SOUTH Africans Against Drunk Driving (Sadd) feels that the 10-year jail sentence given for the death of two people by a drunk driver who had no driving licence and who did not render help at the scene of the crash, is extremely lenient.
The South African Road Traffic Act allows a nine-year sentence per death or serious injury, for drunk driving, and a R180 000 fine. Mcabango Hlongwa killed two people. Sadd is horrified that the case was not investigated properly and the fact he drove without a licence was either not known or not on the charge sheet. Many people are found not guilty or receive lesser sentences than they should because of poor investigation work. Sadd is in a working committee with the WHO’s Global Alliance of NGOs Advocating for Road Safety and Road Crash Victims, to ask our government to improve post-crash investigations and medical care, and offer counselling and compensation to victims.