The Presidency refutes claims of motorist intimidation

The Presidency urged anyone with complaints about a VIP unit scuffle on the N12 at the weekend to lay a...

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The Presidency urged anyone with complaints about a VIP unit scuffle on the N12 at the weekend to lay a complaint with the Independent Complaints Directorate.

A motorist was allegedly assaulted after he came too close to President Kgalema Motlanthe’s motorcade.

The 25-year-old who was allegedly drunk ignored police warnings to move away from the president’s vehicle and crashed into them.

Police insisted that the man was not beaten up adding that he sustained injuries to his arm during the accident which he allegedly caused.

They said they were forced to fire warning shots to stop the man from fleeing the scene but Eyewitness News confirmed that the man was shot in the arm and was in a stable condition in hospital under police guard.

The presidency’s Thabo Masebe insisted that VIP members had not done anything wrong.

“If there are any complaints about intimidation or any other thing related to that incident, people have a right to take it up with relevant authorities in this case it would be the Independent Complaints Directorate."

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

One man, who wanted to remain anonymous, described what he saw when the incident occurred.

“We could see from across where we were standing bullet holes in the side of the car and the guy, when we saw him loaded on the stretcher we could see the blood wound on his shoulder."