Blue-light crash puzzle
SEVEN months after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade was involved in a crash in Milnerton which saw a police officer injured, it is still not clear what has become of the investigation into the incident.
Over two weeks neither the provincial nor the national police and Hawks provided answers on whether a reckless and negligent driving probe had been completed and if anyone had been held accountable.
The crash occurred on February 12, when the deputy president was being driven from the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, where President Jacob Zuma was participating in the Presidential Golf Challenge.
Ramaphosa was not in the vehicle involved in the crash.
At the time the national Hawks said a private VW Polo apparently skipped a red traffic light and smashed into the lead vehicle of Ramaphosa’s cavalcade on the corner of Blaauwberg Road and the R27. A police officer fractured his wrist in the crash.
But a witness who approached Weekend Argus said the traffic lights had been green for the private car when the lead car in the motorcade crossed the busy intersection. The witness said the motorcade had been using its blue lights, but there were no sirens.
Weekend Argus sent a query about the crash to the provincial media centre. It advised the query be sent to the national media centre.
National police spokesman Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said he would look into the matter, but did not provide an official response about the crash.
National Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi did not respond to emailed queries about the incident.