Presidency distances itself from fatal 'blue light' accident

2016-11-20 11:46
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Johannesburg – The Presidency on Sunday distanced itself from reports that President Jacob Zuma's convoy had been involved in a fatal car accident in Pretoria. 

This was after Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba tweeted that "I have just received the terrible news that President Zuma's blue lights brigades killed a friend Solly Moutlana yesterday".

President spokesperson Dr Bongani Ngqulunga said in a statement: "It is unfortunate that Mr Mashaba, if the tweet is indeed by him, seeks to create an impression that a SAPS convoy transporting the President caused this painful loss of life which is totally untrue and misleading."

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

However, 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 added that from East London he flew to KwaZulu-Natal. He left Pretoria on Tuesday.

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

A family member of Moutlana's, Mpho Moutlana, confirmed his death on Twitter on Saturday night in reaction to Mashaba's tweet.

Ngqulunga said the police would be better placed to provide clarity on the matter.

"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."


Read more on:    presidency  |  herman mashaba  |  pretoria  |  blue light incidents

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