DA accuses MEC of speeding without cause

2009-10-16 00:00

ECONOMIC Development and Tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu was allegedly seen breaking the speed limit in his blue-light convoy on the N3 yesterday.

DA caucus leader John Steenhuisen tabled a motion in the Legislature alleging that he spotted Mabuyakhulu speeding on his way to the provincial parliament.

“While travelling on the N3 between Durban and Pietermaritzburg earlier (yesterday), the MEC’s black Range Rover and an escort vehicle, both of which were using blue lights, tore past me way in excess of the speed limit. The MEC was not late for the (Legislature) sitting, nor was there a life-threatening emergency,” it said.

Steenhuisen called on MECs to refrain from using blue lights unless there is a dire emergency.

Mabuyakhulu’s spokes­­man, Lennox Mabaso, said the MEC denies he was speeding, adding that Steenhuisen should have reported it to traffic officers.

“It is interesting to learn that [Steenhuisen] has scaled the uncharted heights of innovation such that he can detect the speed limit. Even worse, the new measure of calculating speed limits in our days is whether one drives past a member of the DA,” said Mabaso.

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