Was Malema allowed to drive with blue lights?

2016-04-07 12:29
Julius Malema (Screengrab)

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Pretoria - The police are tight-lipped over whether EFF leader Julius Malema had permission to drive with blue lights fitted to the car he uses.

News24 obtained the police report on the Sunday night incident when a group of armed officers stopped Malema at Grayston off-ramp in Johannesburg.

Police apparently thought his convoy was a blue light gang involved in hijackings.

But after realising it was Malema, the police let him go without confiscating the blue light attached to the car.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo told News24 he could not say if Malema had permission to use a blue light because he cannot divulge any personal information that might compromise a person's security.

Naidoo said there were only three categories of cars that were allowed to have blue lights - the SAPS, Metro Police and the military police.

“Only those three vehicles can be fitted with a blue light,” Naidoo said.

Naidoo said law enforcement agencies were within their rights to stop any car that has blue lights.

“If a law enforcement officer sees a vehicle that is unmarked, even me, I have an unmarked vehicle fitted with blue lights but I have been stopped by traffic officers when I used my blue lights.

“They pulled me off and asked for proof which I showed them my appointment certificate. A traffic officer is well within his right to stop an unmarked vehicle using blue lights,” said Naidoo.

He said each case involving blue lights is treated differently. He said there are people who approach the minister to have blue lights fitted on their cars for safety reasons but would not be drawn into confirming or denying if Malema had done that.

“The one thing we don’t do is talk about security matters of any person that is being protected.

“Julius Malema can confirm it because it’s about him. Whether it’s about blue lights, 10 people or one person protecting them or whether they have R5’s or pistols, we don’t talk about anything about personal security,” he said.  

Read more on:    police  |  eff  |  julius malema  |  johannesburg

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