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Outstanding traffic fines, really?

07 January 2013, 06:49
When is something outstanding.  I think when it is legally due or a court has ordered that payment must be made.  I do not pay traffic fines because they are not legally due.

Do not get me wrong, I do not break the law.  Generally I receive 2 or 3 traffic fines per year and in most cases these fines I receive are because there are no clear signs showing the speed limit and as such I get caught.

However, under the criminal procedure act, I have a right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.  A mere image received in the post does not make the fine outstanding.  All it says is that I have chosen not to admit guilt.  Every time I receive these images in the post, I make representation to the prosecutor to rescind the fine.  Law enforcement cannot be outsourced to private enterprise, but rather it is preserve of the State.

In Gauteng, where there has been experimentation with AARTO, JMPD has been sending fines unlawfully via ordinary mail instead of registered mail as prescribed in the AARTO Act.  if you admit guilt to these fines, you are gullible.

Prove in court that I was guilty of breaking the law, then I will pay

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