MEC sentenced for speeding

2011-01-05 13:17

The Bloemfontein Magistrates Court has fined Free State arts and culture MEC Dan Kgothule R20 000 or 12 months in prison for speeding, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said today.

He was ordered to pay R15 000 of the fine immediately.

The remaining R5 000 or three months of the prison sentence were suspended for five years, NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Kgothule’s driver’s licence was not revoked on condition that he did not repeat the same offence during the five year suspended time.

“We consider the sentence appropriate under the circumstances.”

Kgothule was caught travelling at 235km/h in the Glen, outside Bloemfontein, the highest speed recorded nationally over the festive season.

He had apologised to the court for his conduct.

SABC news reported Premier Ace Magashule as saying he was happy that the law had taken its course.

His spokesperson William Bulwane said there was no need for further action against the MEC.

“Now that he has apologised, accepted his mistakes, why should we punish him further?” Bulwane told the broadcaster.

“I don’t think it’s important that the MEC should be removed from his position because of what he has done, taking into consideration the public apology he has done himself. I don’t think it’s wise.”

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