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Cops thought Malema was a hijacker

Pretoria - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he was not in a car fitted with blue lights when a group of armed policemen stopped him on Grayston off-ramp in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. Karabo Ngoepe, News24

“That’s nonsense,” Malema told News24.

But asked if the car in front him was fitted with a blue light, he replied: “I can only speak for the car I was driving in…

“The off-ramp had many cars, so I don’t know which car are they referring to. They stopped my car and pointed guns at me and never mentioned blue lights to me,” said Malema.

News24 obtained the police report of the Sunday night incident when a group of armed officers stopped Malema at Grayston off-ramp in Johannesburg.

Police apparently thought his convoy was a blue light gang involved in hijackings. But after realising it was Malema, the police let him go without confiscating the blue light attached to the car.

The report stated that the car was followed from Soweto when an off-duty member of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department saw it. He followed the Golf 7 which was driving in front of a Range Rover until Grayston off-ramp when they were stopped.

“To drive in blue lights is a crime if you don’t have permission, so why was I not arrested? The car I was driving didn’t have blue lights,” said Malema.

Only three categories of cars allowed blue lights

Speaking to News24 earlier, police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said he could not say if Malema had permission to use a blue light because he cannot divulge any personal information that might compromise a person’s security.

Naidoo said there were only three categories of cars that were allowed to have blue lights – the SAPS, Metro Police and the military police.

“Only those three vehicles can be fitted with a blue light,” Naidoo said.

He said there were people who approached the minister to have blue lights fitted on their cars for safety reasons but would not be drawn into confirming or denying if Malema had done that.

“The one thing we don’t do is talk about security matters of any person that is being protected.

“Julius Malema can confirm it because it’s about him. Whether it’s about blue lights, 10 people or one person protecting them or whether they have R5’s or pistols, we don’t talk about anything about personal security,” he said.   

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