Drunk bus driver arrested

2014-09-07 21:02

(Nielen de Klerk)

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Johannesburg - A bus driver was arrested for allegedly being drunk behind the wheel while transporting maidens on Sunday from the annual reed dance in Nyokeni, KwaNongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, the provincial transport department said.

"The bus driver was caught as traffic police were conducting an operation which was ordered by MEC [Willies] Mchunu as part of intensifying enforcement to vehicles transporting maidens," the department said in a statement.

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) confirmed the bus driver was over the legal limit when caught, and had no professional driving permit.

The driver was taken to Benedictine hospital for further blood tests, then driven back to Nyokeni by a traffic officer.

Mchunu, the transport MEC, applauded the RTI for their excellent work.

"The arrest of this bus driver will send a clear message that as government we are serious about rooting out all elements that put the lives of maidens and other road users at risk during the annual reed dance."

All those who undermined traffic rules would not be tolerated on the roads.

"Since Thursday, I have ordered intense operations in all roads leading to the Nyokeni Royal Palace," Mchunu said.

Over 94 buses were stopped on Saturday as part of the operations and those found to be faulty were taken off the road.

Last year 10 people were killed in a bus crash after the reed dance.

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