Man killed in 'blue light' accident had big dreams

2016-11-20 15:37
Solly Moutlana (Supplied to News24)

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Johannesburg – Solly Moutlana, who died in an accident allegedly involving a blue light convoy in Pretoria, had big plans for his life, his family said on Sunday.

"The family is not coping at all. He was the most sweetest brother one could ever have," his brother Zondi Moutlana told News24.

"We don't understand how the accident happened because it happened in a 60km/h zone."

He said he received news of the accident at 14:30 on Friday.

"We were told that the blue light convoy travelling at high speed hit him and he was rushed to hospital."

Zondi said that on the day of the incident, his brother was supposed to attend a meeting which was scheduled for 10:00 in Pretoria, but it was postponed to midday.

"He was busy trying to pursue a project and now his life has been cut short. He worked on this project for more than two years and he will never see it materialise." 

Zondi didn't want to divulge the nature of the project his brother was working on.

The 59-year-old Moutlana leaves behind a 12-year-old daughter. 

On Saturday, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba tweeted, "I have just received the terrible news that President Zuma's blue lights brigades killed a friend Solly Moutlana in Pretoria yesterday".

Mashaba also tweeted that he was under the impression that blue light convoys were banned in Pretoria, unless under extreme circumstances.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Presidency distanced itself from reports that President Jacob Zuma's convoy had been involved in a fatal car accident.

Ngqulunga said the president was in East London on Friday to participate in the National Council of Province's Taking Parliament to the People event, having travelled from Cape Town. 

He said from East London he flew to KwaZulu-Natal province. He left Pretoria on Tuesday.

"The Presidency, on enquiry, has been informed that police were investigating a case involving the knocking [over] of a pedestrian by a car driven by a police officer in Pretoria."

He said the police would be better placed to provide clarity on the matter. Police were not immediately available for comment.  

"The Presidency extends heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased on this tragic loss. The Presidency remains ready to assist the Mayor of Johannesburg in future with clarity on matters affecting the Presidency to ensure the accuracy of information being disseminated."

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