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Blue light shooter not guilty

2012-07-09 12:05

Pietermaritzburg - A bodyguard to KwaZulu-Natal's former social development MEC Meshack Radebe was found not guilty on six charges of attempted murder by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Monday.

Hlanganani Nxumalo was however found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm. His colleague Caiphus Ndlela was found guilty of negligent driving.

The case was adjourned to July 26, when the defence intended calling more witnesses.

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 in the air because the driver of the car in front of him had applied his brakes.

However, the prosecution argued Nxumalo’s decision to fire caused Anuvasen Moodley, the driver of the other vehicle, to lose control of his car and veer 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 the vehicle with flashing blue lights.

The pair were on their way to pick up Radebe from Hillcrest so he could inspect storm damage at Molweni, when the shooting took place.

The case attracted much public attention at the time and saw opposition parties, especially the Democratic Alliance, calling for a ban on the use of blue lights.

In April this year the SA Human Rights Commission called for a review of the guidelines on the use of blue lights.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-07-09 12:09

    Ban Blue Lights now!!!

      deabreu - 2012-07-09 12:26

      Once again, the ANC gets its crooked ways. How sad. The ANC supporters believe that they government is there for THEM, but in fact, the ANC is there for themselves and not for anyone else.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:45

      If he is within the speed limits, both minimum and maximum, why should he give way? and why does this require "warning" shots? Only real EMERGENCY vehicles have right of way. Isnt the law that discharging a firearm at someone unarmed and not directly threatening your life supposed to be attempted murder! I smell a Rat (or something with a Wooden Head)

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-07-09 12:53

      The blue light brigade should be banned. Only emergency services should be allowed to use "give way" lights and sirens. A "blue light" brigade is more associated with a third world dictatorship and gives a very bad public impression.

      procold2 - 2012-07-09 12:54

      another fixed trial,

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:57

      BAN THE ANC NOW!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-09 13:43

      Why were the cops rushing to take Radebe to Molweni when it's about 3 km's from his doorstep, I know, I live about 1km from Radebe in Waterfall, not Hillcrest. He could have jumped in his car and driven there, but he sits and waits for cops from PMB????

      Freddie - 2012-07-09 13:43

      Yet nothing has changed. Minor politicians still speed around in blue light convoys with complete disregard for the safety and wellbeing of others.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-09 14:12

      Self important little Banana Republic politicians and their self important body guards. What the hell does he need a body guard for?

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-07-09 14:22

      To the best of my knowledge, it is illegal to shoot into the air. There is a very big chance that the bullet could hit someone.

      zambezi.river - 2012-07-09 14:23

      Wen u see tha blu light u mus jus move ova! No problem.

  • RabbleRouser - 2012-07-09 12:10

    The blue light VIP brigade are just a bunch of thugs. Despicable bullies dressed in uniform.

      rory.audie - 2012-07-09 12:42

      So was the SS. Gestapo would be proud. Marx introduced it, Hitler implemented it rather well, but EISH! these Africans have picked it up and run with it.....with a running blocker ahead in the form of racism and apartheid to hide behind.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:50

      Firing weapons at someone now rates as "a bully" Gangster and Criminal low life is more accurate.

      thato.loeto.3 - 2012-07-09 13:45

      what is the procedure when you see red/ blue lights coming up behind you??... you simply give them right of way- just let them pass and no one get's shot at.... it's that simple- cut the argument and politics, just follow the RULES of the road... unless if you go your learners from Pick 'n Pay

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 13:49

      @thato, Funny. but I dont remeber anything about guns in my licences, but then I guess this is because Pick n Pay is better run than the ANC is!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-09 14:06

      @thato.loeto.3 - So you trying to justify this barbaric behaviour ?? Eish ! Then again I tend forget , we are dealing with a very primitive species here in S.A !

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-09 14:24

      Thato, I will always quickly give way to an emergency vehicle, but when the vehicle is being driven by a thug who's only reason for being in a hurry is because he's late - then he can struggle in the traffic like the rest of us or he can plan his time better.these buffoons are not important and neither are their bosses important. They are merely public servants doing a job - and if you look around you, you'll see that they're not even doing that properly.

      anthony.denozo.336 - 2012-07-09 15:40

      thato, what about the wannabes that buy the fake LED "Bluelight" from the auto-shop. I have yet to see an MP agree to be driven around in a CitiGolf or a Corsa. And little know it all, the "move over" rule in your learners refes to ambulances, polices vehicles and Firetrucks, in other words EMERGENCY VEHICLES, not some self important MP's vehicle. the storm damage at Molweni would surely have still been there even if he were half an hour later. You need to re-write your Learners, or at least get the refund for yours.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-10 08:44

      A way to go maybe is that to be a registered blue light vehicle it should be fitted with calibrated and authorised sealed tamperproof tachographs.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-09 12:11

    Lock up these bullies. Make an example of them.

  • Laura De La Mare - 2012-07-09 12:15

    So it's now acceptable to fire shots into the air when a car in front of you refuses to move over to let you pass... Power hungry untouchable bullies :-(

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 12:46

      Hlanganani Nxumalo was however found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm. His colleague Caiphus Ndlela was found guilty of negligent driving. Read the article carefully me'dear, and try not to show your bias.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-09 13:01

      It's not safe to discharge a bullet into the air - what goes up must come down - or perhaps these turkeys don't know that. And why do they need to flash blue lights if they are not even carrying the intended passenger? Makes you wonder ... The British Prime Minister catches the tube and rides a bicycle - maybe he's not as important as our MPs? (:-p)

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 13:07

      Hey James, until it is you, then lets see what you have to say! I suggest you familiarise yourself with Firearm laws, then tell me the punishment fits the crime (ATTEMPTED MURDER)

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 13:23

      @sceb Hlanganani Nxumalo was however found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm. Now we await sentencing. The original charge was attempted murder, the court saw fit to find him not guilty on the charge. Were you in the courtroom listning to all the evidence? Are you learned enough in law to come to a different conclusion.

      philip.allebone - 2012-07-09 13:54

      I have a friend who is a cop, and you wont believe the paperwork involved if they use a firearm in the COURSE OF THEIR DUTY, so how this guy can fir warning shots just to get through traffic is beyond me.

      philip.allebone - 2012-07-09 13:57

      @James, yes, actuall some of us ARE that learned in the law. There is definately something odd about the sentencing, the facts are plain. Also i myself have been driven off the road by these very guys in that area, and they are actually bullies on the road.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-09 13:58

      That alone should be enough to put them away. Undisciplined thugs.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-09 14:01

      James, what kind of mind is it that thinks it acceptable to behave like that? Are they not trained how to behave? Where they may and may not discharge a fire arm? The difference between an irritation and a very real threat?

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 14:06

      And he has been found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm, we now await sentencing. My rant is about the people who just read the headline " Blue light shooter not guilty" and jump to conclusions with out reading the full article.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 14:07

      and let the sentence be a suitable deterrant for would be wanabe's

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 14:39

      A point is made about people that do not read. I call for a suitable sentence that would stop this from happening again and immediaty there are 3 thumbs down. A couple of seriously retarded people on this site.

  • Armand - 2012-07-09 12:16

    Negative! Take the case to a higher court?

  • Michael - 2012-07-09 12:20

    bunch of idiots why cant you act in a civil manner and drive at 120kph no respect for tx paying south africans

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-09 14:08

      Evolution left them behind ! Development of the brain never happend to them !

  • victor.windsor - 2012-07-09 12:24

    What a load of Bull !!!!!!!

  • wendy.bertuolo - 2012-07-09 12:25

    How does the fact that they had to fetch the minister justify shooting or even using blue lights? If they knew he had to do an inspection at a certain time they should have allocated enough time to get there the same as any other civilian, then they wouldn't need to rush to get there and would have no excuse for using their blue lights.

  • manningi1 - 2012-07-09 12:25

    Blue lights are not sufficient reason to give way. The siren must also be used.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:55

      If it is that urgent use a helicopter! (or one of the presidents jets)

      anthony.denozo.336 - 2012-07-09 15:44

      The blue light needs to be mounted on the roof like with the police vehicle, way too many drivers out there with the fake "BlueLight". They should also have branding, that way we know you're for real

  • gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-07-09 12:27

    Why didn't Radebe just get into his own friggin car and go inspect the damaged storm drains WTF? Why the need Blue light brigade? Typical - pathetic show of power? Anc sensationalists - they need to ban the Blue Light Brigade!!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 12:56

      Actually they need to re-ban the ANC!!!

  • peter.ellis.37051 - 2012-07-09 12:38

    Dont they have engineers to do that job????

  • trevor.vermaak.3 - 2012-07-09 12:43

    OH OK,WELL DONE ONCE AGAIN BY OUR SO CALLED JUDICIAL SYSTEM,NOW ONE OF THESE FOOLS CAN SHOOT AT US IN THE NEAR FUTURE....SO LOOKING FWD TO THAT!!!! IDIOTS......

  • Oamis - 2012-07-09 12:48

    Licence to kill for not giving way to government officials in speeding convoys .......... WTF, sue these bastards........

  • SARealist - 2012-07-09 12:52

    Strange how only the ANC in SA needs the "BLUE LIGHTS" and drive at high speed pushing you to the side into the yellow lines just to get past. BLUE LIGHTS Need to Go and GO forever. Better route and timing planning would need to be implemented. But that may be where the problem lays.

      clive.wannenburg - 2012-07-09 13:07

      Agreed time managment and better orginization skills would solve most of the blue light problem, but then again I think it is a power status thing.

  • Ronnie - 2012-07-09 12:56

    My question is, Radebe was not aboard this vehicle at the time. Therefor, it was cicilians speeding with a blue light vehicle. How in hell does this judgement add up?

      Ronnie - 2012-07-09 12:57

      Civilians (sorry).

      Mhlonso - 2012-07-09 13:33

      Yes it was the Mafia from cicilia (Sicily of Italy. ANC is like MAFIA anyway.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-09 12:59

    I believe it is illegal to discharge a weapon in a public place? Not so ? Thus, if these hooligans do so and, as a result cause accidents, should they not be held responsible and punished severely? The law in this country appears to be very skewed and DEFINITELY biased. Who was the magistrate/judge? Should he even be a magistrate/judge? What was the hurry anyway?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 13:13

      I recall news and uproar a few years ago. There was a major shortage of Magistrates and so hundreds of Junior Public Prosecuters countrywide were fast-tracked to Magistrates. THIS IS FACT!

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 13:28

      Hlanganani Nxumalo was however found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 13:30

      " I believe it is illegal to discharge a weapon in a public place?" Hlanganani Nxumalo was however found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm Does that answer your question?

      philip.allebone - 2012-07-09 14:00

      It is all very well to say he illegally discharged his weapon, but what about his speediong, his dangerous driving, the issues are a combined problem, not seperate issues, they are avoiding the core problem, which is essentially the misues of the bluelight brigade.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 14:27

      BTW sceb, it is losing, not loosing. Lose is to misplace, loose is not tight e.g your reasoning. Troll

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 15:40

      Thank the Good Lord! My problem is my typing, NOT my thinking.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 15:42

      Sceb again you display your lack of learning to the whole world. Troll

      Johan De Beer - 2012-07-09 19:27

      James, why don't you try to make your point without all the insults? Really unnecessary.

  • ettiene.j.marx - 2012-07-09 13:07

    so how much was the bribe??looks like even judges have their price

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 13:31

      And your evidence is?

      Riaan - 2012-07-09 13:43

      james.bleck<70 Are the accused friends of you? Useless chop

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 14:23

      Nope. Just tired of people making baseless statements.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 15:44

      BTW who uses the word "chop" these days. The ignorant and stupid it seems. Low class Ugh

  • trevor.putterill - 2012-07-09 13:10

    And you had to use blue lights to pick him up idiots

  • badballie - 2012-07-09 13:11

    More proof that the judiciary is as corrupt as the government, I would like the judiciary to please explain in detail how this man is not guilty of all six counts of attempted murder? If one accepts that the law is fairly specific in that simply saying you are going to kill someone is attempted murder, so how can discharging a firearm be any different. Also, and very importantly is that these blue mafia criminals in the vehicle WERE NOT CARRYING A POLITICIAN OR ANC MEMBER CONSIDERED TO BE ON AN ENDANGERED LIST, THEY WERE ONLY GOING TO PICK HIM UP. This on its own denies them the use of blue light status as an excuse and makes the discharge of the firearm an illegal action, and the action is an attempted murder. Also please make a point of inspecting who is in these vehicles as "surprise surprise" a little birdy has informed me that the CIA have local offices as well as military personnel stationed in the country who make use of blue light convoys as well.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 14:25

      From blue lights to the CIA. Paranoid are'nt we?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-10 08:42

      james has quoted some laws he found, and even for all his insults and self ritious arrognace he doesnt seem too comprehend much, or he just cant read. 1)It is illegal to impersonate a police officer and extracted from james document; "Any person who is not an authorised officer or a peace officer shall not act in a way that may create an impression that he or she is an authorised officer or a peace officer or pretend by way of word, action, conduct or demeanour[, pretend] that he or she is an authorised officer or peace officer.’’ 2) the conditions of losing your licence for speeding; in the case of a conviction for an offence, where— (i) a speed in excess of 30 kilometers per hour over the prescribed general speed limit in an urban area was recorded; or (ii) a speed in excess of 40 kilometers per hour over the prescribed general speed limit outside an urban area or on a freeway was recorded;’’ ......and there is a whole lot more, but he has it in his head he is right. So maybe to be a registered blue light vehicle it should be fitted with calibrated and authorised tachographs.

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-07-09 13:14

    Shame on you magistrate you have no balls.

  • faannagel - 2012-07-09 13:22

    Bunch of hooligans and getting away with their barbaric behaviour,thats why nobody's got respect for them..

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-09 13:22

    Pass me the bucket. Bleuuuuurgh, BLEUUUUUUURGHH!

  • Tishan - 2012-07-09 13:31

    Please explain to me what was the urgency to view storm drains. was it life threatening that you had to fire warning shots in the air without thinking about where they will land or who they might hit. court ruling is a disgrace to democracy.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-09 13:38

    I live down the road from Radebe in Waterfall, not Hillcrest. And Molweni is 3km's from his house!!! He could have walked there, hundreds of us rushed to Molweni to assist when we were hit with the storm. He just wanted to arrive with his blue lights flashing so he could look important while the rest of us were cutting people out of their homes and removing the houses that had collapsed on them.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-09 13:50

    Not even great leaders such as Verwoerd, Vorster and PW Potha drove around with blue lights. They ensured that society was disciplined and adhered to the law!

      omrisho.za - 2012-07-09 15:17

      "great leaders" you say

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 16:05

      Go create your volkstaat andre. "Great leaders" lmfao

  • Gavin - 2012-07-09 13:58

    yeh right, this smells like a pile of ANC

  • Linds - 2012-07-09 14:07

    South Africans just love to complain. In Zimbabwe you don't only give way, but you are required to get off the road and stop until the motorcade has passed. I've seen many drivers in SA refusing to give way even to ambulances. If a car breaks down, the driver just leaves it there. They make no attempt to push it off the road. People don't stop on 4-way stops anymore. Pedestrians no longer have the right of way, even on pedestrian crossings. There is just a culture of lawlessness and don't care attitude on the part of South African drivers. That's why there are so many road deaths in SA.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-10 08:50

      So we are a Zimbabwe now are we, no longer comparable to the civilised world?

  • gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-09 14:08

    Moodley must do what the anc is always doing ---appeal, appeal and take it to another court. They didn't mention the magistrate's name did they? He made a bit of an oopsie here. If this is not attempted murder then all they tried to teach us to obtain a valid fire arm license was a joke. I will do the same now to get the taxi drivers out of the way. I hope they will not allow this fool to ever get a license again. But then again he is anc = above normal corruptionists.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 14:53

      And the name is relevant why?

      Linds - 2012-07-09 15:13

      Moodley is a plaintiff in this case (and it’s a criminal case) and therefore cannot appeal; only the prosecution can appeal. Comments such as Gert's prove that majority of commentators here are ignorant about the very subjects they comment on – mostly motivated by hatred for the democratically elected government, almost trying to illegitimatise it.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-09 15:25

      Yes Linds, we are all delusional fanatics driven by hatred, there is absolutely NO corruption in the ANC!

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 15:49

      Not to worry Linds. Sceb is just stupid personified. He lashes out like a child, without knowing what he does. Very insecure, Would like to leave the country but due to the lack of education and age, no western country wants him. So he takes his rage and frustration out on anything that he perceives to be goverment controlled. He makes wild and irrational statements and when confronted by reason he reverts to ad hominem attacks. or else he is a troll

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-10 08:11

      james, you need help dude, you are one really sad excuse for a human being.....

  • Schmee - 2012-07-09 14:27

    At least all the charges were not dropped against both of them. I hope that they do learn a lesson from this but somehow I doubt it.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-09 14:31

    Typical carry through of the blue light attitude so prevalent in the rest of Africa, where politicians regard themselves as gods gift to the nation.

  • Leonard - 2012-07-09 14:50

    if u have followed the story u will know that he wasn't able to move left as he had trucks on his inside. Thus the Blue - Light "forced " him to move via the shots hence him going into oncoming traffic.

  • chimera.ataraxia - 2012-07-09 15:02

    Is there anything in the Law that requires one to give way to these blue light goons?

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 15:50

      hey sceb. can you spell google?

      Linds - 2012-07-09 16:16

      Yes, Section 58 of the National Traffic Act makes provision for such. Secondly, you don't only do things because the law requires you to do so but sometimes you just need to use common sense.

      anthony.denozo.336 - 2012-07-09 16:18

      No , it is not law for government vehicles, it is only law for emergency vehicles[In this case it wasn't an emergency], which these guys are not. These vehicle still have to follow the same rules of the road as they are civilians not police. Also according to the rules of the road, the vehicle has to be give a reasonable opportunity to move out of the way, so if you're stuck between a rock and a hard place, where do you go?

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 16:36

      For all those people that are too lazy to google. www.info.gov.za/view/DownloadFileAction?id=87153 The answer is plain, if you can read and comprehend that is.

      anthony.denozo.336 - 2012-07-09 17:08

      Sorry James, The Blue Light Hooligans are not adhering to the Act, This clause is repeated twice: "(a) he or she shall drive the vehicle concerned with due regard to the safety of other traffic;"

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-10 08:20

      So far I found this in the Act you have mentioned.... "Any person who is not an authorised officer or a peace officer shall not act in a way that may create an impression that he or she is an authorised officer or a peace officer or pretend by way of word, action, conduct or demeanour[, pretend] that he or she is an authorised officer or peace officer.’’; ....but I will keep looking

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-10 08:28

      I also found the part about having your licence revoked ....... by the insertion in subsection (1) after paragraph (a) of the following paragraph: ‘‘(aA) section 59(4), in the case of a conviction for an offence, where— (i) a speed in excess of 30 kilometers per hour over the prescribed general speed limit in an urban area was recorded; or (ii) a speed in excess of 40 kilometers per hour over the prescribed general speed limit outside an urban area or on a freeway was recorded;’’ ......but I will keep looking!

  • chimera.ataraxia - 2012-07-09 15:06

    Another nail in the coffin of civil society. The only question remaining is not when the death occurred, but who bought the tender to supply the nails and wood for the coffins.

  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-07-09 15:09

    Disgusting, another Zuma in the making.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-09 15:14

    Why must we give way to the blue light idiots they not the police, ambulance or fire department. They only important in there own eyes my destination is just has important has there's and I would like to get there alive

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-09 15:46

    @Linds. You sound like your avatar parroting anc rubbish. Democracy is marvellous but how many of the millions of illiterate and ill informed would continue to vote for this excuse for a govt if they were not just that and not promised all sorts of pie in the sky. No matter WHAT you say we all know the answer.

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-07-09 16:12

      I do not know the answer. Please enlightten me

      Linds - 2012-07-09 16:34

      @Don, we need to reject the so received wisdom that the ANC supporters are black, poor and illiterate souls who can neither think for themselves nor make their own decisions. You cannot make such accusations without producing evidence. It is not only patently untrue, but also derogatory and based on false racial superiority. The ANC was founded by intellectuals and ecclesiastical people. To this day, many highly educated intellectuals remain in the ANC. Eminent people of all races around the world supported the ANC in one way or the other. Many still do.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-10 08:53

      @Linds ...and many support the Taliban, gadafi, Hitler etc too. That makes them right?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-09 17:19

    These bluelight are soles.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-07-09 19:17

    I just saw the coverage on TV news. He was laughing in court.

  • sheda.habib - 2012-07-09 20:09

    If they get away with this then our legal system is CORRUPT

  • jones.mkandawire - 2012-07-09 20:28

    Congratulations guys and hopefully there be considerable liniency in yoursentencing.. Hope this sets an example for those who tend to boast on the road, as if they own it, to never hold up other road users

  • jenny.caalse - 2012-07-09 21:08

    Just goes to show that even the NPA is as corrupt as the goverment for the simple fact that they can condone an ex criminal the xcuse to use a firearm to intimidate people on the pretence that they have to pick up some idiot because he is late for a meeting

  • don.quioxte.3 - 2012-07-10 08:33

    @ Linds. All you say is perfectly true. A very large portion of that vote, and not all of them rural, unfortunately remain gullible enough to qualify my statement.

      Linds - 2012-07-10 16:32

      @Don, is the converse also true - that DA supporters are white, racist (who believe that African people cannot govern or do any good, with the exception of Madiba and Tutu) and still nostalgic of apartheid?

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