Most Gauteng government’s traffic fines unpaid

2012-06-23 09:04

The majority of traffic fines issued to senior politicians and their departments in Gauteng went unpaid because official vehicles were exempt.

An unnamed traffic prosecutor said most of the fines issued to provincial vehicles were cancelled, the Saturday Star reported.

“But the problem is that these fines still get issued and in the end they are cancelled once the drivers themselves, who are exempt from prosecution, make us aware of the relevant fines.”

In the past year, Economic Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu received fines of over R130 000.

Her office responded that a policy was in place which held the driver accountable for payment of each fine.

Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi’s department was issued with nine traffic fines amounting to R6 750, while Mmemezi’s own vehicle incurred fines of R6 250.

His office said fines were returned to the traffic authority with affidavits so that the fines could be reissued to the driver responsible.

Chairman of Justice Project SA Howard Dembovsky said the electronic national administration traffic information system did not recognise exempt drivers and vehicles.

This meant issuing fines to politicians was “an administrative waste of time and resources”.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.