‘I’m tired of speedsters’

2012-11-20 00:00

A SOUTH Coast magistrate has threatened to suspend licences of motorists caught speeding in Scottburgh, saying heavy traffic fines were clearly not working.

Scottburgh magistrate Geel van Aarde yesterday said: “I sit here every Monday and issue heavy fines and threaten to suspend licences, but come next week I will take them away.”

This after issuing hefty fines of up to R20 000 to five speedsters who had been caught speeding on Sunday and yesterday morning.

“I just give up because it is as though people don’t listen or learn — and for some reason this Sezela, Scottburgh, [N2 stretch of road] is famous for speeding, despite the fact that traffic officers always sit here and catch them. The speeds I fine people for are just totally and hopelessly unacceptable. I see the other side as well, which is the death toll on the N2 caused by what happens when people speed like this,” said Van Aarde.

“For some reason this is a nice stretch of open road to speed on, and for another strange reason coming up to Christmas, and don’t ask me why, people start speeding more,” he said.

Speeding fines handed down by Van Aarde yesterday included a R20 000 fine or six months in prison for Edmond Hughes (44), who was caught doing 202 km/h on Sunday. He paid R4 000 immediately and will pay R4 000 each month until his fine is paid in full.

Navin Dayanand (37), who was doing 197 km/h on Sunday, was fined R20 000 or six months in prison. He paid R4 000 immediately and will pay R1 500 a month until the total is paid.

Mkhanyisa Bernard Cele (28), who was caught doing 182km/h on Sunday, was ordered to pay R8 000 or serve four months in prison. He paid R5 000 immediately and the rest was deferred must be paid by January 30.

Beauty Magwaza (35), who was caught doing 175km/h, was fined R6 000 or three months in prison. She paid R2 000 immediately and will pay R500 a month.

Lundi Timakwe (29) was caught doing 174km/h on Sunday and was fined R4 000 or four months in prison. He paid R1 000 immediately and owes the rest in R500 amounts.

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