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'Blue light' charge saluted

By Mhlaba Memela | Jul 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE DA has applauded police for charging the "blue light driver" implicated in a shooting incident in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands last year.

VIP escort driver Constable Caiphus Xolani Ndlela was charged with attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving with passenger Hlanganani Nxumalo, who faces six charges of attempted murder.

He is accused of firing shots at a car that failed to move out of the fast lane, leaving six people seriously injured.

The car's driver lost control, swerving across the median on the N3 highway near Camperdown and colliding with an oncoming vehicle.

Ndlela and Nxumalo appeared in the Pietermaritzburg regional court on Thursday.

The case was adjourned to August 28 to allow their legal team to obtain statements made by witnesses.

DA KwaZulu-Natal transport spokesperson Radley Keys commended the justice system for taking a tough stance on the matter.

Keys said his party was satisfied by the new developments.

"We always maintained that the VIP driver would have to have been working in collusion with the unit member who fired the shots," he said.

Nxumalo is out on bail and Ndlela was released on his own cognisance.


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