Drunk bus driver arrested

2014-09-07 21:02

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A bus driver was arrested for allegedly being drunk behind the wheel while transporting maidens on Sunday from the annual reed dance in Nyokeni, KwaNongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, the provincial transport department said.

"The bus driver was caught as traffic police were conducting an operation which was ordered by MEC [Willies] Mchunu as part of intensifying enforcement to vehicles transporting maidens," the department said in a statement.

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) confirmed the bus driver was over the legal limit when caught, and had no professional driving permit.

The driver was taken to Benedictine hospital for further blood tests, then driven back to Nyokeni by a traffic officer.

Mchunu, the transport MEC, applauded the RTI for their excellent work.

"The arrest of this bus driver will send a clear message that as government we are serious about rooting out all elements that put the lives of maidens and other road users at risk during the annual reed dance."

All those who undermined traffic rules would not be tolerated on the roads.

"Since Thursday, I have ordered intense operations in all roads leading to the Nyokeni Royal Palace," Mchunu said.

Over 94 buses were stopped on Saturday as part of the operations and those found to be faulty were taken off the road.

Last year 10 people were killed in a bus crash after the reed dance.

Read more on:    durban  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.