Kate Lorimer MPL
Spokesperson on Community Safety
The DA in Gauteng challenges Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to follow the example set by the Western Cape to put an end to the blue light carnage on Gauteng roads. Government officials and VIPs abusing blue light vehicles could face a fine or jail time once new draft Western Cape transport regulations are adopted.
The most high profile incident to date involved former Gauteng Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi’s blue light vehicle skipping a traffic light and knocking matric pupil Thomas Fereirra off his motorbike on the West Rand. In October last year Aslam Ibrahim was almost killed by police VIP unit members recklessly driving a blue light vehicle.
Western Cape Transport and Public Works Minister Robin Carlisle gazetted the new draft regulations for public comment on Friday which would prevent politicians from using blue light brigades in the province unless they can prove that there is an immediate security threat.
Gauteng has become a playground for blue light bullies.
I challenge the Premier to demonstrate her commitment to ending their reign of terror in order to protect the public from their abuse.