unit will be handing himself over.

Khuzwayo said given that the matter has been reported to the South African Police Services, the municipality will allow for the law to take its course.

“Internal investigations on the circumstances surrounding this incident are currently underway to determine the next course of action,” he said.

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