Athol Trollip MPL
Eastern Cape Provincial Leader
The DA will demand a full investigation into the death of a pedestrian who was mowed down by the blue light bullies of Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC Zoleka Capa last week.
The family contacted the DA to ensure that there is not cover-up in this matter and those that are responsible for this ghastly deed are brought to book.
It is alleged that MEC Capa’s Audi Q7 collided with Nomvume Dabula (77) in the Mount Frere CBD last Wednesday (23 April).
My colleague in the legislature, who sits on the Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security, Bobby Stevenson, will be tabling a set of parliamentary questions about the incident. On the face of it this a a clear case of negligent and reckless driving. A case of culpable homicide should be opened.
The blue light bullies are not above the law. They are not permitted to drive at excessive speeds. The MEC must take note that her position does not excuse her and her brigade to break the law. In the DA-led Western Cape we have introduced legislation to curb blue light brigades.
MEC Capa has a social responsibility as a public representative, elected by the people, to be an example of how a responsible, law-abiding citizen should act. Her claims that she was not in the vehicle at the time, does not make her less culpable in this tragedy. She should not have allowed her convoy to drive at excessive speed.
We are shocked and horrified by this unnecessary death of one of our citizens and extend our deepest sympathy with the family of Mrs. Dabula.