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Blue-light bully fined R12 000

2012-07-26 20:22

Hlanganani Nxumalo, former kwaZulu-Natal social development MEC Meshack Radebe's then bodyguard, has been fined R12 000, along with a four-year suspended sentence, for illegally discharging his firearm.

His colleague Caiphus Ndlela, charged with negligent driving, has been fined R3 000. The charges are related to an accident in which six people were injured on the N3 near Durban in November 2008.

CONFLICTING OPINIONS

During his trial Nxumalo claimed he fired warning shots in the air because the driver in front of him had applied his brakes but the prosecution disagreed, claiming Nxumalo's decision to fire caused Anuvasen Moodley, the driver of the other vehicle, to lose control and veer across the highway into oncoming traffic. His car collided with a bakkie.

Nxumalo and his co-accused insisted the accident was caused by Moodley's refusal to give way to their vehicle.

Nxumalo was given a four-year suspended sentence in addition to the R12 000 fine (or four years in jail). Ndlele was fined R3 000 (or two years in jail) and given a two-year jail term, suspended for two years.

Magistrate Chris van Vuuren said this was “bullying”, saying “get out of the way of blue-light escorts”. He said he was aware of the public’s anger over blue-light escort cars but would not be persuaded by public opinion and punish Nxumalo and Ndlela for what their colleagues had done.

Comments
  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-07-27 09:57

    And I guess he wont end up paying the fine himself...

      merven.halo - 2012-07-30 14:05

      And the judge will probably be fired for some stupid reason.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-27 12:47

    Due to their high standing and respected position in South African society, they must naturally be considered exempt from adhering to any of the laws applicable to the lowly public, who strangely enough, voted them into power originally, with the misplaced opinion, that they would then gratefully govern to the advantage of the people, and not accumulate and protect their wealth, with the ferocity of a wounded predator. Their extreme importance and value to the country, as well as their inordinately heavy schedule of effectively governing the country, also affords them the privilege of racing along our freeways with blue lights and sirens, at recklessly high speeds, close to 50% over the speed limit, and shooting to kill, any innocent motorist, also using the freeways that their tax money paid for. In the event of any fatal accidents, it is claimed that getting a politician to his important meeting on time, far outweighs the death of an insignificant motorist. Further, any motorist obstructing their headlong dash, was regarded as a serious safety risk to the life of the VIP in transit.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-27 12:57

    The public should protest en mass, until Blue Lights and high speeds on public highways are completely banned. They were never necessary in previous Government, and are not necessary now. A Neanderthal and primitive practise followed by Africa's dictators. Who the hell do theses politicians think they are. They all stuff up the country through their corruption, stupidity, and not fit for the job experience and qualifications. Why endanger the public’s life for such a bunch of useless ignoramuses.

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