MEC launches blue light probe

2012-04-21 13:51

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu is to investigate the use of blue lights by all mayors, MECs and councillors in the province, SABC radio news reported on Saturday.

He tabled guidelines and regulations on the usage of blue lights in the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

This comes after journalist Tim Ncube and a VIP protection officer were killed in a head-on collision in Kwamsane.

The two were travelling in opposite directions on the N2 on Monday night when the accident happened.

The officer was driving a blue-light vehicle that formed part of King Goodwill Zwelithini's cavalcade.

Two other passengers in his car were seriously injured.

Ncube had one passenger in his car who was also seriously injured.

In November 2008, two members of a blue-light VIP Protection Unit, Constable Hlanganani Nxumalo and Caiphus Ndlela, appeared in court after Nxumalo allegedly fired shots at a car on the N3 near Ashburton. Six people were injured.

  • Neville - 2012-04-21 13:59

    Misuse of power who is the king , i am going to get blue lights when i drive with my dog,

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-21 14:05

    There is no need at all for blue lights, who do any of these people think that they are. WTF is a king in any case, or a minister, just a person with skin, sticky fingers and expensive taste.

      Shirley - 2012-04-21 14:15

      And big gravy stains!

  • Christopher - 2012-04-21 14:08

    They love launching probes! What's the bet nothing comes out of it...It's just an excuse to have tea and biscuits with your other idiot municipality mates....I will bet on this one!! any punters out there?

  • Shirley - 2012-04-21 14:08

    If this probe is like all the others then its another dead end!!! A bunch of losers trying to feel important!

  • Chad - 2012-04-21 14:23

    Blue light deaths, teen rape, ex cricketer murdered.... And what does President JZ have to say?...... Nothing!!!! Too busy getting married for the sixth time... SA has a headless horny chicken running the country!!!!!

      Sedick - 2012-04-21 16:53

      He is busy having a shower......

      Genet - 2012-04-22 11:50

      Spot on!!!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-21 14:34

    The only people who need VIP protection are the Prezident and Vice President of the country and even that protection should be limited to two protection vehicles. It is correct to protect your countries president/prime minister and is done world wide but the whole self importance of our politicians and the perceived threats they face are ridiculous. Most of the time, they are simply unable to plan a diary to allow for traveling between appointments. Being late is disrespectful and rude but it is the norm in Africa. And anyway, just who are all the politicians scared of that they need to have armed guards all the time? Last I looked we were a democracy not the wild west!

  • Sheik - 2012-04-21 14:39

    The position of the Zulu King as a Leader ended at Rouke's drift. The position of King is only kept by the ANC to get Zulu votes. As for blue lights, that should only be used by the police.

  • Ally - 2012-04-21 16:53

    Jeeeeez, how long has it taken for the idiots to realise that the blue light brigade is a killer on the road? Just simply BAN THE USE OF BLUE LIGHTS except by police in an emergency.

      carpejugulim - 2012-04-22 06:42

      Ally even in an emergency a blue light doesn't give you right of way

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-21 17:57

    waaaahahahaha who you trying to bulldust

  • Patsy - 2012-04-21 20:12

    Too little, too usual. How many deaths and seriously injured victims are needed before someone does something?

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