KZN’s gun-toting VIP protectors: IPID must investigate

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

DA Leader in KZN

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to conduct a full probe into yesterday’s N3 incident  which saw VIP protectors allegedly take aim and fire repeatedly at a motorist  caught between their vehicle and one believed to be transporting a Mayor in the province. Reports suggest that the affected member of the public managed to escape injury.
Nevertheless, this is a very serious incident. The IPID must investigate this incident immediately, and if it is found to be true the relevant VIP protectors must be removed from their positions and face criminal charges.

The DA is extremely disturbed by this. It is difficult to establish how the motorist posed a threat.  In KwaZulu-Natal, VIP Drivers have become synonymous with gun toting cowboys.  Rather than getting in their way, most motorists usually move out of the way as quickly as possible.

In the DA-led Western Cape the use of blue lights has been banned. Government officials do not deserve to be treated above normal citizens on our roads.

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal has consistently called for the reigning in of officials, in particular VIP drivers, and for the banning of “blue light” brigades which have already claimed the lives of several people.

This kind of arrogance by those in power is not acceptable in a democratic society.