Alleged blue light assault in Mpumalanga

2012-07-23 08:42

Johannesburg - An Mpumalanga man was allegedly assaulted by the bodyguards of human settlements MEC Siphosezwe Masango, according to a report on Monday.

Gert van der Merwe, 38, was attacked at the Nkomazi tollgate on Thursday, Beeld reported.

Van der Merwe told Beeld how Masango's white Mercedes with flashing blue lights sped past cars waiting to pass through the tollgate on Thursday morning.

"The car passed oncoming traffic at high speed crossing over a solid line," he reportedly told Beeld.

Pistol and pepper spray

At the toll gate Van der Merwe stopped behind Masango and he shouted that the driver was reckless. He said Masango's car stopped when the boom closed in front of his car.

"When I wanted to pay I saw the driver and another man get out of the car. They walked to my car and shouted: 'What is your problem?' " Van der Merwe said.

One of the guards had a pistol in his hand and the other pepper spray.

Van der Merwe said he got out of his car to confront the pair, at which time a third person, believed to be Masango, also got out of the vehicle.

Van der Merwe was allegedly hit on the head and pepper sprayed.

"I knew I needed to get away and I pulled myself free."

He said he ran towards the Kaapmuiden police station which was about 400m from the tollgate. The bodyguards ran after him.

Beeld published a picture showing Van der Merwe running with two men behind him.

Assault charge laid

In the meantime a traffic official from one of the accompanying cars led Masango from the scene and shortly afterwards the bodyguards returned and sped off.

Van der Merwe laid an assault charge at the police station and received medical attention.
The MEC's office did not respond to Beeld's enquiries for comment.

Violence used by blue light brigades have made headlines during the past year.

Earlier in July, a bodyguard for KwaZulu-Natal's former social development MEC Meshack Radebe was found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm and his colleague was found guilty of negligent driving.

The bodyguard shot out the tyre of a Mazda car near Camperdown, resulting in the driver losing control and colliding head-on with a bakkie. Eight people were injured in the accident in 2008.

The driver of Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's VIP vehicle stands accused of knocking West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira off his motorbike.

The November 2011 accident left Ferreira comatose, brain-damaged and in need of long-term rehabilitation. He spent weeks in a coma after the accident, and faces expensive, long-term rehabilitation.

  • warren.slater.353 - 2012-07-23 08:52

    Being a public servant really has lost its meaning

      ackwell - 2012-07-23 09:13

      It was changed to public SAVAGE due to their lack of brains !

      GeorgeHumble - 2012-07-23 09:40

      Actually the citizens became the governments servants.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-23 10:46

      Kgolane, a minister who needs a bodyguard isn't worthy of his position. A citizen justifying these bully tactics is either brain dead or just another serf.

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 10:49

      @kgolane.thulare: And you're a classic a..hole

      sean.venske - 2012-07-23 11:24

      @kgolane while your comrade ministers and their ilk rape this country for their own benefit you laugh at a man for having the balls to stand up to these blue light thugs. tjo tjo tjo what a shame you comrades cant wake up and see what is really happening. when the lawmakers declare themselves above the law it is a sad day for a democracy

      kgolane.thulare - 2012-07-23 13:27

      @Sean...He should have take the Number Plates and reported the matter to the neccessary authorities, like any other mature gentleman. He took the decision to be the hooligan , who shouts comment out of his window, and even got out his car to confront the Bodygaurds...!!! No Minister is above the law...jus as no Loud Mouth is above a Lekker Warm Klap..!!!

  • Korathias - 2012-07-23 08:59

    "Masango was apparently late for a memorial service for victims of a truck accident." and he was driving recklessly. Sigh

      philani.goba - 2012-07-23 09:27

      always late - be it service delivery, be it school books..and as it seems even memorial services. ist sad that every Dick,Zipper and Harry in gov thinks they are more important than other people.

      clive.wannenburg - 2012-07-23 09:39

      Late or bad time managment??? In my eyes just another fairler, something must be done about these Blue light thugs or you will soon hear of them been gunned down.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-23 09:00

    By being late for an appointment and allowing his driver to behave like a pig Masango has made his problem someone else's problem. Why does he even have a driver? Does he deserve to have one? I suppose he has bodyguards too - to protect him from the people he is supposed to serve. He is nothing but a public servant, not a god. Let's see some meaningful action here - and not in a years time (like Memezi in the Ferreira case) must road users live in constant fear of being mown down by these pigs?

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-23 10:21

      The irony is that his bodyguard, protects him from fellow ANC comrades assassinating him to get his position. They have made a law to protect them from each other lol! Ordinary citizens do not even know who their MECs are, let alone want to harm them.

      bruning.vankriekenbeek - 2012-07-23 10:35

      Bless being "late for an meeting" is the usual contrived rubbish excuse. These are a bunch of hooligans with an almighty ego problem attempting to show how damned important they are.

  • Gordon20 - 2012-07-23 09:01

    If he is an MEC he is above the Law...........!!!!

      grant.hide - 2012-07-23 09:19

      Not for long, Thanks to News24 and many others making apps for phones and so on, Only stupid people could let this carry on. Come SA, lets change together. One for all, and all for one.

      grant.hide - 2012-07-23 09:21

      They say the west undermined and influenced the uprisings. I believe the internet came along and opened peoples eyes.

  • sagren.padayachie - 2012-07-23 09:04

    A minister being reckless on the road,because he is rushing to a memorial service for victims of a truck accident!!!! IDIOTS

  • eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 09:04

    Banana republic. Military rule. These people are a disgrace to this country. Mandela did not even use a escort when he PRESIDENT. Who do these MECs' think they are. They are government employees, and as such we as tax payers pay their salaries. I love this country, I just hate some of the people that make it such a horrilble place to live in.

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 09:26

      Msendi, You are a chop. If the MEC and his frigin bodygaurds had acted in a way that a well mannered, self respecting, and a person with respect for others does behave, none of this will, or should have taken place.

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 09:53

      @Msendi, go bury your head in the sand. Those blue light brigade drivers were driving dangerously, putting other peoples lives at risk (those other people could just as well be your parents or your wife and children). If any of your family got hurt or killed, would you still feel the same?. Yes, van der Merwe did hurl verbal abuse at those blue light drivers, but I certainly don't think he would have if everyone just acted in a civilised manner. My question still remains - WHY MUST A MEC OF PROVINCE HAVE A BLUE LIGHT BRIGADE?

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 10:12

      @ Msendi. Go apply a position in government, you should climb the ladder very quickly.

      Kuno - 2012-07-23 10:48

      @msendi, you may missed the point that someone in fact tried to get the other side of the story, however as usual the government department is not available or has not responded to questions. Guess they still have to find out what their side of the story should be.

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 10:52

      Well said Kuno!!

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-23 09:05

    These guys don't like the term "public servant" He is the Chief and no one should dare question him. He doesn't listen to you, you listen to him... or else ...The law is there for his subjects, not for him.

  • manningi1 - 2012-07-23 09:08

    You are wasting your time moaning about these idiots. Rather find a way to stop paying taxes to cut off their flow of cash.

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 09:20

      Now that's what I'm talking about. Avoid paying these @$$holes by avoiding taxes. Rather give your money to a good accountant to screw the government

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-23 09:44

      THE WAY THEY ARE MANAGING THIS COUNTRY THEY WILL CUT OFF THE TAXES THEMSELVES-businesses will do badly with the new labour laws coming. they will control who you can appoint even in the smallest business.,--and off course whites won't be appointed. They will "gradually" nationalise your business instead of the quick nationalization and it will be simply called a new labour law as to fool the outside investors. Racism and attacks on whites by blacks will increase at a rapid pace now, as they gain more confidence to rule by the law of banana eaters.

      kgolane.thulare - 2012-07-23 13:45

      @manningi1,@eddie ....Wow !!!...thats a great idea, lets stop paying taxes, so ministers wont get paid....i mean that is the best idea iv ever heard, why has nobdy thot of that, 2MORO we stop paying taxes so that Ministers stop getting paid...thats sure to fix all our problem!!!...someone give this guy a bells...he's a genius...!!! ...ofcos doctors, teachers and police services can go without funding for a while, and we dont reeeally need electricity, sewerage, transport, fire, health, and water the more i think about it the better it sound...!!!...this guy should be the Minister of Finance...!!!

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 14:28

      @kgolane.thulare: Absolutely right. All those services you mentioned don't exist ANYWAY. I can't rely on the police to protect me, that's why I have to spend money every month on 1. armed response (ever tried calling 10111 in an emergency?). 2. medical aid and hospital plans (been to a state hospital lately?) 3. riots taking place all over the country due to poor service delivery (some people have no running water or power, or don't you listen to the news, or only listen to news you prefer to hear?) 4. thats why I have a generator due to power outages (ESKOM squanders the money away on fat bonuses for the big chiefs) GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND AND YOU WILL SEE. WHEN WILL YOU PEOPLE EVER WAKE UP. Oh I know, when there is absolutely nothing left (just look at the countries north of our borders), then you'll wake up and ask, what happened?

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 14:33

      kgolane.thulare: Did you maybe hear of the education crisis. CHILDREN DON'T HAVE TEXT BOOKS!!!. Any idea what private education costs. Tell you what. I'll give you a R100 so you can buy a radio and listen to the news on conditioon that I can quiz you daily.

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 14:44

      kgolane.thulare:- Driven on any secondary roads lately? That' why I now have a 4x4 with lifted suspension. Where does all the money go that's supposed to spent on maintaining our roads? I know, the question is, do you?

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 15:39

      @kgolane.thulare: I'll have a double bells in a tall glass, lots of ice and still water, thanks.

      kgolane.thulare - 2012-07-23 15:39

      @eddie im saying, stopping paying Taxes will fix when do suggest we start this NO PAYIN OF TAXES that ministers wont get paid???....'s my concern about our great idea, when do we start paying again?... dude you have medical aid, a generator, a 4*4, and 24 hour armed response !!!! ....kudos!!! all you need is Plane ticket to Australia mate.

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 16:05

      @kgolane.thulare: Did I mention that I don't like this country? As I said earlier, I love this country, I just hate the @$$holes that make it a miserable country to live in. ps. I will gladly pay taxes when what I'm paying for gets delivered and not promised. pps. Almost every single household in my neighbourhood and beyond have all the things I've listed, not to be fancy or show off, but out of necessity. Believe me, I would much rather save and invest my money than spend it every month on all these things.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-23 09:12

    His late. But still finds time to assault and argue with people.

      gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-23 10:28

      The way banana eaters of this banana republic thinks is that he wasted 15 minutes on this citizen that should actually kiss his feet and ass---he will make up the time by just driving faster with the blue lights flashing and scare some more law abiding citizens. An addition to the blue light rule of use must be a law that will require the user to write a report whenever he used it and for what reasons, and it must be published in the newspapers. if he used it for the FUN of it, it will be taken away from him if found that he abused his powers or privileges. What will happen if we all start to take the law into our own hands like these blue light banana eaters.??

  • tebogo.kwape.1 - 2012-07-23 09:15

    the slammer awaits boys..

      stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-23 10:24

      Yes, probably for the motorist who laid the charge against the MEC, it is the motorist fault that the MEC drives like a chop, nevermind that he and his crew can get more people killed.

  • iceman196 - 2012-07-23 09:21

    stinking savages, awesome weekend of sports and they have to come and ruin our high spirits

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 09:28

      Yeah. just when you are proud to be a South African, these @$$holes come spoil the party and bring you back to the real South Africa.

      iceman196 - 2012-07-23 09:32

      @eddie, unfortunately thats how these filthy politicions are, they only think of themselves, stuff everyone else, ask the school kids in limpopo

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-07-23 09:25

    Abuse of power,let him sue them

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-23 09:32

    F****ING bastards, who do these ANC fat cats think they are GOD!!!

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-07-23 09:35

    Time to stop blue light on the roads we are equel before the law no one can run morethan others on the roads lets respect the law

  • eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 09:39

    Will we ever have another Nelson Mandela again? I'm 99% sure he would've put a stop to this lunacy.

      eddie.quequinfouche - 2012-07-23 13:27

      Well, I see I'm getting a few thumbs down here, probably from non ANC supporters. Suprise suprise, I'm a HNP supporter a make a financial contribution to the party every single month (and I know where my money is being used and for what). What I'm saying is, when Mandela was in charge, we did not have this cr@p. He lead from the front, not the lame ducks we've had since Mandela left office. If you can't keep members of your own party under control, what are you doing in that office. I can bet you a months salary that Zombie Zuma will not utter a word about this. Just brush it under the carpet like all scandals and incidents before this.

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-07-23 09:42

    Late for an appointment??? I do not think so, probably running from his responsibilities ( like all ANC members ) for lack of " respectable human setlement" in Mpumalanga ( Pilgrims Rest for example )

  • tom.vorster - 2012-07-23 09:42

    Another one of DD Mabuza's thugs in action.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-23 09:59

    with the way these bodyguards behave it would be so easy to distract them and go for the target - these guys seriously think they above the law and are seriously not bodyguard material, s-e-r-i-o-u-s-l-y! Well done Van Der Merwe, someone needs to bring attention to these idiots who are just for show and don't know how to properly protect anyone .... running after someone who simply 'vloeked' them lol

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-23 13:39

      Shhhhhh!!!!! Who's side you on? That sort of thing may come in handy some day.

  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-23 10:02

    ANC government: They're abusing power on the same scale as the apartheids government, but they 1000x more corrupt.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-07-23 10:03

    Sheer arrogance!If this was an emergency how did they find the time to stop, confront the man, and still chase him? Interesting to hear the statement from the perpertrators?

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-23 10:05

    I don't give a damn who you are (top brass) or who you are protecting (guards). These guards must be put on their place and so does the provincial government as well as the top. It is an absolute disgrace how they constantly put the civilian’s lives at danger and abuse of rights just to prove what big shots they are; having no regard for the laws of this country, so-calledly represented by the very people who they are protecting. If the protectors are so lawless what example are you setting SIS! Sir/Madam at the top, for as long as you need to use a toilet and toilet paper, it means that you are just as human as me. If you want respect, you have to earn it and not by means of fear and threats, but by decency and being an example as a person. Saying no to wrongful doing and reprimanding those working under you. For the guards who believe they are Recce’s well think again, you are nothing but a low life snail, if you do not respect others around you. Even the old Recce’s that don’t have a heart, has got more discipline than you lot.

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-07-23 10:05

    Dear Comrades, let us all remember that though some maybe more so, we are still, in fact, all equal. (you'll forgive me for being cynical)

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-07-23 10:06

    The ANC's paid thugs terrorizing citizens again - the people should band together to stop this abuse of power and those thugs should be named, shamed, fired, then charged for with grievous bodily harm and put away.

  • Giuseppe Antonio Greco - 2012-07-23 10:16

    they must try that with me ill f***ken shoot them the c**nts

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-23 10:43

    Well this is South Africa and we have to realize that we have nothing to say. We have a very strange sort of democracy, it only counts for some of us.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-23 13:41

      Its spelled "DEMOCRAZY" on democracy.

  • Bobbysoxer - 2012-07-23 10:53

    Kgolane, you are the idiot. A big fat thumbs to Van D Merwe for standing up to the bullies of the blue light brigades. Shame on you for rejoicing the issue, you should be ashamed of yourself. You were probably a school yard bully yourself.

  • Michael - 2012-07-23 10:56

    Well, when you're transporting thugs around SA, you need thug drivers, to protect your thuggishness by committing thuggery. Thugger rhymes with buggery, have you ever noticed? The same way Masongo rhymes with "I should come forward and defend the person/people I'm supposed to serve, but I won't cos I'm a thug." The same way "ANC" rhymes with "corruption"

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-07-23 11:20

    It is high time this filth that is used as drivers by these government officials get hammered and fired. Those vehicles belong to the taxpayers of South Africa.If those drivers assault people and the MEC sees it and he does not do anything about it he is just as guilty, and being a senior official, he should be arrested at the scene. The big snag is that nothing gets done about it.

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-07-23 11:24

    if a person walks towards me with a weapon drawn, i will exercise my democratic right to self defense and shoot first and ask questions later. Too many bogus blue light criminals out there to take a chance.

  • hannes.helberg - 2012-07-23 11:26

    To me it is really cleat that the MEC was not late (else they wouldn't be bothered by being "harassed" and promptly continue their journey) Another thing I fault to understand is why do he need bodyguards? A driver maybe because maybe he don't know how to operate an automatic vehicle. But we all know that MECs don't actually do work, they just have meetings. And if they really feel threatened, they should ask themselves the question as to why they would harmed, maybe because they are making decisions for their own pocket and not the benefit op the people they are suppose to serve? Clearly they don't have the faith we are asked to put into the SA Police Force.

  • johann.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-07-23 12:14

    "Leadership is not a right – it’s a responsibility." -- John Maxwell

  • johann.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-07-23 12:14

    "Leadership is not a right – it’s a responsibility." -- John Maxwell

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-07-23 12:20

    On Friday night at about 11 one of these fools was speeding and going through red traffics lights on William Nicol. What important bussiness would there be at 11pm on a Friday??? There is a complete abuse of power regarding these blue lights

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-23 13:43

      Happy Hour at Monte Casino!!!

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-07-23 12:29

    Dont the toll gates have cameras? Would be nice to see the video evidence to stop all this procrastinating

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-23 13:45

      Yes but how much you want to bet it goes missing! I can hear it alrady, "oh sorry but that camera has been malfunctioning , we have service call out on it but they only coming to repair it next week."

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-07-23 15:38

    Effing animals. They should be put out of our misery

  • david.eccles.182 - 2012-07-23 23:13

    Regardles of power, if you black you getaway with anything. Sadly this is a fact. whites have no chance in this place

      riotousr - 2012-07-24 12:18

      You can go home

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-24 01:52

    They would not dare to try that silly stuff with Chuck Norris.

  • adolph.soer - 2012-07-24 08:26

    But this shows us exactly what is going on in this \lawless\ country where our leader think they can do just what they want

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