NPA welcomes MEC bodyguard ruling

The National Prosecuting Authority. Picture: supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday said it will respect a Pietermaritzburg Regional Court ruling which cleared a VIP bodyguard of six charges of attempted murder.

Hlanganani Nxumalo, who was former social development MEC Meshack Radebe's bodyguard, was found guilty of illegally discharging his firearm.

Nxumalo’s colleague Caiphus Ndlela was convicted of negligent driving.

The charges relate to an accident on the N3 highway near Durban in November 2008.

Six people were injured in the incident.

Nxumalo and Ndlela were on their way to pick up Radebe from Hillcrest, so he could go inspect damage to infrastructure in Molweni, following a storm there.

During his trial, the former bodyguard claimed he fired warning shots in the air because the driver of the car in front of him had applied his brakes.

The case made headlines due to criticism around the use of blue-light vehicles for government officials.

KwaZulu-Natal NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said Monday’s ruling sends a message to those who abuse their power.

“It is important to realise that they were not found guilty on certain charges.”

The pair will be sentenced on July 26.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)