ARTICLES RELATING TO BLUE LIGHT INCIDENTS

'Blue light' victim will need life-long care

2014-11-20 12:29

Thomas Ferreira will have to live with severe mental changes after being knocked over by a “blue light” driver three years ago, a psychiatrist has told the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court.

Blue light sentencing postponed

2014-03-13 15:49

Sentencing proceedings of blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie have been postponed in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

MEC in blue-light trauma

2014-01-10 09:14
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A KwaZulu-Natal MEC is reportedly traumatised after she and her guards were surrounded by 15 armed police officers when her allegedly speeding vehicle was stopped in a “military style” operation on the N3.

Blue light driver judgment expected

2013-12-03 07:33

Judgment on blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie, accused of knocking over teenager Thomas Ferreira while driving through a red light, is expected to be delivered in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

'Blue light protocol not law'

2013-11-07 12:11

"We need protection against the people who are supposed to protect us", "The protocol is not legislation" and "Nonsense like this has little chance of working"... Wheels24 readers respond to the 'blue light protocol'.

Screw the 'blue light protocol'

2013-11-04 07:30

First SA's top cop told us "don't stop". Now there's a protocol for 'blue light' police. JANINE-LEE GORDON had a taste of bullies with blue lights and thinks the protocol is a joke.

VIP cop silent on previous conviction

2013-10-18 11:27

A mayoral bodyguard facing an attempted murder charge broke the law by not telling the court he had a previous conviction for attempted murder, according to a report.

VIP bodyguard has dark past - report

2013-10-16 12:04

One of the VIP bodyguards arrested for a last week’s N3 highway “blue light” shooting incident was a key player in the assassination of a KwaZulu-Natal warlord in 1999, according to a report.

Former MEC in court for 'blue light' assault

2013-10-08 13:37

The assault case against former Mpumalanga human settlements MEC Siphosezwe Masango and two of his bodyguards has been postponed to next year for trial.

Blue light victim 'suffered brain damage'

2013-09-03 10:14

Thomas Ferreira, who was hit by a vehicle driven by a blue light driver in 2011, is believed to have suffered permanent brain damage, according to a neurosurgeon.

Cyclist assaulted by diplomatic motorcade

2013-05-13 15:27
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A video clip has been posted to YouTube showing a Pretoria cyclist being manhandled in a roadside scuffle, apparently by a diplomat's security guards.

Witness: VIP driver checked car, not victim

2012-11-29 09:27

The driver of a blue-light vehicle that crashed into teenager Thomas Ferreira got out of the car after the crash to inspect the damage to his BMW but didn’t look at the injured boy, a witness says.

World Bank worker in blue light hijacking

2012-10-16 08:33

An employee of the World Bank in Centurion has revealed how he was hijacked by men in police uniforms in a blue-light vehicle.

Mayors: We want our blue lights!

2012-09-16 21:15
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The Zululand District Municipality says it is prepared to go to the country’s highest court to force the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government to allow mayors their blue-light convoys – or to stop everyone in the province from using them.

Blue light incident: Cop, driver fined

2012-07-26 16:51

A police officer and blue light driver have been fined R12 000 and R3 000 respectively by a Pietermaritzburg court, in relation to an accident in which six people were injured on the N3 highway near Durban.

MEC staying mum on blue light incident

2012-07-23 14:37

While Mpumalanga police have confirmed they are investigating an assault case against bodyguards for human settlements MEC Siphosezwe Masango, the MEC has refused to comment on the blue light incident.

Blue light shooter not guilty

2012-07-09 12:05
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A bodyguard to KwaZulu-Natal's former social development MEC Meshack Radebe has been found not guilty on six charges of attempted murder by the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court.

Blue light driver due in court

2012-06-19 07:44

The driver of a blue light vehicle accused of knocking West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira off his motorbike is due to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

Blue light accident hidden - DA

2012-06-04 16:02

The reported cover-up of a blue-light accident involving two of Gauteng health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe's security staff was shocking, the Democratic Alliance says.

MEC launches blue light probe

2012-04-21 13:51

KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu is to investigate the use of blue lights by all mayors, MECs and councillors in the province.

Crash deaths put spotlight on blue lights

2012-04-17 16:20

The head-on collision in which a top journalist and a VIP officer died in northern KwaZulu-Natal should "hit home" to provincial government authorities, the Democratic Alliance says.

Premier not helping teen blue light victim

2012-04-12 10:00
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Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has backed down on an earlier promise to help cover blue-light accident victim Thomas Ferreira's medical costs.

Don't politicise blue light crash - MEC

2012-02-23 08:20
276 comments

The collision in which a West Rand teenager was severely injured was an accident and shouldn't be politicised because a blue light vehicle was involved, Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi says.

Prosecutor to decide on blue light case

2012-01-12 19:48

The docket of the investigation into housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's driver, who allegedly hit 18-year-old Thomas Ferreira, has been given to a senior state prosecutor, police say.

Blue light campaigners take plight to UN

2012-01-03 22:32
78 comments

A lobby group trying to stop government ministers and other VIPs from using blue-light vehicles to move through traffic has accused the minister of transport of ignoring a public petition.

 

Blue light driver depressed - psychologist

2014-08-28 12:46

The "blue light" driver accused of knocking over teenager Thomas Ferreira is depressed, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has heard.

New lawyer appointed in blue light driver's case

2014-03-13 13:08

A new lawyer has been appointed to represent blue light driver Motsamai Semitjie, the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court has heard.

Mmemezi's driver found guilty

2013-12-03 13:21

Former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's driver has been found guilty of negligent and reckless driving, after knocking teenager Thomas Ferreira over in a 2011 accident.

COMMENT: Wild West shots new law?

2013-11-11 07:41

The saga of blue-light police cars, late-night stops, high-speed chases and a 'protocol' to be observed by police and public alike has raised more questions.

Blue light protocol: A life-saver?

2013-11-05 13:52

"By following this guide, you will immediately improve your chances of survival if they are real police," writes Wheels24 reader DAVID VIGILANT in response to the 'blue light' protocol.

Top cop: 'Blue lights? Don't stop!'

2013-10-22 09:24

Being pulled over by a 'blue light' car can be fatal in South Africa - it could be filled with crooked cops. The police commissioner has told us what to tell you to do... DON'T STOP!

KZN bodyguard scandal deepens

2013-10-17 12:13

Another former VIP bodyguard, who is now an aide to the KZN mayor at the centre of the latest N3 “blue light” shooting incident, is also a convicted criminal, it has emerged.

VIP officers who shot at driver in court

2013-10-15 09:43

Bodyguards protecting a KwaZulu-Natal mayor believed his life was in danger when they opened fire on a motorist on the N3 last week, their lawyer says.

Blue light victim negligent - driver's lawyer

2013-09-04 09:07
131 comments

Accident victim Thomas Ferreira should be prosecuted for reckless or negligent driving, not the driver of the blue light vehicle in the collision, according to a defence lawyer.

Diplomatic unit makes case against cyclist

2013-05-14 14:24
124 comments

The SA diplomatic policing unit has lodged a case against a Pretoria cyclist following a roadside assault which was posted on YouTube.

Taxpayers to pay for MEC's crash

2013-02-26 11:11

The Eastern Cape government has revealed that taxpayers will have to pay the R171 000 bill for finance MEC Phumulo Masualle's damaged car, according to a report.

Winnie incident: 3rd attempt to charge cops

2012-11-07 11:07
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Criminal charges have been brought for a third time against two policemen who were involved in an altercation with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her bodyguards two years ago.

Thomas Ferreira crash trial postponed

2012-10-04 10:44

The trial of the blue light driver who allegedly crashed into West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira has been postponed.

Mayor's driver caught going at 235km/h

2012-08-07 10:45
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The driver of Sasolburg’s mayor has been arrested after Free State traffic officers forced him to stop when they found him driving at 235km/h.

Probe MEC 'blue light' assault - DA

2012-07-23 19:41

The DA has called for a probe into allegations that an Mpumalanga man was assaulted by bodyguards of the province's housing MEC.

Alleged blue light assault in Mpumalanga

2012-07-23 08:42
88 comments

An Mbombela motorist has laid charges of assault against bodyguards for a senior ANC politician in Mpumalanga after they allegedly attacked him at a toll gate.

Blue light driver case postponed

2012-06-19 12:50

The case against VIP protection driver Joseph Semitjie, who is accused of knocking a West Rand teenager off his motorcycle, has been postponed.

Ferreira gets interim payment from RAF

2012-06-06 11:27

Thomas Ferreira, who was seriously injured last year in a crash with a government vehicle, has been given an interim payout of R870 000 by the Road Accident Fund.

MEC Mazibuko does not know her job: DA

2012-04-24 21:11

The DA has accused Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko of not knowing her job when she failed to respond to a question about the status of criminal charges against a blue light brigade driver.

Blue light driver to be charged

2012-04-19 09:30

The driver of the blue light vehicle that left teenager Thomas Ferreira in a coma, will be criminally prosecuted, and disciplined internally.

Top journalist killed in blue light crash

2012-04-16 23:28
213 comments

A well-known and respected journalist and a VIP protection officer have been killed in a head-on collision in KwaZulu-Natal.

VIP drivers should not speed - official

2012-03-27 20:05

VIP drivers for MECs should stick to the speed limits, a senior legal services officer has told the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court in an attempted murder trial.

Teen hit by VIP car 'recovering miraculously'

2012-01-23 09:24

Thomas Ferreira, the matric pupil who was critically injured after being knocked down by a blue-light vehicle in November, is reportedly making a miraculous recovery.

Blue light crash: Probe into driver ongoing

2012-01-09 19:31

Police say they are still investigating the driver of the Gauteng housing MEC who allegedly crashed into teenager Thomas Ferreira.

Teen hit by MEC's car recovering

2011-12-27 16:27

The teenager left brain damaged after being hit by a Gauteng MEC's blue light vehicle, is slowly recovering from a life-threatening infection.

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