N3 shooting: MEC’s silence another lost opportunity

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature / DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety

 

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is disturbed by provincial Community Safety MEC, Willies Mchunu’s silence following last week’s blue-light related N3 shooting.

As MEC, he is accountable for the conduct of protection officers.  He is also responsible for ensuring that a ban on KwaZulu-Natal’s Mayors using blue lights is upheld.

The MEC’s failure to publically condemn last week’s incident, which saw protection officers allegedly shoot repeatedly at a motorist, is yet another opportunity lost in the fight to uphold the rule of law in this province.

While the DA welcomes the recent suspension of both protection officers we are alarmed by the revelation that both have criminal records, with parole conditions that prevent them from using or carrying a firearm.  This is in direct conflict with their roles as VIP bodyguards and we will be asking questions around their appointments.

 

The DA has consistently called for an outright ban on the use of blue lights in this province and for the reining in of so-called “blue light bullies”.  It is outrageous that road users should feel threatened every time they are approached by such a convoy.

Last week’s incident again points to an urgent need for strong leadership from the MEC.

The DA is committed to pursuing this matter both provincially and through council.  This abuse of power must come to an end.