Drunk drivers caught

2015-09-07 09:40
An estimated 10 000 maidens turned out for the uMkhosi woMhlanga (Reed Dance) on Saturday at Enyokeni Palace, outside Nongoma.

An estimated 10 000 maidens turned out for the uMkhosi woMhlanga (Reed Dance) on Saturday at Enyokeni Palace, outside Nongoma. (Vivien van der Sandt)

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

FIVE drivers transporting maidens to the Reed Dance at the eNyokeni Royal Palace were nabbed for drunk driving.

The Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) was conducting law enforcement operations on all the roads leading up to the reed dance, when the drivers were arrested. During stop and checks, 89 buses and 301 taxis were inspected, 118 charges were issued for various transgressions, including speed, failure to use seat belts and reckless driving.

Four other drivers were also arrested for driving without licences and one was arrested for driving a public transport vehicle without the necessary documentation.

Transport MEC Willies Mchunu announced that more than 650 traffic officers had been deployed for the reed dance law enforcement operation at the weekend.

“We applaud the good work by traffic officers who have so far arrested five public transport drivers for drinking and driving. Early this week, we announced drastic security measures as part of intensified law enforcement to ensure an accident free reed dance. The arrest of these drivers is a clear message that we are tough on all those who are disregarding road traffic laws. The message is clear, no driver should arrive nor leave eNyokeni palace without being tested,” said Mchunu.

In 2013, nine Zulu maidens, two minders and a bus driver were killed when the bus they travelling on overturned at the R66 and R34 intersection in Melmoth. Another 62 were injured.

The first driver of the bus involved in the crash had been arrested for drunk driving before the accident. The replacement driver was not killed in the accident, as initial reports suggested, but was injured.

Mchunu said that the bus was speeding at the time, and there were concerns over the vehicle’s roadworthiness.

The bus was one of 11 vehicles that had been hired from a Marburg bus company, Malundi Excursions.

— Witness Reporter

Read more on:    reed dance  |  drunk driving

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
1 comment
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.

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.