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The motorcade of KwaZulu-Natal public works MEC Lydia Johnson, pictured, was was involved in a five-car pile-up on the N3, near Durban's Pavilion shopping centre, emergency workers said yesterday.
Four people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Johnson was not injured.
Johnson was on her way to Pietermaritzburg for the State of the Province speech by KwaZulu-Natal premier Sbu Ndebele. Her convoy of limos was reportedly driving at speed, with blue lights flashing.
Radio reported that the motorcade came across a slower-moving vehicle in the fast lane of the busy highway.
The lane was briefly closed while rescue workers and traffic police attended to the accident.
ER24 said the incident highlighted the public's concerns about motorcades carrying politicians.
The use of blue lights and sirens appeared to be a common practice, even in the absence of an emergency. Officials travelled at speeds of up to 200kmh, said ER24 spokesman Neil Noble.
Though it has been claimed that the speeding is a security measure, Noble asked why it was necessary when armoured cars, armed bodyguards and the police were available to provide security.
"Surely they are more likely to die in an accident [if they are speeding]," he said. - Sapa