Presidency defends blue light convoys

The Presidency stated that it was satisfied with the way members of the VIP Protection Unit dealt...

A patrol vehicle of the South African Police Service. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

The Presidency stated that it was satisfied with the way members of the VIP Protection Unit dealt with a scuffle on the N12 highway on Saturday.

Officers claimed a drunken motorist disrupted President Kgalema Motlanthe’s convoy and came too close to the president’s vehicle.

The motorist and one of the convoy vehicles then collided.

Shortly after the accident it was alleged that the man was assaulted by one of the convoy’s officers.

An Eyewitness News reporter was also threatened with arrest when he tried to get comment from the VIP members.

The Presidency’s Thabo Masebe said he believed the officers did nothing wrong.

“We are very satisfied with what they did, and all what they did on Saturday is in line with their own operational outlines and we are quite satisfied that they carried out everything within those guidelines."