Vavi speeding case postponed

2016-03-09 18:42
(Iavan Pijoos, News24)

(Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg – The case against former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was postponed in the Edenvale Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The matter was postponed to April 15.

Two witnesses, metro police officers Danie van Huesden and Lawrence Smears testified on Wednesday. 

Vavi was arrested on Sunday, October 4, for speeding on the R24 in Edenvale, Ekurhuleni.

Vavi pleaded not guilty to the charges of reckless and negligent driving, and speeding.

Van Heusden said that he was in the stopper vehicle when Vavi was pulled over. 

"We were doing a high speed operation on the R24 when officer Smears gave me a call on the radio to stop the speeding car," Van Heusden said.

Van Huesden said he was responsible for setting up the speed measuring device on the day Vavi got caught. 

When asked by defence attorney Paul Jorgensen how the laser worked, Van Heusden said that he was just an operator and only knew how to use it. 

'I measured the speed twice'

Jorgensen mentioned a previous case where two judges had explained the guidelines of the speed measuring device. 

"If you move the measuring device, a faster reading is then recorded," he quoted the judges as saying. 

Smears earlier told the court that that they had measured the speed of a silver-grey Audi Q7 on the R24 road twice. 

"I measured the speed twice. The first test, the car was travelling at 178km/h in a 120km/h zone," he said.

Smears said that when he did the second test, the car was travelling at 182km/h.

"I saw the car picking up speed and then I communicated with the stopper car about 900 metres away from me to stop the right car travelling towards them," he said.

'You are killing me'

Smears said that after showing Vavi the speed on the machine he said: "You are killing me."

"When I asked him why he made this remark, he said he is rushing to catch a flight," he said.

Smears said he observed while his colleague did three tests, before they used the speed measuring device.

"We have done a horizontal and vertical scope line test, as well as a zero velocity test and all these tests were successful," he said.

Jorgensen said that Smears could not confirm that Vavi was speeding if he hadn't done the test himself.

"You can't say that he was speeding... [when] the test was done by your colleague and not by you," Jorgensen said.

Smears said: "Guidelines are there for me as an operator to adhere [to]. You need to ask the trained technicians these questions."

When asked by Jorgensen what the red light on the machine indicated, Smears could not answer.

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