MEC guards in toll-gate attack?

2012-07-24 09:02

The Democratic Alliance has called for a probe into allegations that an Mpumalanga man was assaulted by the province's housing MEC's bodyguards.

"Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza must investigate the allegations against human settlements MEC Siphosezwe Masango and his 'blue light bully'," the DA's Anthony Benadie said on Monday. The DA also advised the premier to relieve the MEC of his duties.


Benadi added: "The premier [should] suspend Masango from all official duties until the SAPS has concluded the investigation and, depending on the outcome, release MEC Masango from duty."

The man who claims to have been attacked, Gert van der Merwe, 38, told Beeld newspaper that Masango's white Mercedes with flashing blue lights sped past cars waiting to pass through a toll gate last Thursday morning. "The car passed oncoming traffic at high speed, crossing over a solid line," he told the newspaper.

Van der Merwe apparently stopped behind Masango at the tollgate and shouted that the driver was reckless. He said Masango's car stopped when the boom closed in front of his car.

Van der Merwe told the newspaper: "When I wanted to pay, I saw the driver and another man get out of the car. They walked to my car and shouted: 'What is your problem?'"

One of the guards had a pistol in his hand and the other had pepper spray. Van der Merwe said he got out of his car to confront the pair, at which time a third person, believed to be Masango, also got out of the vehicle.


Van der Merwe was allegedly hit on the head and pepper-sprayed. He reportedly ran towards the Kaapmuiden police station, about 400m from the toll gate, chased by the bodyguards. Beeld published a picture of Van der Merwe running with two men behind him.

Read the original story in Beeld.

Incidents involving 'blue light' cars have made headlines in the past year.

A bodyguard for KZN's former social development MEC Meshack Radebe was found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm and his colleague was found guilty in July 2012 of negligent driving. The bodyguard shot the tyre of a Mazda near Camperdown, resulting in the driver losing control and colliding head-on with a bakkie. Eight people were injured in the 2008 incident.

The driver of Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's VIP vehicle knocked West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira off his motorcycle in November 2011, leaving the youth with brain damage and in need of long-term rehabilitation. Loud promises of financial help from the province have not been kept.

The DA has banned the use of blue lights for MEC;s and cabinet members in the Western Cape and has called on Mabuza to do the same in that province.


  • riotousr - 2012-07-24 09:31

    Run Gert van der Merwe, run for your life. Why did you get out of the secure confines of your own vehicle in the first place, run. You should have minded your own business. Being white does not make you the lord of all drivers black. Blue light, green light, red lights and yellow lights are meant to tell any reasonably K53 qualified driver something. Let us hope you learnt something today. It could have been worse, bro.

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-07-24 10:13

      they themselves are not above the law either, and they are supposed to set an example, if you really want to follow the law, then, even with emergency lights on they cannot go more than 20km above the marked speed limit of the area, and can only when safe, make moves to overtake - that is also common sense, which most of them lack anyway.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-24 10:32

      Who's this riotousr twat?

      alan.jerrold - 2012-07-24 11:50

      I cannot believe you support this arrogant, criminal behaviour by people that are supposed to be public servants. What kind of a person ARE you?

      badballie - 2012-07-24 11:58

      RIOTOUSR:- the reason this country is so bad off, is people like you, but thanks for being a good argument for legal abortions anyway.

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-24 13:36

      you're an idiot and a typical example of an ANC sheep... baaa baaa baaa

  • craig.b.johnston.7 - 2012-07-24 12:20

    typical of these cowards.takes three of them,armed,to take on one.throughout history till today,nothing changes.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-07-24 18:44

    They were not really in a rush or pressed for time because they had time to confront, attack and chase.

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