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Blue light accident hidden - DA

2012-06-04 16:02

Johannesburg - The reported cover-up of a blue-light accident involving two of Gauteng health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe's security staff was shocking, the Democratic Alliance said.

The accident allegedly happened on July 15 last year when Mekgwe's staff drove into another car in Boksburg while using blue lights on the way to the airport to fetch Mekgwe, the Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

"The driver of the MEC's vehicle at the time and his companion should be charged and disciplined immediately," said Gauteng safety spokesperson Kate Lorimer.

She said it was unacceptable the two men were apparently using blue lights to get to the airport since Mekgwe's arrival time would have been known in advance.

"What makes matters worse is that it seems the docket has gone missing."

The accident had taken place, said health department spokesperson Simon Zwane.

"It was an accident, yes. The MEC was not in the car. There was nothing untoward and the accident was reported to the police, and to the insurance company," he said.

Lorimer said Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Gauteng's MECs should start taking responsibility for the way their security staff behaved.

Blue-light abuse needed to be curbed, especially following the injury of Thomas Ferreira in November last year, she said.

Ferreira was knocked off his motorbike, allegedly by Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's official vehicle, sustaining head injuries and spending weeks in a coma.

He now has improved use of his right arm and leg, which were broken in the accident.

The driver of the blue-light vehicle, Joseph Modomai Semietjie, a member of the police's VIP unit, would be criminally prosecuted, and disciplined internally.

Comments
  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-06-04 16:09

    They should be disciplined/charged!

      eil33nn - 2012-06-04 16:16

      Everyona abusing their emergency lights should be charged

      Koos - 2012-06-04 16:18

      As a high ranking governmental ANC official told me: “Policies and procedures are open to interpretation.” Of course that statement is mind boggling but this is how they operate and they don’t like to be told or shown that they “can’t”. They are the new masters after all.

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 16:55

      "What makes matters worse is that it seems the docket has gone missing." Not exactly an all time first - but not a bad option in a country that has absolutely no respect for criminal procedure and evidence ...

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-04 16:55

      WTF is a Gauteng Health MEC doing with two security staff members anyway? PEOPLE ARE BEING MURDERED and RAPED WHILST THIS THIEVES ARE RIDING AROUND IN BMW WITH CRAZY PROTECTION. CRIME DOES PAY! ANIMALS!

      Godfrey - 2012-06-04 16:56

      Only when the top shows disciplen and respect for public property will the rest learn to do the same.

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-04 16:56

      CONDOM COMRADES DON'T NEED PROTECTION! THEY NEED TO BE THROWN AWAY!

      bill.vanzyl - 2012-06-04 17:44

      Funny how junior politicians, including provincial level MECs and mayors and the like in South africa need VIP protection squads and blue light convoys. You do not find the same kind of blue-lighted abuse happening in The UK, or Australia, or New Zealand, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, or most anywhere else. Yep, the President of the USA gets this kind of treatment although not at speeds that are dangerous to all and sundry, not even Hilary Clinton gets a blue light escort as Secretary of State. Our over-important gravy train riders seem to think they are more important than any of the mere civilians who pay the taxes that keep them in their X5s.... This is Banana Republic stuff and we need to take care or the world will consider us as such.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-04 16:09

    Animal Farm

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-04 16:47

      Shm. A STATE THAT HIDES THE TRUTH, IS A STATE AFRAID OF IT'S PEOPLE... John.F.Kennedy! VIVA DA!

      Adam - 2012-06-04 16:57

      The anc is going to be our official opposition very soon if they carry on this way. I actually wonder if they would cope as official opposition. I suppose we will find out soon. They are not more equal than any others. It does not take brains to walk on two legs, and are two legs really better than four??

      thato.tutubala.5 - 2012-06-04 23:44

      All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others- George Orwell

  • Paul - 2012-06-04 16:10

    Charge the Buggers, put them away and get responsible drivers!!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-04 16:18

    "What makes matters worse is that it seems the docket has gone missing." Sigh...

      Travis - 2012-06-04 18:22

      Anything can be convieniently lost at the right price with our police and justice system. I cant even remember when last we had a Chief of Police that wasnt a ciminal.

  • farmfreund - 2012-06-04 16:23

    Give a Fool power then you will see his real colour.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-06-04 16:27

    hence the reason why i previously stated that these officials vehicles should be taken away , and they are given corolla's , but let joe soap from the public ride into an officals vehicle and he will be thrown with the book ,for reckless driving,the docket dissapearing does not surprise me as sumone mad some chocho

  • Darra - 2012-06-04 16:32

    Why protect criminality? Why protect abuse? How long are we expected as a people to accept the criminal protection of evil, of mediocrity, of being shifty and crooked. The drivers need to be hung and quartered. But so must their boss.... and those who trashed the docket! Indeed all those who knew what transpired and assisted in the cover-up are criminals. Lets see your dignity mr president!Demand that Justice be done! Not your job? The buck stops there!....on your head!

      Pt - 2012-06-04 23:59

      The ANC have no regard for the poor

  • Frank - 2012-06-04 16:38

    Most of these so called "VIPs" shouldn't be given blue light accompaniment. The money can surely be better spent on the poor rather than inflating their already overinflated egos even further.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-04 17:05

      True, that's taxi drivers next demand - they'll all want blue lights

  • braamc - 2012-06-04 16:47

    That cANCer is in there genes

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-04 16:51

    Its about time. These guys need to start answering for there criminal behavior on our public roads. Who gives them the right to put our lives in danger.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-04 17:02

      Zuma gives them the right... Look at his track record lol

  • theprodigy.brian - 2012-06-04 16:58

    ANC very important dictators

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-04 17:00

    Why is this shocking or surprising? This type of behaviour and rape of our laws and justice system has become the norm in SA

  • Charnelle - 2012-06-04 17:01

    Docket goes missing, all is swept under the carpet. Conveniently.

  • Oom - 2012-06-04 17:05

    This is a dictatorship...or should I say, we are treated as if it is. This is absolute madness, who could ever be in such a hurry that they can put our lives on the line..? They have far too much power which they are abusing at the cost of us, the taxpaying citizens. It’s rubbish, but what can we do about it..??? NOTHING..! because they are a power unto themselves. Only the opposition parties in parliament can help by being the voice of the people who have had enough of this bunch of bullies, and the constant abuse of their power, with little or no consequences..I say vote for another party, other than the ANC. Find a voice that talks for you, us..the people who care...not just the comrades..!

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-04 17:10

    I'm presuming the new law where you lose you license automatically for wreckless or drunken driving doesn't apply to blue lights and taxi's???

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 17:29

      Get your head right, a blue light amounts to diplomatic immunity in the new SA. What is it about the new SA that you do not understand - or are you just another obnoxious malcontent? 'Absolute power corrupts, absolutely' was a lesson I was taught in history at school. Never thought I would witness it in my own lifetime though ....

  • evert.vaneeden - 2012-06-04 17:20

    I always see some Big Official with his bluelight convoy on the N1 doing at least 160km. Why is my question. I mean there lives can't always be in danger. The chances for them to day from heart problems is higher. Why must they drive huge SUV's? Drive a citi golf and no-one will even know it's a official. The other thing is being late! If you going to be late just give them a call saying that your going to be late. I really think that being late is better than sitting in a ambulance on your way to hospital.

      zybt99 - 2012-06-04 17:27

      Driving at 160kms an hour is starndard protocol all over the world. Its not the speed that is the issue but bad administration and over zealous security guards.

      christo.evangelou.1 - 2012-06-04 18:01

      @zybt99. Driving at 160kph is not standard protocol around the world. Nor are our security drivers world class. Having been witness to world class training provided by some agencies we are sorely lacking not only the vehicle control skills but the mental skills to conduct the convoys safely. The lights sould only be used if there is a genuine perceived threat and even then with due care. The instructors that I have been in contact wwith at the police college agree that a large part of the problem is illegal instructions being given by the VIP.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-04 22:39

      @Evert, maybe it is time that some of these useless tax stealing bastards do lost their lives whilst in their blue light brigade, maybe then will start to respect the normal road user too!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-06-04 17:20

    It won't be long before an incident involving the blue light brigade will be caught in a mob justice scenario. It is waiting to happen, and when it does there will be no sympathy for them.

      Scouter - 2012-06-04 20:29

      The very same thought has gone through my mind - when it inevitably does happen, I think it is likely to be a very ugly scene.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-04 17:27

    Last year in march, my husband (a photographer) narrowly missed being hit by an unmarked car - with a civilian number plate. The driver of the unmarked car was an armed metro policeman. He went through a red light and was traveling at at least 100kmh. He lost control and hit a garden wall which was badly damaged. He syffered a broken arm. This incident was reported to the Linden police and we made it known that we had photos of the incident. The police never called us to provide them with photos or evidence. The whole incident was swept under the carpet. Nice! He could have killed someone.

  • jayde.potgieter - 2012-06-04 17:46

    FOOLS

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-06-04 17:53

    This is one of the so many reasons the great nelson Mandela didn't put the south african economy in black's people hands when he took the union buildings office in 1994, I applaud the great madiba's vision for leaving the crucial government sectors in the right hands because we black people we are lacking the administration skills. We can't even run a spaza shop but we are dreaming of running a economy of a country which has got more than 50 million people, just look at the state of our country and the minister's,MEC's and our current leadership and tell me if I'm wrong.

      Aubrey - 2012-06-04 18:07

      My friend that is a profound statment. Yhave hit the nail on the head.

      shaun.usher.7 - 2012-06-04 20:25

      Though it is not a matter of skin colour but just one of education and training.

      Andrew - 2012-06-04 20:56

      Keith. You've put yourself down. Just because the ANC are like this doesn't black people are like this. They've been in power to long. Time for change, that's all. Let's rotate government.

  • Aubrey - 2012-06-04 18:04

    The arrogance of these people leaves me cold. Just who do they really think they are. This happens when you have someone with no mentality or breeding.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-06-04 19:04

    They drive like maniacs. The Queen of England doesn't have as many security guards as these rediculous MPs who are speeding because they are late for lunch blah blah blah...

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-04 19:11

    This country gets more disgraceful every day but not to worry the wheel turns.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-04 19:14

    Quite right keith change happened too quickly.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-04 20:23

    These peckerheads driving these VIP's (Very Important Pricks) must f*ck off and die!! Bunch a c*nts!!

  • Andrew - 2012-06-04 21:02

    Search zille's car and you find she drives a Toyota herself. Search any ANC MP and you find a R3 million rand convoy. See the picture.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-04 22:28

    Bless you should have laid a charge.Have you heard of IOU(its on us) on facebook go check it out you can post traffic violations on that site and they follow it up,what a pleasure.

  • Rob - 2012-06-04 22:30

    What is everyone's problem here? Why not give all anc officials blue light convoys and challenge them to drive as fast as possible. Remember, speed kills.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-04 22:44

      @Critcallyhonest, they so stupid, they will fail at killing themselves too, and then afterwards they will blame it on apartheid.

      gngaleka - 2012-06-05 02:37

      Nicolas seemingly the word stupid was an integral part of your nurturing since you possible can't comment without sleeping it in.

      gngaleka - 2012-06-05 02:37

      Nicolas seemingly the word stupid was an integral part of your nurturing since you possible can't comment without sleeping it in.

  • Pt - 2012-06-04 23:57

    Western Cape Govt seems to manage without the blue light brigade. Why cant the rest of the country conform to the same level of driving etiquette?

  • Gilad - 2012-06-05 02:58

    these garbage bags are taxis with disco lights, they should not be alllowed on our roads

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-05 05:50

    dockets always go missing thats why it should be electronic and as it goes into the computer it goes live everywhere then they cant steal dockets... PLUS whats new Blue LIGHT murders thats what they are murderers

  • Fredster - 2012-06-05 07:56

    Why a blue light brigade? if they plan their meeting properly and stick to protocol like everyone else, they should not need it

  • Abdul - 2012-06-05 08:12

    The answer to bad driving.....wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Stephen - 2012-06-05 08:13

    How can these officials think they are so important when they are nothing but stupid,useless,inept,corrupt and deceitful wastes of space and oxygen : in short, a typical ANC politician.........bottom line.

  • rory.hewitt2 - 2012-06-05 08:15

    What I would like to see is the actual stats around the blue light brigade, how many "attacks" have there been against them (if any) so that we can try to understand what they are so afraid of and if all this expense is in any way warranted? Are there really that many threats?

  • Phil - 2012-06-05 10:09

    When is this Government ever going to grow up and take responsibility for the ill-discipline of the "blue light brigade "? It just goes on and on and very little happens to the offenders,

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-23 10:18

    What's new? These arrogant 'people' are getting away with murder - not acceptable!

  • Philip Potgieter - 2013-07-17 19:28

    charge all for attempted murder and reckless driving, remember the law is for all, and no one is above it, anc or not, the world laughs at us

  • Philip Potgieter - 2013-07-17 19:32

    no one is above the law, all should be charged with attempted murder as driving a red light thinking you above the law, is attempted murder. they have no respect or feeling for other human life, the citizens

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