Blue light case delayed again

2010-01-22 00:00

THE trial of KwaZulu-Natal VIP Protection Unit members Hlanganani Nxumalo (29) and Caiphas Xolani Ndlela (36), arising from allegations that Nxumalo shot the tyre of a car in a blue light incident on the N3 in 2008, has again been delayed.

Nxumalo’s attorney, John Wills, said yesterday his client has decided to brief advocate Christo van Schalkwyk SC to represent him and requested a postponement for that purpose.

Ndlela is represented by advocate Jan du Plessis.

The two appeared briefly before regional magistrate Chris van Vuuren, who adjourned the case until June 21. The trial will continue again from October 4 to 6.

The two policemen face multiple charges arising from an incident in November 2008 when Nxumalo allegedly shot at a vehicle, a Mazda sedan, on the N3 near Ashburton after it had failed to move over in response to the blue light signal, causing an accident.

It is alleged that as a result of the shooting, the Mazda veered out of control across the N3 and collided with oncoming traffic on the opposite side of the highway.

Ndlela was joined as a co-accused in the case late last year.

The state alleges that as the alleged driver of the blue light vehicle, he is also responsible by having made it possible for Nxumalo to shoot at the Mazda and for allegedly fleeing the scene of the subsequent accident in which eight people were injured.

The accused face multiple charges of attempted murder, alternatively the unlawful discharge or reckless handling of a firearm, as well as reckless and negligent driving.

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