We have posted on these blue light thugs on a number of occasions. Every minister and his gardener seem to have bodyguards and drivers today. UPDATE 18/11/2008 - Disgust, anger as VIP cop appears in court Public outrage is at boiling point after the court appearance on Monday of Hlanganani Nxumalo, 28, the VIP police bodyguard.
As in other banana republics these motorcades go tearing through neighbourhoods at double the legal speed limit with flashing blue lights with total disregard for any or all traffic laws or regard for the safety of fellow road users.
There is still not one single law or statute that makes this practice legal but it has mushroomed out of control and the authorities have just turned a blind eye on this illegal practice.
Lets hope this indecent will bring this illegal practice under the spotlight.
Read also; Will that be all, Sah..?
VIP cop nabbed for blue light shooting
Eight injured in blue-light shooting accident
UPDATE 17/11/2008 - 12 passengers injured after guard opens fire
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development Meshack Radebe’s VIP bodyguard will appear in court today on 8 charges of attempted murder.
UPDATE 19/11/2008 - Accused denied bail in "blue light" case
Durban - Police have opened a case of attempted murder after a motorist was shot at on the N3 near Pietermaritzburg on Saturday by a passenger in a car believed to belong to the provincial government's VIP unit.
Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that a case of attempted murder had been opened and police would be investigating the shooting incident on the N3 near Pietermaritzburg that resulted in eight people being injured.
Earlier Budhram said the eight were injured after the tyre of a Mazda was shot out by a passenger of a black Volkswagen Golf with a flashing blue light near Pietermaritzburg.
He said a black Mazda that was heading towards Durban was being followed by a police collision unit vehicle, when a black Volkswagen Golf with flashing blue lights sped up behind them.
The police vehicle pulled over to allow the Golf to pass, but "at that moment the driver of the Mazda could not pull over as he was passing a truck."
Budhram said that it is alleged that when the Mazda had then passed the truck and pulled over, a passenger in the Golf, which had dark tinted windows, wound down the window and shot the tyre of the Mazda.
"The driver of the Mazda lost control and his vehicle went into the oncoming traffic colliding with a bakkie in the north-bound lane."
He said that the Golf sped off and the police's collision unit vehicle could not catch up with it and the officers decided to render assistance to the injured.
Netcare 911 and ER24 reported that eight people were injured in the accident, four of whom were described as being in a serious condition.
Comment could not be immediately obtained from the driver of the Mazda, whose name and number are known to Sapa, as he was giving his statement to the police.
Budhram said: "It would appear to be a VIP vehicle." He said that the police's dog unit had been deployed and a spent cartridge was recovered from the accident scene.
KwaZulu-Natal transport spokesperson Nonkululeko Mbatha confirmed the incident, but could not immediately provide further details.
The KZN Democratic Alliance has condemned the N3 accident and called on the police to investigate the "blue light" accident.
"This incident is the worst display to date of the attitude that these blue light bullies are law unto themselves... treat citizens with disregard," said DA spokesperson, Randley Keys.
In May, an angry motorcyclist punched a KwaZulu-Natal provincial VIP driver after the VIP driver had crashed into the back of another car, seriously injuring its occupant on the N3 near Camperdown.
In April 2007 the Witness newspaper reported that its switchboard was flooded with calls from motorists who said they were pushed off the N3 by a blue-light convoy, identified as being that of ANC president Jacob Zuma.
It also reported at the time that a Pietermaritzburg man, Faizel Mooideen, had a rifle pointed at him and his family by security officers who tried to push them off a lane on the highway.
At the end of the same month a motorist used his cellphone to provide the newspaper with video footage of KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele's convoy doing 160 kilometres an hour on the N3. - Sapa
UPDATE 18/11/2008 - Disgust, anger as VIP cop appears in court Public outrage is at boiling point after the court appearance on Monday of Hlanganani Nxumalo, 28, the VIP police bodyguard.