Blue lights: Cele slams ‘rude white drivers’

2008-04-27 00:00

The blue lights saga reared its ugly head again in the provincial Legislature last week.

The issue was the centre of the debate into the Transport Department’s 2008/09 budget.

MEC Bheki Cele said that as the result of the issue dominating the headlines last year, "a number of rude (especially white) drivers" were created.

Cele said the DA and the media were to blame for the upsurge of "rude white drivers".

"Since the issue started, we have been shown a lot of middle fingers by white motorists on our roads. These people are rude because whenever they see a blue light, they know that the vehicle is driven by a black," he said.

"Tell these white drivers that Africans have a right to rule. Nobody is breaking the law as these blue lights are allowed by the law."

Cele was responding to questions from DA MPL Radley Keys, who said that some MPLs continue to make a joke of the law by speeding.

He cited an example where he was among three members of a transport portfolio committee sub-committee who had to go to an accident scene at Dundee.

"We arrived at Ladysmith to be greeted by seven traffic vehicles manned by officers to escort three members’ vehicles. After discussions, [the number of traffic vehicles] was reduced to three. I was left in the dust … because the convoy had left at a hell of a speed and I kept to the speed limit and I was lost," Keys said.

He said the behaviour by some MECs who "break the law with impunity" and push motorists off the road is encouraging similar behaviour from other road users.

Cele slated Keys’s comments, saying: "If you were a musician, you would have been a kwaito singer, because the music just has no message. You should have refused to be escorted by the traffic officers. But, you did not and you enjoyed being escorted, but now you come and complain."

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