SA's blue light row to face UN?

2012-01-04 09:07

A lobby group that wants to stop government ministers and other VIP's using blue-light vehicles to move through traffic has accused the minister of transport of ignoring a public petition demanding he take action against the convoys.

Howard Dembovsky, chairman of Justice Project SA, said the petition, containing 46 646 signatures, was "hand-delivered" to the offices of the national department of transport on December 1 and the minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, was given until December 31 to respond.

Dembovsky said: "As a result of Ndebele's inaction a letter has been drafted and delivered to the World Health Organisation at the United Nations."


A spokesman for the transport ministry acknowledged receipt of the petition and told Sapa that the minister would respond in due course.

JPSA is lobbying against blue-light vehicles after a Krugersdorp teenager, Thomas Ferreira, 18, was injured in November 2011 when the car transporting Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi, went through a red traffic light.

A blue flashing light was the only warning to motorists that the high-speed luxury car was not going to stop.

Ferreira, who was knocked off his motorcycle, is recovering but has sustained brain damage.


  • lawrence.twala - 2012-01-04 10:44

    People have so much time in their hands

      Peter - 2012-01-04 11:46

      @lawrence: Thomas Ferreira certainly has, now...

      markdoubleu - 2012-01-04 12:41

      @lawrence If no one takes the time, our self-important politicians and bully-boy police will become increasingly blasé about ignoring the law and trampling all over the citizenry's rights.

      James - 2012-01-04 17:28

      You are part of the problem. My move to the US 35 years ago was very smart.

      jacques.pretorius1 - 2012-01-04 18:46

      Wonder if you would have made the same statement if it was your daughter or son that was involved in the accident . . .

  • Kelly - 2012-01-05 09:31

    Lawrence I am sure if you are lying in a coma in hospital you will ONLY have time on your hands because you would not be able to move your hands - if this was your mom brother or sister or wife I am sure you will make time for your hands.

  • Mark - 2012-01-05 14:16

    @Lawrence - Stop wasting time and get back to the madams garden.

  • riaan.v.rensburg - 2012-01-05 15:49

    I've never seen so many of them parasites while driving past Bloemfontein to Pretoria on the N1, almost as if there is a gathering of some sort in Bloem ... be warned - when in Bloemfontein, stop at every green light. Those bloodsuckers do not like to be late for their parties.

  • Kon Karatouliotis - 2012-01-16 00:17

    Initially the report stated that the minister wasn't in the said luxury vehicle???? Was this established or not?? Looks like another cover up!!!!

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