ANC government and police must act on Blue Light Vehicle carnage

Kate Lorimer MPL

DA Gauteng Community Safety Spokesperson

On Monday morning another innocent civilian, Aslam Ibrahim, was almost killed by South African Police Service (SAPS) VIP unit members recklessly driving a blue light vehicle.

The reports show that the driver of the VIP vehicle and his partner did not even bother to check on the well-being of Ibrahim who was still trapped in his car which had rolled a number of times after being hit by the Blue light vehicle.

The response of National Police Media Spokesman Colonel Tummi Shai that SAPS VIP units may not stop at accident scenes, is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. These police members drove recklessly, caused an accident, injured a civilian and were not transporting or protecting anyone at the time.

In terms of sections 58 and 60 of the National Road Traffic Act, vehicles being used for civil protection must, if they are going to disregard traffic signs and speed limits, firstly “drive the vehicle with due regard to the safety of other traffic” and secondly, they must use their blue lights and their sirens.

An example must be made of the SAPS VIP unit members involved in this incident. Their reckless and callous behaviour is unacceptable and must be challenged.

Over and over again I have asked Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to take action. I have submitted a motion to regulate the use of blue lights in the province, but the ANC refused to allow a debate in the Gauteng Legislature. How many innocent civilians must be injured or killed before the ANC Government and the SAPS take the matter seriously?

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