Cop nabbed over VIP car shooting

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development Meshack Radebe's VIP bodyguard will appear in court today on 12 charges of attempted murder.

The bodyguard, who cannot be named, was a passenger in a VIP vehicle travelling on the N3 national highway near Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, that allegedly caused an accident in which eight people were injured.

The VIP Volkswagen Golf was speeding and flashing blue lights behind a black Mazda, with six occupants, heading towards Durban.

The driver of the Mazda could not pull over as he was passing a truck.

A guard in the VIP car fired a shot, hitting the rear tyre, causing the Mazda to careen onto the opposite lane and collide head-on with a vehicle travelling towards Pietermaritzburg.

A total of 12 passengers, most of them children, were injured and taken to hospital. Four of them are in a serious condition.

The suspect handed himself over at Camperdown police station on Saturday night and was charged with 12 counts of attempted murder.

Police spokesman Hendry Budhram said: "The South African Police Service condemns outright the action of this individual member.

"The SAPS is a professional organisation and expects its members to act and behave professionally at all times."

Meanwhile, Radebe could not comment on the incident and referred enquiries to the SAPS, saying the suspect is an employee of the police wing.

"It is sad that people were injured and are in hospital," he said. "I condemn the incident and I am planning to visit them in hospital soon."

MEC for transport MEC Bheki Cele refused to talk to Sowetan and referred us to his spokesman Nonkululeko Mbatha, who was, however, not available.