SAPS Commissioner mum on blue light brigade investigation

Anthony Benadie MPL

DA Provincial Leader

50 days have passed since the DA requested Mpumalanga SAPS Commissioner, Lt Gen Thulani Ntobela to investigate the incident of the blue light brigade, involving the SAPS Chaplain Col. Simon Moyane, who allegedly blocked ambulances transporting injured passengers after an accident on the N4 outside Middelburg, on 3 September 2014. To date no response has been received.

The accident claimed the lives of six passengers, five of which burnt to death when the colliding vehicles burst into flames. Ms Bernine Booysen was the critically injured patient being transported in the ambulance which was blocked by the blue light brigade.  She tragically passed away in hospital later.

While confirmation has been received that Brigadier Adolph was appointed as the investigating officer and has questioned eye witnesses, police officers and journalists, no report has been forthcoming. The DA established at the time that the black Lexus being escorted by a SAPS vehicle with flashing blue-lights to by-pass the accident is registered in the name of L.H. Moyane, the Deputy Director General of the Mpumalanga Department of Education.

While the DA wrote to the SAPS Commissioner, calling on him to immediately suspend the Colonel pending the outcome of an investigation into his conduct, this has not happened.

On 4 October 2014, the Middelburg Observer published an article (click here) stating that the police had claimed that they were rushing to the scene and that the black Lexus assisted them in keeping the lane from being blocked.  Furthermore, Brigadier Adolph was appealing to members of the public who might have witnessed the incident to come forward and assist with the investigation.

In the interest of justice, the DA echo’s the SAPS call for additional eye-witnesses who may have information to assist in this investigation to come forward and contact the investigating officer.

The DA will once again write to the SAPS Commissioner requesting a progress report on this matter.