A member of the VIP protection team of KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development Meshack Radebe appeared briefly in the Camperdown magistrate's court on eight attempted murder charges yesterday.
Police Constable Hlanganani Nxumalo, 28, was told he would remain in custody until his next court appearance on November 19.
Nxumalo, of the Alexandra Road police in Pietermaritzburg, allegedly shot out the tyre of a Mazda on the N3 near Camperdown on Saturday morning.
The driver lost control of the car, veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a bakkie. There were six people in each car and eight were injured.
Yesterday Nxumalo silently faced a barrage of press photographers.
His light brown shoes were without laces and he was handcuffed the moment he left the dock. No evidence was led since the state needed time to investigate the charges against him.
According to the charge sheet the injured were the driver of the Mazda, Angivansen Moodley, Nireshen Moonsamy, Nundlall Singh,Naresh Dookie, Joseph and Roman Magagula, Louis Manic and Mzambusi Ngubane.
According to police spokesman Superintendent Henry Budhram the black Mazda was heading for Durban and was being followed by a black police Volkswagen Golf witha flashing blue lights.
The police hailed the driver of the Mazda to stop but he could not since he was overtaking a truck.
When the Mazda had passed the truck a passenger in the Golf shot out one of the Mazda's tyres.
Political parties in the province condemned the incident. On Sunday the Democratic Alliance called for Radebe's resignation. Radebe was not there when the incident took place.
In May an angry motorcyclist punched a KwaZulu-Natal provincial VIP driver after the driver crashed into the back of another car, seriously injuring its occupant on the N3 near Camperdown.
In April 2007 the Witness newspaper reported that it was flooded with calls from motorists who said they had been forced off the N3 by a blue-light convoy. - Sapa