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Police Confirm Zuma Blue Light Vehicle Killed Pedestrian


Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News – 21-11-2016

Following the presidency’s denial that President Jacob Zuma’s convoy was involved in a fatal car accident, police have confirmed that a member of the presidential protection unit was involved in the crash in which a pedestrian was killed in Pretoria.

The presidency says it was alerted to the accident by a tweet reportedly by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba.

In a statement the police’s Mashadi Selepe confirmed that a 59-year-old man was knocked over by a police-owned vehicle.

“The driver of the police vehicle, a member of the Presidential Protection Unit, was on duty at the time of the accident, which was attended to by police members on duty. A case of culpable homicide is under investigation and the police driver will give his full co-operation.”

Selepe says while the police official was on duty, reports claiming that the accident occurred while the vehicle was in a ‘blue light convoy’ are completely incorrect.

“The car was not part of a convoy at the time of the accident and there was no dignitary present in the vehicle or being transported in a convoy.”

Mashaba, however, conceded that the president himself was not in the convoy.

“The president absolutely wasn’t there, but it is one of his vehicles and I think it’s important that the sooner they can get the details of this vehicle, the better so that this can help ease the pain that the family is going through.”

Selepe says the driver was co-operating with police in the investigation of culpable homicide.


Twitter: @FaizelPatel143


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