VIP drivers: another incident on N3 as convoy cuts motorist off

2009-03-06 00:00

MECs’ convoys have again come under fire in KZN, following a collision on Wednesday involving a luxury vehicle transporting KZN Agriculture MEC Mtholepi Mthimkhulu.

The collision on the N3 is alleged to have occurred after the MEC’s driver “cut off” a motorist travelling in the slow lane. Both the MEC and his driver have denied speeding, the use of blue lights and cutting off a motorist, said DA KZN spokesman for Transport, Radley Keys.

“Where there is smoke there is fire — the acknowledgement by VIP drivers that they do abuse their positions and the blue lights does not favour MEC Mthimkhulu’s denial … The alleged abusive language used by the VIP driver following the collision reflects thuggery rather than a professionalism we demand of our police,” he said.

Keys said he is appalled at the number of VIP drivers that have been charged with offences.

“More than 100 VIP drivers have been charged with offences, including murder, attempted murder and rape. While the DA recognises that they are innocent until proved guilty, one has to question whether an aggressive disposition is a pre-requisite or a hazard of the job.”

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