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By unknown | Apr 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

IFP chief whip Koos van der Merwe has urged the national director of public prosecutions, Vusi Pikoli, to launch an investigation into reckless driving by ministerial motorcades.

Last year Van der Merwe lodged a complaint with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) about the speeding convoy of Transport Minister Jeff Radebe. He said that the convoy's drivers flouted traffic laws and were a danger to other road users.

Now he wants the NPA to investigate the convoys of Radebe and KwaZulu-Natal public works MEC Lydia Johnson, whose convoy was involved in a road smash earlier this year.

His request comes in the wake of complaints about the speeding motorcades of KwaZulu-Natal premier Sbu Ndebele and ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma.

"These complaints centre on the excessive speeds at which the convoys travel, attempts to push other motorists off the road, reckless overtaking and the indiscriminate use of sirens and blue emergency lights," said Van der Merwe.

"In my opinion, all of the above are extremely dangerous and constitute gross negligence and reckless endangerment."

Van der Merwe urged Pikoli to conclude the investigation swiftly and reveal what steps the NPA planned to take against politicians' convoys that transgressed the traffic laws.

"The NPA must prosecute offenders, irrespective of who they are," he said.


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