Mchunu orders probe into 'blue light' crash

2016-03-19 12:01
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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has ordered an investigation into an accident on the N2 Nonoti in KwaDukuza on Friday evening involving one of his bodyguards that resulted in the death of two people.

In a statement Mchunu, said he was shocked to learn about the sad passing of two people in accident. He said there were many unanswered questions and confusing reports around separate accidents along this route.

"It is for this reason that I have instructed my special advisor on good governance, Advocate Linda Zama, to liaise with law enforcement agencies such as the police and Road Traffic Inspectorate [RTI],” he said.

Mchunu said they hoped the police would locate the driver of a truck that drove away during the accident.

“It is important to establish how many people were involved in an accident and whether there are any eyewitnesses who may assist. 

“We also want to establish circumstances surrounding a Toyota Yaris which was also involved in an accident resulting into unfortunate death of two passengers. It is also alleged that a blue car veered off the road into the oncoming traffic,” he said. 

Hit by truck

Mchunu said he had instructed his office to work with the department of transport to locate the families of the deceased so he could visit them.

"We also want to visit other victims who are in hospital.

“Our hearts are with families and friends of the victims during this difficult period. We want to assure the families that we are taking this matter very seriously and my special advisor will be in contact with all the families, ” he said.

On Friday, News24 reported a credible source with knowledge of the incident as saying, "The lead vehicle in the convoy collided head-on with another car.

"The police officer in the lead convoy vehicle is in a serious condition. In the car it hit, two people were killed and three others have been badly wounded."

KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate's Zinhle Mngomezulu said details of the accident remained sketchy. She said Mchunu’s bodyguard claimed to have been hit by a truck.

“He said he hit a truck but there was no truck. The story is incomplete, we told our officer to wait until police to ascertain [what happened]." 

“There is a Toyota Yaris and a bakkie driven by a bodyguard and a Mercedes parked on the side of road,” she said. 

Mngomezulu said four passengers in the Yaris were injured too.

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