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VIP drivers should not speed - official

2012-03-27 20:05

Pietermaritzburg - VIP drivers for MECs should stick to the speed limits, a senior legal services officer told the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Tuesday.

Christoffel van Niekerk, of the KwaZulu-Natal department of community safety and liaison, said VIP drivers should not speed and should give themselves enough time when fetching MECs.

Van Niekerk said MECs had no authority to give instructions to their drivers, as only commanding officers were allowed to give instructions.

He was testifying in the attempted murder trial of Hlanganani Nxumalo, the bodyguard of former KwaZulu-Natal social development MEC Meshack Radebe.

Nxumalo faces six charges of attempted murder.

He allegedly shot the tyre of a Mazda near Camperdown while he was driving his colleague Caiphus Ndlela to fetch Radebe in November 2008.

The shot caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle, veer into oncoming traffic and collide head-on with a bakkie.

Nxumalo told the court last year that the driver of the Mazda had posed a danger to them and had tried to bump them off the road.

He claimed that he warned the driver to slow down by signalling to him, and got an obscene gesture in response.

Van Niekerk said he could not comment on how drivers should react if they were pushed to the edge of the road, as was alleged by Nxumalo.

The prosecution and defence are expected to make closing arguments on May 16.

Comments
  • Taariq - 2012-03-27 20:15

    lip service, lip service, lip service

      Grootrot - 2012-03-27 21:15

      It will be an interesting verdict.I think the problem is that the MECs have Big man of Africa syndrome - they really think that they have got it made when they are a provincial MEC and they act accordingly (except in the Western Cape where it is illegal) - can one forget about the people you need to serve so quickly and can one be so paranoid - these people are worse than old NP ministers!

      Rob - 2012-03-28 07:28

      I guess the victim did'nt fit the profile of your average ANC voter & thus automatically qualified as a threat. I'll bet this so called bodyguard really thought he was " untouchable " and filled with self importance & arrogance @ holding such an " esteemed " position.

      Hugh - 2012-03-28 08:31

      @Groottrot when did you ever see big convoys of flashing blue lights associated with the ministers of the apartheid regime. For the most part all I ever saw was minster driving from one point to another without the aggression and convoys of today. I even got an appolgy from the then minister of finance Horwood for speeding above the 80Km/h limit on the Jhb / Pta Hiway. Would I get that today?

      Erich - 2012-03-28 09:16

      I fail to see what the purpose of Mr Van Niekerk's testimony in this case will serve. The MEC is not charged and it is not clear on what grounds 'a commanding officer' can give instructions of any sort (presumeable to exceed the speed limit) Not a very well written report!

      gillian.sabino1 - 2012-04-06 17:51

      Last year between Durban and Pietermaritzburg the blue light brigade came from behind on the Highway towards Pietermaritzburg. All the cars gave way. As the VIP BMW came past my husband remembered this report from the news and gave the VIP, a black woman with false hair, the zap sign, in a vote of condemnation to the blue light brigade. The blue light brigade slowed down the traffic and tried to push us off the road various times. While my husband kept his cool and swerved to avoid them, the rest of the family was in schock. He calls for the maximum life sentence to these baffons!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-03-27 20:28

    An old man in a Mazda is a threat? So typical of the bully boy tactics of these blue light drivers. This case has dragged on since 2008 and the only one suffering here is the driver of the other vehicle.

      Malusi - 2012-03-27 23:07

      If u are aware of the age restriction of a person that could pose threat, please remind nation. I doubt if age have anything to do, how threat a person he/she is, if we still have man at the age of 82 showing a young girl his private part and touching her. So age issue here is irrelevant.

      Francois - 2012-03-28 07:15

      Malusi, you are taking this thing about no discrimination on the basis of age a bit too far. I am sure that the VIP's body guards can protect itself better against a 80 year old man than a young girl. Are you defending this on the basis that somewhere some old man acted obsenely and therefor all 80 year olds must be treated a potential criminals? Your argument has beckfired - apply your mind or can we ask you to be the public's human shied from irresponsible blue light drivers?

  • Tasmee - 2012-03-27 20:36

    Hope he rots!!

  • Mark - 2012-03-27 20:37

    Hah - damn thugs.

  • Bob - 2012-03-27 20:56

    Lock him up and make an example of him to show others who also believe they are above the law that they are in fact not…!!

  • Jayson - 2012-03-27 20:57

    I was on my way to work the other day on the N1 high way. I was doing 120 witch is the speed limit. Three of these blue light brigade guys came past me. It literally made me feel like I was standing still. Where in the constitution does it give these guys permission to put all us commuters lives in danger. Aren't the police there to protect us?

      Malusi - 2012-03-27 22:43

      Correctly so, they are here to protect us. They shouldn't act like the police of the apartheid government. All those citizens with a problem about this issue at hand, i suggest that they re-visit K53 book so that all people keep in line with emergency vehicle. My understand u let all those vehicles to drive pass without interfering.

      George - 2012-03-28 02:19

      Same experience, except the lead car was white. I was flashed the middle finger as I did not not get out of the way fast enough. Could not recognize the VIP due to tinted glass. I decided to spare their lives and left my Purdey idling, as I did not want to go to jail.

  • bcluley - 2012-03-27 21:08

    again ANC!animal farm,all animals are equal except some are more equal than others.what gives these 'pigs' the right to speed and be escourted by police.every south african should deserve the same.

      Malusi - 2012-03-27 22:27

      Dream on, if you people can stop from being obsess about blue light SA could be best place. Most of u, your hatren comes from the fact that most of the time these cars are transporting black people. Guys hang yourself if u no longer going to tolerate anything about the country, failing to do so just shut damn big mouth.

      Sabelo Sikhosana Smalfather - 2012-03-27 23:52

      these pigs likes anc. they always include the name anc in most of their comments. and they reduce their haiting before they get heart attack .failing to bit anc u welcome to join or hang yourself.

      George - 2012-03-28 02:24

      Malusi want to join the Animals. Hee Ho, Hee Ho. Next deployment you're in. How big a blue light do you want. Can't hang any more as Animals don't like death penalty. Something about occupational hazard I think.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-03-28 08:33

      @Malusi- another typical stupid comment. Who cares who's in the bloody blue light car. It is time thes MEC's start getting up earlier and make sure they get to there meetings on time. But no! They are abusing this privelage and its gotta stop. They are endangering all road users with there dangerous and reckless driving. So shut your dam big mouth and go hang urself.

      Oom - 2012-04-06 17:53

      Malusi, you are trying to defend the undefendable simply because the big cahuna is a black guy. Maybe you not realise that we are all equal under the law, you are correct that emergency services receive priority, but the blue light brigade is not an emergency service, they are suppose to be servants of the people, but instead we get self-important, idiot dictator, racketeering gangsters abusing tax paying ciizens, black and white. You are a moron of the worst kind!

  • Ken - 2012-03-27 21:14

    It is time all blue lights were banned as Zille has done. The VIP protection are the failures who could not cut it as cops.

      Scouter - 2012-03-27 21:47

      Good way to jump five or six steps on the promotion ladder, though. Shake a VIP Protection Unit tree and a full Colonel falls out.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-03-27 21:33

    i wish i had more hands so that i could show them more fingers!

  • Raj - 2012-03-27 21:39

    Don't give him a "BELLS" give him a DiARY so that he has a record of the pick up and drop off he has to do for the day. Then maybe he can leave in good time like every other citizen to reach his destination on time without bullying other road users. Blue lights should only be used in a life threatening situation and not used to threaten lives. Give him a life sentence. Maybe if the MEC's live a normal life like every other citizen then this country will see a lot of improvements that affect the hardworking tax payers. Maybe they should start by driving their own vehicles, fill their own fuel, pay their own toll fees, buy their own food etc, afterall they are getting a good income.

  • Jim - 2012-03-27 21:43

    Fine - issue a national directive to all "Blue Light" drivers - and make them liable (including potential MURDER charges if they are culpable

      Bluemast - 2012-03-27 22:44

      @jim - why, the law already stands as it is, it applies to avery citizen anyway, they don't need any special treatment or special attention to any laws etc! The b..... tards are just as liable to the contravening of any traffic offence - period. It is up to our government to enforfce the existing laws and to stop pretendfing to be the "Untouchables"!

  • kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-03-27 22:00

    This is amazing, it's like people in politics forget who they are and where they come from so fast quicker than hello, they even think they own the roads of South Africa to a point they command drivers to shoot the cars of tax paying, e toll paying drivers just for them to get somewhere easier......WHO ARE THEY?

      Iam - 2012-07-09 14:40

      To think these "public" officials were voted in by us. They should have told the voters, vote for me, I will shoot at you if you get in my way if I'm elected. Some honesty in politics will be refreshing!

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-03-27 22:12

    Yup, VIP's should wake up earlier, and also invest in a propper time management course!

      Bluemast - 2012-03-27 23:11

      It doesn't seem to me like anything to do with regards to time management - I think it is more about bravado and to be "seen & heard" at the same time. This is the way that they try to show off their fame and "fortune"¡? What they are actually trying to do defeat the object anyway because noone even knows who the "dignatory" in one if the vehicvles are anyway with the illegally tinted windows besides the fact that at the speed they drive at the speed of UFO's noone would be able to identify them anyhow! Even if we could identify who the dignatory is, so what???? Let them get stuck in traffic like all the citizens that voted them into ruling this country in the first place! Let them get a taste of what it is like to sit in traffic like law-abiding citizens!

  • Kevin - 2012-03-28 06:33

    They should not speed, especially as they are only transporting civil servants. Magistrates must also carry the blame for the carnage these thugs cause . Why do our courts not give maximum sentences to these thugs

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-03-28 08:41

    I too am tired of these blue light brigades. They are abusing the system. I was traveling towards JHB on the N1. Just past colesberg an Audi SUV came flying past us with his blue light flashing and overtaking recklessly. When we got to bloemfontein and stopped at one of these shell ultra cities there parked by the entrance was the Audi SUV. We left there and about 3hrs later that same vehicle came flying past us. Its time they ban this blue light brigade once and for all. They are abusing the system completly.

  • Khaya - 2012-03-28 09:09

    Report bad driving online on www.ReportMe.co.za

      Erich - 2012-03-28 09:12

      What useful purpose will it serve - nothing is going to happen to the culprit.

  • gillian.sabino1 - 2012-04-06 17:50

    Last year between Durban and Pietermaritzburg the blue light brigade came from behind on the Highway towards Pietermaritzburg. All the cars gave way. As the VIP BMW came past my husband remembered this report from the news and gave the VIP, a black woman with false hair, the zap sign, in a vote of condemnation to the blue light brigade. The blue light brigade slowed down the traffic and tried to push us off the road various times. While my husband kept his cool and swerved to avoid them, the rest of the family was in schock. He calls for the maximum life sentence to these baffons!

  • Abdul - 2012-04-17 08:07

    Regardless of who we are OR what we drive...recklessness will cause death and mayhem....take a look at the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

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