DA to conduct parliamentary probe into KZN’s speeding MECs

George Mari, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA

Today, the Democratic Alliance submitted detailed parliamentary questions to KZN’s Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, following last week’s incident which saw provincial COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube and her entourage pulled over for speeding and using a blue light in what was not an emergency situation.

Police records show that the MEC was driven in a private vehicle, blue lights flashing, between Hidcote and Pietermaritzburg on the N3 – at an average speed of 160km/h – a fact which she earlier denied.

The DA regards the MEC’s behaviour as an insult to the safety of other road users.  In failing to instruct her driver to slow down or to turn off the blue lights, she has shown a complete disregard for others.

The DA will today submit the following questions to the Transport MEC;

With regard to traffic fines for speeding and other traffic infringements obtained by the MEC for COGTA Hon Nomusa Dube-Ncube please indicate;

  • How many fines have been issued to vehicles transporting the MEC in the past two years?
  • What was the speed recorded in each incident? (provide copies of photos taken by the cameras used)
  • What was the fine issued in each incident?
  • When and where were the incidents recorded?
  • Have the fines been paid? If so, by whom?
  • Who instructs the driver to speed?
  • Why was the driver speeding in each incident? (provide reasons in each case)
  • How many of the fines were for private vehicles transporting the MEC? (provide list of each incident and fines obtained)

According to the rules of the KZN Parliament, MEC Mchunu must answer these questions within the next two weeks.

Last week’s incident comes despite ongoing assurances by both the Premier and Transport MEC that the provincial cabinet only use speed or blue lights in an emergency situation, which this was not.

In view of this, the DA will this week submit further questions to the Transport MEC in which we will pose the same questions with regard to all KZN MEC’s and the Premier.

There can be no excuse for such high-handed conduct.  We expect MEC Dube-Ncube to be held accountable and we expect the Premier to lay down the rules to his own executive committee.