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MEC Mazibuko does not know her job: DA

2012-04-24 21:11

Johannesburg - The DA accused Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko on Tuesday of not knowing her job.

She had shown ignorance in her oversight role by failing to respond to a question on Tuesday about the status of criminal charges against a blue light brigade driver, the Democratic Alliance said.

In a statement, DA spokesperson Kate Lorimer said she asked Mazibuko about the status of criminal charges against Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's driver, who ran over teenager Thomas Ferreira on November 5.

"The MEC chose to take issue with the phrase 'blue light brigade' and claimed she did not know what I was talking about, as it is not a recognised constitutional term. She did not answer the question," Lorimer said.

However, Mazibuko's spokesperson Thapelo Moiloa said the MEC did know her job.

"The blue light brigade falls under the VIP protection and command of the SA Police Service," said Moiloa.

"The questions from the DA should be directed to the SAPS. We are responsible for the service delivery of the SAPS," he said.

Mmemezi's speeding blue-light vehicle hit Ferreira and left him comatose, brain-injured and in need of long-term rehabilitation.

Police investigated a case of reckless or negligent driving and the docket was handed to the senior state prosecutor at the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court in January.