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Most Gauteng govt's traffic fines unpaid

2012-06-23 15:19

Johannesburg - The majority of traffic fines issued to senior politicians and their departments in Gauteng went unpaid because official vehicles were exempt, according to a report on Saturday.

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.

Chairperson 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".

Comments
  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-23 15:36

    Simple, remove any exemption and make the relevant politician pay. Then let them recoup the money themselves. See how quickly they learn to drive properly.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-23 15:42

      I also want to be exempt. Why must I pay and they don't?

      Robin - 2012-06-23 16:07

      They dont pay so i dont pay

      BulletProof. - 2012-06-23 16:20

      Why politicians have to pay fines? They are SUPER HUMAN? BEINGS they are above the law and above any South African that vote for them. If I seat on a God's place I have all privileges and nobody below me can have my rights, because I AM a SUPER HUMAN BEING.

      Andre - 2012-06-23 16:45

      We are all equal, but some are more equal than others!

      mlucejko - 2012-06-23 20:31

      I cannot believe what I am reading.. "Official Vehicles are exempt traffic fines" so these people can speed as much as they like, park where they want, jump robots etc etc and they won't be fined ??? So what happened to 'All are equal under the law' ?? Oh, I forgot the ANC and their buddies are 'Law unto themselves' !! The rest of us don't matter ...

      grant.hide - 2012-06-23 22:33

      Another National Crisis: 1 People: 0

  • Theo Ferreira - 2012-06-23 15:37

    What a waste if time and effort. Also, the only govt. vehicles exempt from traffic rules should be emergency services. Getting to and from work, flights or meetings are not emergencies, why in earth should traffic rules not apply to these people? Exempting them condones lack of respect for others on the road and will perpetuate dangerous situations.

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-06-23 15:38

    F@!#%$CK

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-06-23 15:40

    Are they also exempt from murder, rape and corruption? I thought that the law is applicable to all of us, regardless of who you work for? Animal farm..

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-23 19:36

      Johan, many members of the anc government have exactly those "attributes". They are some of the qualifications that are required when applying for a government post.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-23 15:40

    Do these idiot senior politicians all think they are Gods because official vehicles are exempt from obeying the rules of the land ?? I despise the ANC !!

  • Henk - 2012-06-23 15:52

    Then I will also not pay. They are not above the law, or are they?en

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-06-23 16:02

    What a bloody cheek!

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-06-23 16:15

      how do i register my vehicle as a government vehicle? i would like all my fines scrapped!

  • BulletProof. - 2012-06-23 16:06

    You know why? They all think they are above the law and our ANC government are a bunch of crooks.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-23 16:08

    No Bloody hell, They get away with murder.

  • Wizcom - 2012-06-23 16:15

    We really do live in a banana republic where anything goes and the rule of law is nothing but a joke. These people who think they are above the law are only attention seakers: sad as they are only seen as idiots!

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-23 16:21

    NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW! For F@ck sake! And no national or provincial policy can negate the law. Simple as that! DA TAKE THIS TO THE COURTS FOR A REVIEW. This is just plainly ridicolous! If the driver of the vehicle is doing so in his officially appointed capacity, then his employer is responsible and accountable. DA DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!

      BulletProof. - 2012-06-23 17:09

      The problem is the ANC have so much fall outs everyday that the DA doesn't have man power to sue them.

      Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-23 17:53

      @ BulletProof: And you are, sadly, correct of course. What a pitiful state.

  • zamani.myende - 2012-06-23 16:41

    Gauteng govt's vs Durban metro traffic fines. Who wins?

  • Andre - 2012-06-23 16:51

    If all the citizens start refusing to pay traffic fines it may move the authorities to review this ridiculous rule. Our constitution guarantees equality for all. I can understand emergency vehicles may be exempted. But, normal "dignitaries", no!

      Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-23 17:58

      And I agree with you. I refuse to pay until I get a court summons and that, believe me, happens almost never! Let them sweat and incur the cost. After receipt of the summons I go to the Clerck of the Court and pay if I am in agreement but usually pay less. If not, I would challenge but that has never been the case. Don't get me wrong, I always try to abide by the traffic rules. But, if government official vehicles are exempted then I will also bend the rules.

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-06-23 16:57

    They've got a nerve. They go on to buy thm big fast cars and hv bloody cheek nt t pay fines. I think all of us must not pay it. We are not different from them.

  • alf.pop - 2012-06-23 18:13

    Give them a choice: Either pay the fines or do community service.

  • Erna - 2012-06-23 18:35

    Why is it that our politicians think that they are more important than the people of the country? Most of them have no morals or conscious. They are only there because of their connections and not because they are qualified for the job.

  • samuelk.mohlakoana - 2012-06-23 19:30

    this is totaly unfair GP gov. How can people be taxed nd made to pay fines even for small matters while they let people earning thousands to walk free nd jump on the law? Totaly unfair honestly. How can they cancell the fines? There is connection here.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-23 19:32

    Government officials should set an example to others. Seems like they can do as they please without any punitive measures.

  • Ian Craig - 2012-06-23 20:58

    This just typifies the pathetic government of the day - a law unto themselves and untouchable!

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-06-23 21:41

    The law in this country applies only to the citizens.Government and Parliamentarian people are above the law.It is African mentality.Double standards apply.

  • Phillip du Plessis - 2012-06-23 22:29

    And the other day I received a fine for driving 135 in a 120 zone with an ambulance (lights and sirens) to get a critically ill patient to Milpark Hospital, and they made me pay up..... sad...

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-23 22:37

    What a farce!! Government don't pay traffic fines...they register 200 000 cars for e-tolls as a gesture to get us to register BUT they don't pay tolls either!! And the fothermuckers have the audacity to still steal public funds!! F*ck the ANC et al in their camp!!

  • jensbirger.giebelmann - 2012-06-24 04:40

    we are all equal in the eyes of the law, or are we now?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-24 12:44

    And they are meant to be leaders,hahahaha.

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-06-24 13:41

    ANC always above the law, and always will be, perhaps all should refuse to pay their fines until such time all are treated equally, never happen

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-06-24 15:23

    Well, know I have seen it all! Exempt from this exempt from that - this is not even a banana republic! A fool's paradise, and we are the fools paying these cretins who call themselves politicians! No wonder the criminal element feels so at home here - the law only applies to a select minority.

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