Blue light shooting: Hearing postponed to January

2009-08-26 00:00

KZN VIP Protection Unit members Hlanganani Nxumalo (29) and Caiphas Xolani Ndlela (36), who face multiple charges arising from allegations that Nxumalo shot at a car on the N3 after it failed to respond to their “blue light” signal to pull over in November 2008, appeared briefly in the regional court yesterday.

The case was postponed for trial to January next year.

It was Ndlela’s second court appearance — he was joined as a co-accused in the case only last month.

The state alleges that as the alleged driver of the “blue light” vehicle he is responsible for having made it possible for Nxumalo to shoot at the victims’ car and for fleeing the scene of the accident that followed.

It is alleged that as a result of the shooting, the car veered across the N3 and collided with oncoming traffic. Eight people were reportedly injured.

The accused were en route to fetch Welfare MEC Meshack Radebe from his home.

They 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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