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Top journalist killed in blue light crash

2012-04-16 23:28

Mtubatuba - A well known and respected journalist and a VIP protection officer were killed in a head-on collision in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday evening.

Tim Ncube, a seasoned journalist in radio, TV and print media was killed when the driver of a blue light vehicle, part of a cavalcade escourting King Goodwill Zwelithini from his Nongoma palace to a Richards Bay hospital, crashed head-on into Ncube on the N2.

The driver was reported to have been attempting to overtake another vehicle.

The accident took place in a 60-80km/h zone near the township of Kwamsane. It is unclear if both or one vehicle was speeding, however the extent of the wreckage of both vehicles was extensive.

According to SAPS Kwamsane spokesperson Jabulani Mdletshe,  the VIP vehicle was a fair distance from King Zwelithini's vehicle at the time of the accident.

"The king and his lead and back vehicle were ahead of the third VIP protection vehicle involved in the collision. The king was being transported to hospital."

Mdletshe said the driver of the VIP vehicle was reportedly catching up to the official cavalcade, and tried to overtake at which point he lost control and collided head-on into the oncoming traffic.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the vehicle which the deceased VIP officer tried to overtake may have reacted negatively leading to the officer losing control of the vehicle.

Ncube and the VIP officer were declared dead on the scene.

A third vehicle crashed into the accident. Three other people were injured.

According to officials on the scene either part or all of Zwelithini's remaining cavalcade returned to the scene. It is unclear if Zwelithini did too.

It is unknown for what reason the Zulu king was being transported to hospital.

Comments
  • piet.makwas - 2012-04-16 23:49

    I feel for the innocent, but I don't care for the other party. It would be nice if they could all drive into tree trunks or fly over bridges or something of that nature and all die instead of the innocent people!!!

      Poloyatonky - 2012-04-17 17:18

      Former prime ministers also had them....cant remember anyone complaining

      phillip.havenga - 2012-04-17 19:18

      And Polotwat sticks their useless head out of the sand.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-04-16 23:51

    Quick....lets change that lunch date to a trip to the hospital... that way it wont sound that bad (but we were actually speeding for no real reason)..pfft

      Robert - 2012-04-17 08:26

      Agreed! It was so serious they had rush to hospital but there was still time to organise a convoy...???

      Schmee - 2012-04-17 12:58

      Tend to agree with you. If he was being rushed to hospital some journalist would have been sniffing around to find out what's wrong. I don't see any reports.

      Poloyatonky - 2012-04-17 16:58

      another one of those who came to our country thinks he is smater than us

      phillip.havenga - 2012-04-17 19:19

      Polotwat at least we aren't hiding behind fake names and profiles.

      drifter.sa - 2012-04-17 19:50

      yea, it was so urgent that they could all turn around and go back to the accident? Mind boggling stuff!

  • Koos - 2012-04-16 23:55

    Pity the king is not the dead one. What makes him so special? Does he get someone to wipe his @ for him too?

      israel.khumalo - 2012-04-17 00:12

      Koos are you human? Go back to the cave cow.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 12:47

      @Koos - Why wish the guy dead? Disturbing that your comments get over 400 thumbs up. @Ditirio ... 'the night of long knives?'. You're a nice chap for sure.

  • Nick - 2012-04-16 23:55

    Another sad and pointless loss of life at the hands of the blue light brigade. I really feel for his family. As for the other deceased............

      Marion - 2012-04-17 00:12

      Khini - Sincere condolences to you and your family.

      Sharon - 2012-04-17 00:13

      @ Khini - so sorry for your loss... People don't realise that the family may see the pics, it is very insensitive for them to post them - I remember a lady whose son died on 9/11, she said each time they showed the planes hit the buildings, it was as if her son died all over again.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 00:21

      Hi Khini... Utmost and heartfelt apologies and condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a great man and his legend will live on as a remarkable journalist. I'm sorry that you had to hear the news this way. You and your family must be shattered :(. Its very insensitive of people to be posting photos especially when its not the way you wish to remember your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family during this trying time. May you find peace knowing that God required another angel to help him by his side and that not only is your dad an angel now but he will from now on forever be walking right by your side ;). Be strong xx

      Liam - 2012-04-17 00:29

      Khini, sincere condolences from me. May your family have peace in a difficult time.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 00:38

      @ Marion... I wonder who the psychotic person is who is choosing dislike on our posts of sympathy and condolences. Propbably the insensitive prick who posted the facebook pics...! If he or she doesn't appreciate our posts for what they are worth why not say something to us directly as opposed to choosing dislike. Typical coward who can only click dislike with much thanks to the capacitiy and ability of their numbskull dumbwit intellect.

      khini.zulu - 2012-04-17 00:42

      I cnt even sleep,when will the sun come up? I cnt believe all this,i lost a friend,inspiration i lost everything in him.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 00:55

      @ Khini... Shame my sweetheart :( I wish all of us on this post could make it all better for you and take all your pain away :(.. The sun will shine again dear and it will shine stronger and brighter because you have a loved one behind it ensuring it will always shine down on you. Cry my dear. Cry as loud and hard as you want to .. Scream if you must.. Do anything but never ask why and lose your faith. Things happen for a reason. At the time we may not always know why and nothing makes sense but oneday all of the answers will come to you ;)... Add me on FB if you need a shoulder ;).. Take it easy and take good care of yourself. Be strong for others and allow others to be strong for you. Night night my new friend xx

      Warren - 2012-04-17 05:04

      @ khini...sorry for your loss. The pictures you mention may be unpleasant for you but I'd think your father would want them published. Firstly he was a journalist and as such he'd believe in people knowing the truth no matter how unpalatable. Secondly if he knew the pictures somehow had an impact (which they very well might) which saved an innocent person or even ended this blue-light madness, then his passing may not be in vain.

      Mesulie Vince' Ntombela - 2012-04-17 06:31

      @Khini im so sorry, please accept my condolences. @Chantele I don't know you but after reading your comments, I think i have an idea what kind of a person you are. Im touched, please don't ever change...you have a good heart.

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-04-17 07:07

      khini zulu, you are a troll and the deceased is not your dad...

      Marion - 2012-04-17 07:53

      @raegen.mcreed - And you know this for a fact?

      Antipoaching - 2012-04-17 08:04

      Khini condolences for your loss.......

      Jacqui - 2012-04-17 11:17

      Khini, my condolences to you and your family.

      Derek - 2012-04-17 11:20

      Deepest condolences Khini. Another good South African needlessly killed!

      Nick - 2012-04-17 17:20

      Khini, my sincerest condolences, I really hope that he lived his life to the fullest, and that he was an awesome father to you! I also hope that his death will help bring light to the blue light brigade menace that is plaguing everyone, it has to stop! Not that that will bring closure for you, but I hope in some small way that it helps :)

  • Marion - 2012-04-17 00:10

    May they RIP. Sincere condolences to their friends and family.

      Bonga - 2012-04-17 00:25

      Marion I would love to know what might be wrong with your comment for some fool to give you a thumbs down for it.

      goldwright - 2012-04-17 00:33

      Bonga, I was just thinking that with a couple of other comments that have got thumbs down, so I'm glad I'm not the only one wondering why people give thumbs down to someone expressing their condolences. Fools and trolls with little heart will do that unfortunately.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 00:41

      Why are people choosing dislike on this comment? Are you mentally disturbed to click dislike on someone's post about condolences. Play elsewhere you little misfits.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 00:48

      Bonga

      bluzulu - 2012-04-17 06:53

      Very Sad however avoidable incident, Unfortunately for RSA these collisions are a daily Occurrence.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-17 11:18

      Bonga, maybe they don't know what RIP mean.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 12:04

      Maybe they don't like the fact that I gave my condolences to the families of both deceased. Or maybe it's just those who dislike based on person commenting rather than content of comment?

      Schmee - 2012-04-17 13:03

      Hmmmmm I'm trying very hard to be a nice person but somehow I only seem to care about the journalist. Maybe tomorrow I'll find pity for the VIP protection guy.

  • goldwright - 2012-04-17 00:12

    Those in "power" and "leadership" positions are the very people who should be setting an example to the public, but it seems they only care for themselves, and regard the rest of us people on the roads as lower class citizens with little rights. Sad. Condolences to Mr Ncube's family.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 00:30

      I agree akaRags... They just have it all so easy :(... I once on purpose held up the President and his blue light sidekicks and being an BMW advanced driver trainer I squished one of the blue lights into oncoming traffic intentionally and held him in that space until he backed down...! It was 15 minutes later and the helicopter was circling above my house in an intimidating threatening manner. My nerves literally killed me. They left after a while but clearly got their message across.. They have the power to intimidate, command, demand and right of way. It makes me feel sick to the bone. Condolences to the Ncube friends and family. My you find peace and calm in this tragic time. Xx

      piet.strydom - 2012-04-17 04:01

      @Chantelle - Shame on you. Read the article, you will see it is exactly your kind of behaviour that got Ncube killed.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 08:06

      Chantelle, like most people I disapprove of the blue light brigades and consider them a menace on our roads, but based on what you just said you could have been the cause of an accident in which people died. 'I squished one of the blue lights into oncoming traffic intentionally and held him in that space until he backed down.' Please don't create situations where we may read a similar article involving you on News24.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-17 11:21

      Chantelle, imagine while your ego was driving your car, you killed innocent people. Your actions is nothing to be proud of.

      Ditiro - 2012-04-17 11:56

      this chantelle bmw advanced driver trainer is an idiot to say the least,keep on with your GI Jane stunts, you going to meet another one like you who thinks just like you and two bulls are going to lock horns.

      Kobus - 2012-04-17 12:00

      Chantelle jou BEER!!

  • Liam - 2012-04-17 00:14

    blue lights? I just don't get it. He's the "King" of what? why is his life in danger? I'm currently in Denmark and let me tell you something; diplomats are clearly identifiable (they have blue number-plates), they drive themselves the majority of the time (sure as hell no motorcade comparable to that of a north african dictator), they settle for vehicles in the mid-luxury range. Hell, I saw a member of the royal family, about a week ago, leaving his home for a formal gathering at the palace; there was little more spectacle than a bow-tie, a driver in a tux' and a Volvo S60 (that's right). This from a country with the highest global standard of living, well-being and happiness; you'd think they'd have something to show-off about? So, I deduct that these little known "kings" and other trivial traditional leaders are trying to compensate for something with all the flash. They're lives surely in danger are they now? The high-speed vehicles is the only peril they ever have to endure. Who the hell would miss them anyway? What they are compensating for is the fact that they are nobody's (or more precisely, a flickering blue light in the abyss they have created).

      Liam - 2012-04-17 00:33

      oooh...I just went over my grammar. horrible. Must be late and have been here too long. woops.

      Atholl - 2012-04-17 04:02

      ---- Quote of the Month --- ........... Liam, yr grammar is perfect ... in fact it's Quote of the Month ... and worth repeating ---> {these little known "kings" ... are trying to compensate for something with all the flash. ..... Who the hell would miss them anyway? What they are compensating for is ... that they are nobody's .... a flickering blue light in the abyss they have created ...)

      LouisBok - 2012-04-17 05:54

      It's actually simple Liam-before this terrorist organization was given a country to run,they received billions of dollars in handouts and could waste it on themselves. Now they're in power and have access to taxmoney,they just take,use

      Koos - 2012-04-17 06:59

      king of the dump hill.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 08:16

      You have made the point very well Liam. I can still accept the president and deputy president having security escorts, but everyone else should get around just like the rest of road users. You say "This from a country with the highest global standard of living, well-being and happiness;". One of the reasons being that they do not throw taxpayers money down the drain in pursuit of their own self-importance and personal enrichment.

      ambombo - 2012-04-17 11:20

      "King of what" King Goodwilll Zwelithini is the King of the Zulu Monarch, we all the Zulus know him very well and respect him because he has ruled for 40 years as we speak he is the sole trustee and the castodian of the Ngonyama Trust which owns and Manages land for the Zulu worth more than 4 Billion Rands, he was directly involve in the establishment of Kwa Zulu Finance Cooparation and IThala Bank which funds most of the development projects his Kingdom administers a budget of More than R 55 Million and has done well more than most governemt departments in South Africa as a Whole he is the Most progresive of them all by just looking at his history in power. Well you can say all you like about our king but like all Monarches what are they there for including the one in Britian.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-17 11:22

      Liam, enjoy your stay in a civilized country.

      Liam - 2012-04-17 12:04

      @ Mrs. Van Rensburg, I am so very happy to see the participation of someone of your calibre on this news site. I hope to see your posts more often. Thank you, I will enjoy the remainder of my stay thoroughly.

      Liam - 2012-04-17 12:29

      Ambombo (Ayanda rather), you're the PR officer at Amafaku Holdings. (just to fill everyone in). Now I haven't identified exactly what Amafaku Holdings does, but from what I can see they are involved somehow with the king. Oh how very delightful it is when the PR officer himself commented on this article. lovely to have you here.

      Liam - 2012-04-17 12:30

      I agree; what are the monarchs there for? well in Britain and Denmark they are the official heads of state, above the prime ministers and what-have-yous. Their function, however, not quite as obvious. I can't work it out really. But for example sake, do you know what prince William drives? look for yourself: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2011/05/prince-william-trades-audi-s4-for-audi-s5-sportback.html That's below standard issue for sub-deputy mayor posts in most rural municipalities. AND HE DRIVES IT HIMSELF!

      Liam - 2012-04-17 12:32

      I agree; what are the monarchs there for? well in Britain and Denmark they are the official heads of state, above the prime ministers and what-have-yous. Their function, however, not quite as obvious. I can't work it out really. But for example sake, do you know what prince William drives? look for yourself: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2011/05/prince-william-trades-audi-s4-for-audi-s5-sportback.html That's below standard issue for sub-deputy mayor posts in most rural municipalities. AND HE DRIVES IT HIMSELF!

      Schmee - 2012-04-17 13:17

      Liam. Just replace the U at the end of Amafaku with the word All and then you will know what the company does.

      Liam - 2012-04-17 13:44

      Hahaha, I like the insight. Thanks for clearing it up.

  • mpanzaslindile - 2012-04-17 00:17

    It's really sad to hear such shocking news the death of Tim Ncube a great journalist,legend in the field of Journalism,it's a great loss to even us @ 1kzntv as he was our News Editor while we were still @ Baytv,there is so much we've learnt from Tim,humility,hardworking positivity in life,may his family,friends,neighbours be comforted,Rest in Peace great legend,you will live on in our lives.

      Eric - 2012-04-17 00:21

      If you happen to be anywhere near a blue light grand panjandrun he won't live on in your life for very long. Good luck.

      smanga.ndlamlenze - 2012-04-17 05:03

      eccident heppens everyday in sa road don t be stupid ppl because ths involve state vehicle dat why u complain, grew up ppl in mind. Rest in peace TIM

      npretorius2 - 2012-04-17 08:19

      @smanga, most accidents can be avoided with only a few simple steps 1) Check tyre pressure/wear/tears 2) Adhere to speed limits 3) Do not overtake on solid lines 4) Do not drive while intoxicated / exhausted 5) Service vehicle regularly and at a trusted institution Accidents don't just happen.

      Kobus - 2012-04-17 12:05

      Smanga you sound as clever as a blue light driver!!

  • lmadikwe - 2012-04-17 00:26

    - In June 2008, a VIP officer on Jacob Zuma's armed convoy fired three shots at the vehicle of an 84-year-old motorist who was deemed a "threat". - In November 2008, a VIP officer shot the tyres of a Mazda that did not move out of his way quickly enough, causing a head-on collision with a bakkie. - In January 2009, a VIP officer shot an unarmed motorist after he "got too close" in the traffic. - In April 2009, a VIP unit officer on his way to collect the Mayor of Msunduzi spat in the eye of a woman motorist. - In February 2010, UCT student Chumani Maxwele was arrested at gunpoint by President Zuma's VIP unit and detained for 24 hours because he allegedly gestured at the President's motorcade. - 2012 April a journalist is killed in a head on collusion due to recklessness of the blue light officer who wanted to catch up with the rest of the team ahead of him. - 2013 ?????????????????????

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 00:44

      I agree Imadikwe... They just have it all so easy :(... I once on purpose held up the President and his blue light sidekicks and being an BMW advanced driver trainer I squished one of the blue lights into oncoming traffic intentionally and held him in that space until he backed down...! It was 15 minutes later and the helicopter was circling above my house in an intimidating threatening manner. My nerves literally killed me. They left after a while but clearly got their message across.. They have the power to intimidate, command, demand and right of way. It makes me feel sick to the bone. After your stories above I guess I should count myself lucky for getting away from it so lightly... (Whhhhheeee..sigh of relief)

      Wittier - 2012-04-17 00:44

      i have rat raced with these gangs more than five times and beat them, their favourite cars are x5, ml350-500, audi q7. i drive a porsche cayenne gts. after each race when we arrive in town as i stay in the same street with the premier you notice that those fools were rushing to the house of the premier for NOTHING.

      John - 2012-04-17 00:53

      What about the kid who was knock off his motorcycle last year on the West Rand... Still in hospital.... and I'm sure there are other incidents ...........

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 01:02

      @ Wittier... Agreed. My showdown was also with them in an X5 and me in a 2.0 TDI Audi A3. Woosies also raced nowhere quickly.... Unless of course they went through it all to get to the savoury triangular cheese

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-17 01:40

      A young man sits tonight and forever after without his father. Whether you're a blue-light driver or those determined to take them on, it takes a moment, a split-second to turn your misplaced ego & adrenalin rush into death. Astounding what people are willing to risk for a few seconds selfishness

      Louise - 2012-04-17 03:19

      You left out the matric pupil who ended up in a coma last year shortly before his final exams; Gauteng MEC promised to help pay medical bills but nothing towards the R100 000 bill has been paid. The boy has to learn to speak, read and write and walk from scratch.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-17 11:25

      Who cares what cars you drive? Playing games on the roads you jeopardize the safety of others and may get you killed before your expensive car is paid for. Get a life.

  • John - 2012-04-17 00:44

    "reports indicate the vehicle which the deceased VIP officer tried to overtake may have reacted negatively leading to the officer losing control of the vehicle". Another face... another cover up.... When will VIP's ego take second place to road safety...

      Jacqui - 2012-04-17 11:26

      John, of course someone else is to blame. That is the scurge destroying the country.

  • justinasher - 2012-04-17 00:45

    I don't get it.... Does a chief rabbi, or pastor, get a convoy too? Not quite sure why a Zulu King needs a blue light convoy?

  • mali.dlamini - 2012-04-17 01:03

    Stolen bluelight in Joburg use4 robery, m.e.c bluelight short aman on freeway now bluelight KILLING 1 OF THE BEST JOURNALIST KZN has eva produced! THANK GORVENMENT 4UR BLUELIGHT NOT ONLY T PROTECTNG U4RM US BT KILING US AND ROBING US, CNT W8 TIL T KILS ME O MYFAMLY

      Eric - 2012-04-17 01:09

      Its possible I might agree with you if I could understand WT UR ONABT.

      chantelle.joubertdreyer - 2012-04-17 01:11

      Hey Mali... Why do you say that at the end :(... That would be sad and tragic if you also had to be taken that way. :( *weep*... They have to stop taking lives.

  • Brad Bennett - 2012-04-17 01:21

    That's weird... I was almost run off the road (R74) coming into Greytown on Sunday morning by what could only be described as a blue-light brigade. Almost exactly the same scenario, overtaking recklessly and driving on the same side of the road...

      Grace - 2012-04-17 01:56

      Its happened to me too on the way to King Shaka airport... Also a Sunday

  • Louise - 2012-04-17 03:12

    khini, so sorry about your dad. We pray for your family in this time.

  • simphiwempheni.mdluli - 2012-04-17 04:03

    Very sad

  • gillian.d.toit - 2012-04-17 04:37

    An accident just waiting to happen. As long as this stupid driving is encouraged accidents will happen.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-17 05:02

    So again the blue light brigade is causing havoc, i say take their rights away these so called blue lights...

  • Jayson - 2012-04-17 05:04

    How many more lives must be lost before the government realizes that the blue light thugs are causing death and mayhem. I personally don't give a sh@t even if they were transporting the frikken queen of England. Two Journo's are dead now. If the king needed to be in a hospital,,, he should've been in ambulance. RIP dudes. We want answers.

  • Ian - 2012-04-17 05:06

    right cANCer are you happy now, what have you got to say, whats that, oh nothing, human lives been nothing to these clowns, oh wait a sec, no lives mean anything to them, the signs of retards running this country are as clear as day

      Donovan - 2012-04-17 06:15

      Just sick man,no discipline and no order since the caNcer took over.

      pkheswa - 2012-04-17 06:23

      Yah i guess no people died on the road when the NP was running this country hey.... Oh i forgot, they all died in police custody...

      pkheswa - 2012-04-17 06:24

      Yah i guess no people died on the road when the NP was running this country hey.... Oh i forgot, they all died in police custody...

      John - 2012-04-17 06:35

      pkheswa, you didn't, shucks.

      Donovan - 2012-04-17 06:50

      Pkeshwa the cANCer gvernment are no longer an accident waiting to happen,they are now the cause of it.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-17 11:31

      Pkheswa, why do people like you have the urge to spread nonsense around. You should really get rid of that racist monster sitting on your shoulders. Geez. What a failure.

      goldwright - 2012-04-17 13:47

      @pkheswa, two wrongs do not make a right. Sensible & decent people will not defend apartheid, likewise sensible & decent people do not defend the actions of these gung ho blue light drivers, - "drivers" that seriously injured an 18 year old last year and now have killed a well known and respected journalist. Are you capable of understanding that? Maybe we can only hope, that if one thing good can come out of this tragedy, as small consolation as it may be for his family, friends & colleagues, is that maybe just maybe, it will take the death of Mr Ncube for the gvt to catch a wake up, and stop the bully boy, egotistical and dangerous driving of these drivers. If the officals being driven by these blue light brigades have any concience either, they will not allow their drivers to driver dangerously either. Many of the officials would do well to remember they are public servants, voted in by the people of the country, and OUR tax money pays their salaries - in theory anyway, that is how a democracy is suposed to work. Those of us on the roads are NOT lower class citizens, and we have our human rights too, like being able to drive on the roads safely without the risk of being killed by these maniacal drivers.

      Lynton - 2012-04-18 14:30

      While I have no love for our current government. You cannot blame the political affiliations of the driver for this. It is the drive's bad attitude and lack of common sense that caused this. Nothing else. If you step behind the wheel then you alone are responsible for how you drive

  • Denzil - 2012-04-17 05:49

    why is it always blue light cars cause the accidents and innocent people in other car have to suffer. Tragic

  • marschoeman - 2012-04-17 05:49

    Blue Light Bullies... or Blue Light Gang... Either way, they are a bunch of idiots that believe they are above the law.

  • Muzi - 2012-04-17 05:55

    This jst hilites the plight of health system in KZN. Nongoma is about 200km frm Richards bay and that's where you'll find the \nearest\ private hospital. Its a very sad situation.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-17 10:43

      But aren't the state hospitals and clinics in excellent condition thanks to our government? Why must there be a private hospital every 50km?

      Marion - 2012-04-17 12:10

      @Muzi - What happened to Nongoma Private Hospital, 199 High Street, Nongoma?

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-17 06:01

    This blue light whatever act like mafia bodyguaurds. They don't care about people's lives (tax payers) who are financing their salaries. The king has a role to play in his family and a journo the role to info-tain the public.

  • braamc - 2012-04-17 06:05

    Cant all the people in the blue light vehicles die, will make my day!

  • olerilwe.mosiane - 2012-04-17 06:12

    i think the vehicle that was supposed to be overtaked play a part in this accident.as a driver i've notice such behaviour in our road.if some1 drives bad that doesn't mean u've to follow the lead.two wrongs doesn't make right.in our roads there is no such thing as co-operation,u'll only find rage(road rage) condolences to all the affected families

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-04-17 06:13

    These days the cowboys drives BMW my codolences to the deseased family its so sad and yet the polce do absolutely nothing about these tugs in suits that buulies everybody in the street

  • Bzeng - 2012-04-17 06:30

    lmao S.A tax spenders should cool down I mean who will kidnap ths so called Kings and ministers.. Blue cars should be added to SAPS to protect people nt kil them

  • whoowhoohoo - 2012-04-17 06:43

    One potential murderer gone, how many are left I think ? It would seem that these idiots believe a blue light gives them superhuman rights and powers. Maybe they are trained that way ? Maybe they should be castrated first to get rid of their over-abundant testosterone aand then taught the rules of the road. Pity about the innocent fellow.

      Zing - 2012-04-17 07:52

      The price was too high. I can't agree with you. It would be nicer if they all killed themselves against trees or bridges, but unfortunately they don't.

  • Mark - 2012-04-17 06:49

    Time for a tax boycott - thats the only way these idiots will learn.

  • Bongani - 2012-04-17 06:53

    I fail to understand why some of you instead of constructive commenting decide to name calling.when I grew in the apartheid South Africa your P.W Botha was using them and the state moneyat will and you never complained.accept it times have changed and an African is charge whether you life or not. The blue light didn't cause the accident but the driver did.

      Gregory - 2012-04-17 07:17

      Two wrongs can never make a right. Blue light carnage must stop. It's not a race issue.

      Ze Don - 2012-04-17 07:22

      Wrong! Get your facts right before you make a comment. The old government didn't make use of convoys, they never needed them as there was no threat to them. Makes you wonder who the big threat is to the new bunch?

      thabiso.victor - 2012-04-17 07:25

      Change is gud, bt we cnt go 4rm Bad 2 Worse, we cnt expect our leaders 2 follow Botha's footsteps, dey hv 2 create deir own paths nd nt misuses state funds nd durin dat tym we wer opressed we had no say, bt nw we hv rights and da driver's of da blue light vehicle drives lyk dey own da road dey dnt respect da ada road users

      thabiso.victor - 2012-04-17 07:26

      Change is gud, bt we cnt go 4rm Bad 2 Worse, we cnt expect our leaders 2 follow Botha's footsteps, dey hv 2 create deir own paths nd nt misuses state funds nd durin dat tym we wer opressed we had no say, bt nw we hv rights and da driver's of da blue light vehicle drives lyk dey own da road dey dnt respect da ada road users

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-17 09:18

      The last government did not use high speed cavalcades, they used inconspicuous vehicles and traveled around singularly without drawing any attention to themselves. The vehicles allocated to this task were cars that looked exactly like a Mercedes Benz, but was in actual fact a super car designed and manufacture by Armscor or Denel. They were bullet proof, gas proof a weighed more than a few ton. In actual fact a type of tank. They could exhilarate like nothing you had ever seen in that day, this was meant to get out of trouble. The wheels were also bullet proof and the car could continue driving even if it lost a wheel. These cars drove around all over the country without members of the public being ever the wiser. They did not break the law unless the drivers who were military trained felt that their was danger. The cars were regarded as 'unstoppable' as best as any vehicle could be, and were designed to carry it's occupants for at least a hundred kilometers to the nearest backup in case there was ever a problem. They did not drive in cavalcades. They did use cavalcades at state ceremonies,e.g. opening of parliment following a designated route and in these cases drove slowly to create a pompous state affair. Interesting, these cavalcades used the same motors for years. (Vorster had a white stretch limo allocated to him for his entire stay in office, which he inherited from his predecessor, strangely this was not even bullet proof) So much simpler than todays ANC thuggery

      Jacqui - 2012-04-17 11:43

      Bongani and how many innocent people were killed by P.W Botha's motorcade?. Some people here are so racist, even an accident claiming two lives and jeopardizing the lives of how many others are food for their racists brains. Yuck.

      Marion - 2012-04-17 12:14

      @Bongani - I don't recall whether PW Botha used blue light brigades but I do recall that he used a state helicopter to go on a hunting spree. Think the only danger associated with the helicopter was to wildlife. Would the driver have caused the accident if he didn't have a blue light and wasn't letting someone else drive his car i.e. the convoy ahead of him that he was trying to catch up to. If anything they should have slowed down to enable him to join them again without taking unnecessary risks.

  • Craig - 2012-04-17 06:56

    Seem's like the drivers of the "blue light" cars all learned their advanced driving skills on "Playstation".

  • Joseph - 2012-04-17 06:56

    Its because they are above the law, Zuma can't do anything to them he gives them permission. For if he wanted to he could have stopped this the first time they killed.

  • Sean - 2012-04-17 06:58

    Perhaps if the VIP himself was killed in the crash the lunacy of the blue light brigade might be stopped.

  • Ian - 2012-04-17 07:03

    Again, ban these blue light thugs. There is no excuse for their brazen lawlessness and it makes us look like a banana republic having these cowboys on the road!

  • Veryll - 2012-04-17 07:15

    This is for Tim Ncube and loved ones. You were taken too soon from all of us. This did not have to happen to you. R.I.P. Brother. To the Blue light, please take note of your actions, you are taking innocent lives.

  • Colin - 2012-04-17 07:20

    sickening is what this is. these blue lighters think they own the road.. condolences to all.

  • Sello - 2012-04-17 07:25

    I have never quite understood why I have to pay for Zwelithini with my tax money when he is a king of Zulus. Is it not Zulus who must pay for their own leader? Zwelithini has no relevance to everyone except Zulus. Likewise, every tribe must fund their own chieftancies and kingdoms. I am really upset at our tax money allocation system.

  • Tanya Brown - 2012-04-17 07:25

    very sad, it is unknown why the king was being transported to the hospital, if it was an emergency there should of been an ambulance, who are permitted to skip traffic, and this could of been avoided, if it wasn't an emergency no need to over take meet up at the next red light or something

  • Amos Morwape - 2012-04-17 07:29

    Its unfortunate that this will only lead to civil claim against RAF by the journalist family members for the los of support and funeral expenses.The police wont even put their lazy hands on that bustard because he is the family member of the Minister.

  • Jan - 2012-04-17 07:29

    Condolences. I hope that Mr. Ncube's family and dependents will sue all involved including the king.

  • Monti - 2012-04-17 07:29

    Blue lights are good for culling

  • Zing - 2012-04-17 07:31

    A curse on all you blue-light brigades, and whatever evil content you spew forth!

  • Xolile - 2012-04-17 07:34

    I think people with tiny brains have a very limited context and consequently blame everything on racism.\r\n\r\nShow respect for African Kings as Africans do the same to western Royals or at least try.\r\n\r\nCondolences to Mr Ncube's family and all affected people.

      Manie - 2012-04-17 08:43

      Respect for african kings? Hang on. If you can give me one reason to respect him, ill take back all my comments. He has done nothing for me. All I see is a fat cat being driven around with bluelight bullies killing people and not really doing a stitch of work. I dont care for any royalty. It's an anachronism and a relic of the times where one person was elevated above the rest of the poulation. Why does he need an escort of vehicles? Is there people trying to kill him? Why didnt the goverment spen even half that money they spend on him, on trying to stop a poor farmer getting killed and his wife and daughters raped and then set on fire? Any ccompensation for the family? No. Because we are not important. You are not important. Think about that.

      Manie - 2012-04-17 09:33

      Respect for african kings? I don't think so. All I see is a fatcat driven around with bluelight escorts killing innocent road users. Is his life in danger? No. Tell me something. why does the government spend that insane amount of money on a useless escort when a poor farmer whose wife and daughters are raped then set alight gets not a single cent compensation? But when your dog bites a burglar in your yard you will face jail but he gets off scott free and you have to pay his medical bill?? And you talk about respect for a guy who sits in a armoured limo with bodyguards that we pay for even though he has enough money to pay for it himself? Respect? I will spit on his car as he's driving past.

      Xolile - 2012-04-17 18:36

      Dude you not even Zulu and you actually expect King Zwelithini to do something for you? You can expect that from Maybe King uhhh, King ?????? O yah I forgot, all english are headed by a Queen no wonder they will never be real man, let the Queen have the balls she's more of a man than you'll ever be.\r\n\r\nThey say respect begins at home, I apologise for expecting you to understand, I mean you were probably born and raised in South Africa oceans away from your home.\r\n\r\nEnough said dude, we love our King Z. Zulu. And we will continue respecting your western royalties hopefully, it will be enough to teach you to respect King Zwelithini and Africa. POW

  • pkheswa - 2012-04-17 07:39

    A tragedy indeed. I once almost fell victim to the recklessness of these blue light drivers but lets not make this a political or racial incident, lets stick to facts of the story and comment based on them.

      Bobo - 2012-04-17 10:57

      If you want all of us to suddenly just stic to facts on the story then I suggest you delete your own previous racial comments.Nxa

      goldwright - 2012-04-17 14:04

      Ah, after making your racial and political comments previously in this thread of comments, and getting a backlash about your comments, do you now want to stick to the facts of this story. Is that your way saying sorry, eish. Good on you hey.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-04-17 07:43

    We are just another failed, out of control African state. With power obsessed parasites like Zwelithini, blue light murderers, the whole ANC.

  • trevor.putterill - 2012-04-17 07:48

    maybe one of the journalists reading this can look into the legality of what or who is allowed blue lights and when, and start putting pressure on the minister of transport,have these guys even been trained in how to use lights and sirens,how to drive in traffic. An advanced driving course doesnt do that- 99.9% of the time there is no need for lights or speed... its disgusting Infact lights make you more of a target not less(vip-protection) Think i should offer these dingbats a course.

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-17 07:53

    Why in heavens name was this fool given a blue light calvacade in the first place????????????????/, he has nothing to do with government.If this fool was sick why was an ambulance not called???? Why so many cars in the first place????????????????????? Now another person lost his life to a fool with self importance .......FLUCK

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-17 07:54

    R.I.P. Tim xx

  • Antipoaching - 2012-04-17 08:02

    when are these arrogant maniacs going to be reigned in? Always us innocent citizens being killed while the "leaders" sail on as if we are worthless.....

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-04-17 08:03

    "It is unknown for what reason the Zulu king was being transported to hospital." Hopefully for a brain transplant!

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-17 09:10

      Sorry he does not have a brain.......maybe to put a new d**k on because the old one fell off due to aids