Vavi's lawyer highlights flaws in State's speeding case against him

2016-04-15 16:18
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Johannesburg – Zwelinzima Vavi's lawyer on Friday tore into the State's speeding and reckless driving case against the former Cosatu general secretary.

Wrapping up his case in the Edenvale Magistrate's Court, Paul Jorgensen said the court could not accept as evidence the camera which was used to capture his client speeding in Ekurhuleni last year.

"Whatever is contained in there has been potentially compromised," said Jorgensen, referring to the device which was placed in front of the court room.

The equipment was never sealed and it had since gone for calibration, meaning that a third party had handled it. 

Jorgensen pointed out that the labels on the two-part machine differed, indicating that it had been put together from at least two different machines. He questioned which part of it had been calibrated.

Earlier on Friday, an expert on calibration took to the stand as part of the State's case. After assessing his qualifications and abilities, Jorgensen pointed out to the court that the expert claimed to have been trained on an XRT machine, but the machine which captured Vavi speeding was an XR.

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

Evidence from one of the traffic officers who apprehended Vavi was that his silver-grey Audi Q7 was first travelling at 178km/h in the 120km/h zone.

The officer said that as Vavi changed lanes, his speed increased to 182km/h.

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

Jorgensen criticised the basic knowledge of the officers who operated the machine. The officers testified last month, and failed to answer questions about the device. 

During Friday's proceedings, Vavi sat in the court wearing a blue suit, with a hat placed next to him. 

Judgment would be handed down on April 20.

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