Blue light shooting case: Cop cuffed in court

2008-11-17 00:00

THE policeman arrested for Saturday’s blue light shooting on the N3 was brought into court in handcuffs yesterday.

Constable Hlanganani Nxumalo (28) of the Alexandra Road police barracks, spent seven minutes trying to avoid looking at reporters in the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court.

The handcuffs were removed for a two-minute appearance in the dock, during which he was told by magistrate Thys Taljaardt that his case was adjourned until tomorrow and he must remain in custody. As he emerged from the dock he was handcuffed again and shuffled out as his shoes had no laces.

The state still has a lot of work to do to prepare its case.

That he was handcuffed was welcomed by courtroom spectators angry at the dangerous, bullying behaviour of blue light convoys.

The charge sheet lists eight people injured in the crash caused after a car’s tyre was shot out.

Nxumalo faces eight charges of attempted murder (not 12 charges as the police originally stated).

The people listed as injured are Angivasnen Moodley, the driver of the Mazda whose tyre was shot out, and passenger Nireshan Munsamy, as well as six people in the bakkie with which the Mazda collided.

The driver of the bakkie is Nundlall Singh, and his injured passengers are Joseph and Roman Magugula, Naresh Dookie, Louis Manic and Mzambisi Ngubane.

The case originated when Nxumalo, a member of the VIP protection unit on his way to fetch Social Development MEC Meshack Radebe, allegedly shot the tyre of the Mazda when Moodley was unable to move into the slow lane on the N3 to let Nxumalo’s vehicle pass.

The injured people were discharged from hospital on Saturday night.

Police said Nxumalo was a passenger in a black Volkswagen Golf with flashing blue lights.

Moodley’’s Mazda had five people inside while the bakkie had seven.

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