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Cope calls for blue light review

2013-08-12 11:53

PUTTING AN END TO BULLIES: New regulations will hopefully ensure that ministers won't resort to putting drivers in danger when they’re in a rush to get to their next meeting. Image: SAPAPICS

JOHANNESBURG - A Parliamentary review of policy for the use of blue lights on state vehicles is needed, the Congress of the People (Cope) said.

COPE spokesman Johann Abrie asked: "What makes politicians of the African National Congress so special that they need blue lights and sirens to get to their destinations, polluting our roads in the process?"

He was responding to reports of two incidents involving blue-light vehicles.

UNAUTHORISED BLUE LIGHT CAVALCADE

The Saturday Star reported that Johannesburg metro police were being investigated for allegedly using an unauthorised blue light cavalcade to escort Zimbabwean police commissioner Augustine Chihuri to the Beit Bridge border in Limpopo.

The officers, who have not been charged, were being probed for travelling outside their jurisdiction in privately owned unmarked cars with blue lights and sirens blazing.

‘DROVE THROUGH A RED TRAFFIC LIGHT’


In the second case, The Star reported on its website that Limpopo agriculture MEC Rosina Semenya's Mercedes-Benz allegedly drove through a red traffic light in Polokwane.

Semenya's car, which displayed flashing blue lights without a siren according to an eye witness, allegedly crashed into another car. The driver of the other car was reportedly injured and taken to hospital.

Police said a case of reckless or negligent driving was opened but would not confirm or deny that the MEC was in the vehicle, the report said.

Makgotho said that she was not in the car at the time of the crash.

Abrie said Cope also wanted premiers of all provinces to order MECs, mayors and speakers to stop using blue lights and sirens unnecessarily.

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