Drunken driving: Cape law students nailed

2011-10-21 14:23

Pretoria - Final year Western Cape law students often approach the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) to review decisions to prosecute them for drunken driving, it emerged on Friday.

Addressing law students at the University of Pretoria, NDPP Menzi Simelane said some students even hired lawyers to persuade him to review and drop the decision to prosecute.

"I have refused in every single case."

Very often the students had been caught for drunken driving after celebrating passing their law exams.

He did not specify which Western Cape university had the most law students approaching him to review the decision to prosecute.

He warned the students that a first time drunken driving conviction would leave them with a criminal record as well as ruin their careers before they had even started.

  • Bokfan - 2011-10-21 15:25

    How much did it cost Jack Danielson Mthembu or Judge Mothatha. The law is the law except if you are a member of the anc

  • Nic - 2011-10-22 09:28

    so um leonard, you have never in ur life driven a car after having more than one drink?

      Dorothea - 2011-10-22 12:08

      you are such a south african. you guys need to seriously spend some time in other countries. it is possible to have a healthy respect for the law. you should try it sometime.

  • Vuyo - 2011-10-22 16:18

    Wouldn't it have been great if he applied this same hard nosed approach in Zuma's case?

  • Gail - 2011-10-22 16:22

    Good one. This is where it must start, with the lawmakers themselves. How can they convict others when they themselves drive drunk? That is total hypocrisy. THINK before you drink BEFORE you drive - you could end up killing pedestrians or cyclists and wasting your years of study paid for by your parents who may have used their houses as collateral. NO EXCEPTIONS SHOULD BE MADE THAT WASTE TAXPAYERS MONEY IN ENDLESS APPEALS. Drinking and using substances which alter judgement are NOT extenuating circumstances if you commit a crime such as murder, rape or have an accident which results in the death and maiming of others.

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