Blue light victim fears intimidation

2013-10-11 00:00

THE latest victim in a blue light shooting on the N3 said he fears for his life after police took all his details, but knew “little about the shooter”.

Wynand (who does not want his full name published) claims he was the victim of alleged “cowboy cop” gunfire when he was shot at more than five times on the N3, apparently by members of the VIP protection service, on Tuesday.

Wynand said all his details are with the SAPS and he is afraid that the VIP protection services officer, who was using a government-registered vehicle, could access his information and try to intimidate him.

“I no longer use my company vehicle to drive home because it is extensively branded and easily identifiable,” said the salesperson.

The 24-year-old, who is engaged, said he will not “let this rest” until the suspect is arrested and charged.

“If this man so easily shot at me — who posed no threat to the VIP they were travelling with — he wouldn’t hesitate to do it again,” said Wynand.

Authorities are scrutinising N3 traffic camera footage, which holds the key to the identity of the alleged VIP protection services bullies.

Wynand’s crime was not moving out of the way fast enough to give way to the VIP unit vehicle catching up with a white Prado, which was apparently carrying a mayor.

Although the VIP vehicle was fitted with a blue light, the light was not used in the incident, which happened just after the Mariannhill toll plaza, close to the M13 exit.

However, at an intersection shortly thereafter, Wynand saw Metro police cars with flashing blue lights and the VIP’s Corolla, who he approached, but the Metro officer refused to arrest the officer who allegedly shot at him.

Metro Police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said they have started to conduct an internal investigation as to who the officer was.

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