During the past two years the spectre has loomed over KwaZulu-Natal’s roads of a cavalcade of cars decked with blue lights accompanying prominent politicians at high speed and expecting other drivers to move out of the way. Adverse publicity in the media seemed to result in the exercise of greater discretion, but last week a flagrant fresh incident occurred on the N3 when the occupants of a solitary “blue light” vehicle not only forced another car off the road but stopped it and manhandled the driver.
Emergency services have to be respected and this includes acceptance that from time to time an ambulance or fire engine or police vehicle needs a siren to ensure precedence on the roads. Politicians and their bodyguards should not enjoy a similar right. Their claim to it is a dangerous and unsettling abuse of power.