December 29, 2015

VIDEO: Dead in crash in Culpible Homicide case with Ministerial car: Afrikaner farmer Herman van Schalkwyk

Video: Dec 25, 2015: A case of culpible homicide has been opened by police after retired traffic official and farmer, Mr Herman van Schalkwyk, 68, died after a ministerial vehicle from the Security Ministry crashed into Mr Van Schalkwyk's car


Dead in crash in Culpible Homicide case with Ministerial car: Afrikaner farmer Herman van Schalkwyk Dead in crash in Culpible Homicide case with Ministerial car: Afrikaner farmer Herman van Schalkwyk Dead in crash in Culpible Homicide case with Ministerial car: Afrikaner farmer Herman van Schalkwyk Dead in crash in Culpible Homicide case with Ministerial car: Afrikaner farmer Herman van Schalkwyk

The driver of purportedly the security-minister's official vehicle was injured. The accident occurred along the R33-road between Carolina and Amsterdam, in Mpumalanga. The son of the dead victim, Herman van Schalkwyk junior, described what he found when he arrived half-an-hour after the crash at the scene: "My father used to be a traffic official and never drove faster than 100km,' he told the 

Afrikaans news journalist at E-Nuus: interviews family members and shoots scenes of accident scene and condition of crashed cars: interviews in Afrikaans: 

Afrikaner farmer Herman van Schalkwyk killed in crash with Ministerial blue-light cavalcade of Security Minister David Mahlobo 



Report: Pauli van Wyk, 24 Dec 2015 Netwerk24.com

Dead in crash with Ministerial blue-light cavalcade: Farmer Herman van Schalkwyk, 15h00, Wednesday 23 Dec 2015.

Mr Van Schalkwyk senior crashed into the official government vehicle of a blue-light cavalcade reportedly containing Security Minister David Mahlobo, his body guards and his officials.

The accident with the Ministerial vehicle occurred on the R33 between Amsterdam and Carolina in the Lothair district in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

Mr Van Schalkwyk senior was enroute to his son Herman jr; daughter-in-law Marinda and their 2 children. 
The Afrikaner farmer -- known for the fact that he never drove faster than 100km/hour -- was driving from Nelspruit and reportedly was just setting out to try and pass another car
when a blue-light Ministerial vehicle loomed up and crashed into his. His body had to be removed with the 'jaws of life'.
Two reliable sources claimed that the South African government Minister was 'at the scene' when the second car in his blue-light cavalcade crashed into Mr Van Schalkwyk's vehicle.
However this was vehemently denied by his spokesman Brian Dube - speaking by telephone from his holiday spot overseas. However Dube did confirm that there had been a deadly accident 
with the ministerial motorcade. 
Herman Van Schalkwyk junior said he had arrived about half-an-hour later at the accident scene: his father was dead and his body was being removed with the jaws of life.
Herman jr also told his employer that 'the drivers and government officials who were in the ministerial vehicle got into a second ministerial vehicle and drove away from the accident scene.'
Reportedly, such behaviour "fits in the security protocols for government-motorcades - in which the standing orders are to " remove the Minister from the accident scene if there is an attack on his life'. 
Van Schalkwyk senior was known by his family as always driving between 80km and 100 km per hour - the farmer never drove faster. 
"The bluelight cavalcade was suspected of driving considerably faster'.. Netwerk 24 reported. "Herman junior was enroute to the mortuary to identify his father's body and Netwerk 24 was unable to speak to him at that stage, 
reported Netwerk 24 journalist Pauli van Wyk. 
The high-speed cavalcades by government officials are the scourge of South Africa whenever they use the roads -- often with total disregard for the safety of anyone else.
The late minister of public service and administration, Collins Chabane, died in March this year in Limpopo province when his cavalcade also was involved in an accident.
Translated from original Afrikaans report on Netwerk24 
inaccurate report of same incident by Sowetan daily newspaper: 

Pedestrian killed in accident with Minister Mahlobo's official vehicles

By Mpho Raborife | dec 24, 2015 |
A pedestrian has been killed in an accident involving one of State Security Minister David Mahlobo's official vehicles in Mpumalanga, the department said on Thursday.
Spokesperson Brian Dube could not immediately confirm whether Mahlobo was in any of the motorcade vehicles during the accident.
"I can confirm that one of the vehicles was involved in a fatal accident. It happened yesterday [Wednesda]," he said.
Dube said details about the deceased pedestrian were not immediately available, and he could not confirm where in Mpumalanga the accident happened.
He said the SA Police Service was investigating the matter.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala could not immediately confirm the accident.


Blue light VIP convoys a danger to society in South Africa:
Blue light convoy a danger to society
By Helen Zille nov 28, 2011
"THE bully brigade are destroying lives - and our democracy.
Friday, November 18, I signed the petition by Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) to ban the use of blue lights by security teams transporting politicians.
In so doing, I joined over 13000 South Africans who had already signed the petition at that point.
Public anger toward these speeding convoys - known as the "blue light bullies" - has become a national outcry. Enough is enough!
There have been numerous incidents of blue light bully brigades recklessly ignoring the law on our roads in contravention of the National Road Traffic Act, which states that blue lights may only be used in cases of emergency.
This provision is clearly being abused by self-important ministers and MECs, who think being late for a meeting or missing a flight constitutes an emergency.
It is just bad planning.
-- The latest tragedy in which matric pupil Thomas Ferreira, who is still in a coma after sustaining severe head and other injuries when he was hit by the official car of Gauteng MEC for Local Government and Housing, Humphrey Mmemezi, (which was jumping a red robot) is one of many documented cases of power abuse and lawlessness. Here are some others:
-- In June 2008, a VIP officer in Jacob Zuma's armed convoy fired three shots at the vehicle of an 84-year-old motorist, who was deemed a "threat".
-- In November 2008, a VIP officer attached to the KZN Social Development MEC's security detail, shot the tyre off a Mazda that did not move out of his way quickly enough, causing a head-on collision with a bakkie. At least six people were injured, but the MEC's driver simply sped off.
-- In January 2009, a VIP officer in Kgalema Motlanthe's cavalcade shot an unarmed motorist after he "got too close" in the traffic, and officers subsequently seized and deleted material from an SABC cameraman who recorded part of the incident.
-- In April 2009, a VIP unit officer on his way to collect the m ayor of Msunduzi, spat in the eye of a woman motorist.
-- In February 2010, UCT student Chumani Maxwele was arrested at gunpoint by President Zuma's VIP unit and detained for 24 hours because he allegedly gestured at the President's motorcade.
-- In October, the South African Human Rights Commission found police had violated Maxwele's rights by arresting and detaining him. In March 2010, I wrote to President Jacob Zuma requesting an urgent meeting regarding the abuse of power by blue light bullies on our roads after the arrest of Maxwele, and a separate incident involving an assault on journalist Tshepo Lesole by the President's VIP security unit.
The Presidency acknowledged receipt of my letter, but never acceded to the request for a meeting. 
After the Ferreira incident, I again wrote to President Zuma asking for his urgent intervention to put a stop to this lawlessness and force his cabinet to comply with the law. I have not yet received a response.
These incidents and apparent lack of concern by government, reflect a disregard for the rule of law and contempt for the public.
They are confident of being voted in at every election, so why should they worry about what citizens think? But the tide is turning fast, and President Zuma must take action before more people are hurt. People are increasingly realising that their vote is the voice a politician cannot ignore.
In the Western Cape, we have already taken steps to ban the use of blue lights by all government officials, including national ministers visiting the province, except in genuine emergencies.
Last year, our provincial cabinet passed a resolution which ordered that all blue lights and sirens be removed from the vehicles of provincial ministers. This was completed by Government Motor Transport on 24 November 24 2010.
The Western Cape government is also in the process of repealing the existing Provincial Road Traffic Act, which needs to be replaced due to the passage of both the National Land Transport Transition Act ("NLTTA", 2000) and National Land Transport Act ("NLTA", 2009).
The replacement of the provincial Act will allow the Western Cape Minister for Transport and Public Works to create regulations for the province within the structures of Section 146 of the Constitution.
These regulations are intended to promote road safety and will include banning the use of blue lights by all government officials, except in genuine emergencies.
The recommended processes on how to proceed when it comes to drafting this replacement Act, will appear before the provincial cabinet for consideration and approval this month. We believe the new regulations governing the use of blue lights will go a long way toward stopping the current abuse of power by VIP convoys.
Apart from the serious danger they pose to the public, blue light bullies are also a sign that politicians believe they are above the law. This attitude erodes democracy.
People in powerful positions must be the first to respect the law and lead by example. Blue lights have become a symbol of power abusers; the "Big Man" who believes power and authority are vested in his or her person, not in the office he or she temporarily occupies.
It is time for South Africans to show these self-styled and arrogant "celebrities" that they should be frightened of citizens, who will not hesitate to remove them from office if they abuse the power they were temporarily lent by the voters


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