Blue-light crash puz­zle

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CARYN DOLLEY

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.

caryn.dolley@inl.co.za

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