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Blue light incident: Cop, driver fined

2012-07-26 16:51

Johannesburg - A police officer and blue light driver were fined R12 000 and R 3000 respectively by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Thursday.

Magistrate Chris van Vuuren imposed a fine of R12 000 or four years in jail on Hlanganani Nxumalo, who was found guilty of illegally discharging a firearm.

He was also given a four-year suspended sentence.

Caiphas Ndlela, who was found guilty of negligent driving, was fined R3 000 or two years in jail plus a two-year suspended sentence.

On 9 July, Nxumalo, a bodyguard to KwaZulu-Natal's former social development MEC Meshack Radebe, was found not guilty on six charges of attempted murder.

The charges related to an accident in which six people were injured on the N3 highway near Durban, in November 2008.

Nxumalo claimed during his trial that he fired warning shots into the air because the driver of the car in front of him had slowed down.

The prosecution argued Nxumalo's decision to fire caused the driver, Anuvasen Moodley, to lose control of his car.

It veered across the highway into oncoming traffic, colliding with a bakkie.

Nxumalo and his co-accused insisted the accident was caused by Moodley's refusal to give way to their blue-light vehicle.

Van Vuuren said this was "bullying" as if to say, "get out of the way of blue light escorts".

He found that Ndlela had driven recklessly and negligently.

There was no state of emergency and because a minister was late was no excuse for putting other travellers at risk.

He said while it was impossible not to be aware of the public's anger at blue light escorts' conduct, he would not be persuaded by public sentiment and punish Nxumalo and Ndlela for the deeds of their colleagues.

Both had children to support and were under pressure to drive quickly to pick up the MEC, but this did not justify reckless driving and firing a weapon.

Ndlela's counsel, advocate Jan du Plessis, applied for leave to appeal against his conviction, but Van Vuuren said he did not believe another court could make a different finding.

Comments
  • Hannes Truter - 2012-07-26 16:56

    Bafoons!!!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-07-27 02:36

      Fired warning shots because he slowed down in front of him??? Whatever happened to flashing and hooting? FIRING SHOTS? What is this a western movie? The matrix? Unbelievable...

  • andre.marx - 2012-07-26 17:10

    Give Chris van Vuuren a BELLS!!

      mark.canthaylett - 2012-07-26 18:46

      Make that a case he desirves it well done Chris van Vuuren

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-26 17:15

    They should have lost their job! Take this to civil court and sue the pants off him!

  • kim.buren - 2012-07-26 17:18

    Who is paying this fine? ANC??

      Erna - 2012-07-26 17:59

      They don't pay their fines!

  • henniedotvanstaden - 2012-07-26 17:19

    and Jan du Plessis vinegar. I still believe they got of to light, but it is magistrates decision and is correct.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-26 17:25

    One day these clowns will pull their Banana Republic tricks on the wrong person, and they'll wake up (if they wake up) wondering what the hell happened.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-26 17:43

    The magistrate specified that there is public anger at blue light brigades. So it has been acknowledged in court. It has been acknowledged by the provincial governments, with the western cape government already taking action by restricting the brigades. It has already made headlines on at least half a dozen occasions, the most notable being the thomas ferreira incident. And YET, the national government does nothing. We have a bunch of stubborn, arrogant people running this country. They are also in the process of condoning speeding by government officials by doing away with their traffic fines. Do these idiots not realise that they are treating the electorate with such disdain? Will it take the death of a civilian to make them see sense? I doubt it. The only language that they understand is mass action or mass reduction of votes at the next election.

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-26 18:16

      Trouble is, Vernon. The electorate are a bunch of one-brain-cell sheep. Every day we read of/hear about protests for one thing or another but when it comes to election time ........... baaaaa baaaaaa baaaaa!

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-26 18:51

      I think that the main reason is that there are about 15 million people or more on state welfare. The tiny sum that they get every month means the world to them. And they only got that after 1994. So to them, any other party in power may mean their welfare money being taken away. This is not so much being led by the nose as being conned/bullied into selling their votes for a livelihood. And, putting myself in their shoes, I cannot blame them. And then there are 4 million Cosatu members. The less said about them the better.

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-26 17:45

    Good work by the court. We don't want these thugs on our roads.

  • Billy - 2012-07-26 17:47

    how does R3000 equal 2 years in prison? this blue light rubbish must stop, any and all persons using this when its not a case of life and death should be fined/jailed

      frikdt - 2012-07-26 19:05

      Exactly what I've been wondering. Obviously they'll pay the fines and effectively walk away unpunished. Another victory for justice...

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-07-26 17:50

    a slap on the wrist! pathetic! these thugs should have gone to jail for attempted murder, intimidation, and taking the law into their own hands.

  • Erna - 2012-07-26 17:56

    New road rule - if someone slows down in front of you, shoot.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-26 18:14

    Best news I've heard for a long time. The sooner blue lights are banned and MPs are made solely responsible for ALL traffic offenses the better this country will be. These bast**ds must be thrown to the wolves!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-26 18:21

    If any legally licensed civilian gun owner discharged their gun illegally, they would loose both the firearm and the license! So what's different with this clown? Just a fine instead!

  • mark.canthaylett - 2012-07-26 18:44

    This is great news. Now for the rest of them. Who the hell do they think they are? They should try and be on time for once and stop being late all the time. You get paid enough so why not get a new watch so you are not late anymore. This blue light brigade should be made illegal as lights and sirens are only supposed to be use for emergency vehicles and not for being late for an appointment. It is time this country wakes up and sees how we are being used and abused by the government and it pawns.

  • John - 2012-07-26 18:55

    Yay. Its about time someone put these thugs in their place. They forget that they are the SERVANTS of the PEOPLE not their MASTERS as these thugs behaviour tends to portray. Even the MINISTER is a public SERVANT. He or she needs to take responsibility for the actions of their thugs. Why is the MINISTER always LATE for a MEETING? What an utter load of hogwash. We the PEOPLE have precisely the same problems.

  • John - 2012-07-26 19:07

    Yay. Its about time someone put these thugs in their place. They forget that they are the SERVANTS of the PEOPLE not their MASTERS as these thugs behaviour tends to portray. Even the MINISTER is a public SERVANT. He or she needs to take responsibility for the actions of their thugs. Why is the MINISTER always LATE for a MEETING? What an utter load of hogwash. We the PEOPLE have precisely the same problems.

  • John - 2012-07-26 19:08

    Yay. Its about time someone put these thugs in their place. They forget that they are the SERVANTS of the PEOPLE not their MASTERS as these thugs behaviour tends to portray. Even the MINISTER is a public SERVANT. He or she needs to take responsibility for the actions of their thugs. Why is the MINISTER always LATE for a MEETING? What an utter load of hogwash. We the PEOPLE have precisely the same problems.

  • John - 2012-07-26 19:08

    Yay. Its about time someone put these thugs in their place. They forget that they are the SERVANTS of the PEOPLE not their MASTERS as these thugs behaviour tends to portray. Even the MINISTER is a public SERVANT. He or she needs to take responsibility for the actions of their thugs. Why is the MINISTER always LATE for a MEETING? What an utter load of hogwash. We the PEOPLE have precisely the same problems.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-26 20:18

      These people are just plain flat footed policeman with motor cars. Have you seen how they open the doors of the cars they drive. They almost break the hinges off. If he did that to my cars doors I would klap him.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-07-26 19:12

    Pathetic sentences! Those blue light morons will NEVER gain my respect!

  • Andre - 2012-07-26 19:25

    And what about being unfit to own or handle a firearm?

  • reubenk3 - 2012-07-26 19:29

    this should teach other bodyguards to obey the rules of the road too, the judge was too lenient, he should have given the accused a life sentence, we are tired of officials who do as they please with public funds, and now the roads, don't they ever get tired?

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-26 19:40

    Cannot understand w.t.f. is up with these people. Why do they think they are that important that they are above the law or respect for their fellow human beings. Do you see the president of the United States' security detail do that, no! So if you are the security detail for a MEC in some banana republic, what makes you so important?

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-26 20:21

      Because You are a main banana eater. the trouble with them is they are non believers In good behaviour

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-26 20:13

    Will these two ANC fools still be allowed to transport the minister? then ANC ministers lives cant be worth much!

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-26 20:25

    These things in those cars are scum of the earth....demented apes that are worth Nothing when they take their uniforms off and pack their guns away. The world laughs at you!

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-26 20:43

      But I sometimes wonder, does one not have the pride in one's job to say "Damn, I did a good job today. I protected my employer against some real DANGER today." Not harass the ass off law abiding citizens and shoot at them. What if they decide to shoot back. Will you be able to stand the heat?

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-27 07:25

    Well that's a kick in the pants for every law abiding citizen in this country. Certainly tells you what the government really thinks about you.

  • deon.vantonder.77 - 2012-07-27 08:11

    And what about the minister, he should also be fined or suspended, without pay. They were " following" orders. The minister aresehole knew what they were doing was wrong.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-07-27 09:20

    Being convicted of ANY offenses regarding illegal use of a firearm leads to automatic banning of the convicted from owning or being in possession of a firearm. How comes this CHOP is still employed as a blue light thug and carries a firearm?

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