In another twist involving the public protector’s office‚ the Minister of Co-operative Governance an.
The serious blue-light incident on the N3 goes much further than the accident, the serious injuries and the arrest of one police officer.
There is also the matter of legal costs. If the officer acted on his own, without any sanction from higher authority, then the employer is not responsible for the costs.
But if he acted with the sanction of the employer, then the employer should be held equally responsible and should also be charged.
There have been frequent claims that government decisions are not the sole responsibility of an individual minister or an MEC, but are based on a "collective" decision - presumably by the ANC/SACP/Cosatu alliance.
If it is a decision by the "collective" to continue operating the "blue-light" arrogance and the bully-boy tactics that go with it, is this evidence that Mosiuoa Lekota was right when he claimed that the alliance has become arrogant in its attitude?
If the ANC is sincere about not being arrogant, then it should immediately abandon the high speed, unsafe, blue-light tactics and officially announce it publicly. After all, such tactics by politicians of whatever rank do not belong in a democratic society. They are signs of arrogance practised in dictatorships.
VA Volker, Pietermaritzburg