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Newspaper lists 'Hall of Shame' drivers

2012-10-08 10:13

Cape Town - The Cape Argus released a list of 56 convicted drivers on Monday as part of a Lead SA campaign.

The "Hall of Shame" listed drivers who were most recently sentenced in Western Cape criminal courts for driving over the legal alcohol limit, or under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

The names had been handed over to the provincial transport department for capture on the electronic National administration traffic information system (eNatis).

Parow had the highest number of offenders, followed by Delft and Elsies Rivier.

The worst offender was Sabilo Stengana from Caledon, who was jailed for two years and his licence suspended for 20 years, for driving under the influence.

Comments
  • wize.man.31 - 2012-10-08 10:22

    I would rather like to see the names of murderers, rapests and child molesters. They deserve it more to be named and shamed.

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-08 10:25

      I agree. But this is a start. A good one. Only stupid people drink and drive.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-08 10:29

      That's true... but for some reason, their rights are more important than anyone else's

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-08 10:38

      The already are, read the paper. PLUS shaming a murderer is hardly a deterrent for other murderers.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-08 10:49

      Wish they would list all corrupt gov officials

      LeahKnott28 - 2012-10-08 10:59

      A drunk or intoxicated driver has the potential to kill or seriously injure people and in many cases they do so technically they should be punished as they are negligently taking that risk. You may as well run around in a crowd of people with a butchers knife hoping not to hurt anyone, it's stupid. If you go lenient on one it sets a precedent and would not deter people from committing the same crime. It's a good start. Next on the list should be serious penalties for drivers using the yellow lane and/ or pavement as an additional lane, skipping red robots, making their own turning lanes where there aren't any, etc... and causing huge traffic back-ups and accidents. I say drivers as I have noticed that it's not only the taxi's that do this, metro buses and normal citizens have also taken this up and as it's a blatant disregard of others safety and the rules of the road which is pretty much the same thing as driving under the influence in my book.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-08 11:32

      I would like to see the criminal records of our parliamentarians.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-10-08 12:03

      they ALL need it... can you imagine how many people you see on a daily basis, or know, who you would rather NOT know??? ostracise people and see how they handle it.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-10-08 10:26

    Well done - let's see more of this name and shame, and extend it as suggested by 'wise.man'.

  • chris.vandermerwe.560 - 2012-10-08 10:28

    add presidents, politicians and state officials

      mosimane.letlalo - 2012-10-08 11:09

      The list will be endless...

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-08 10:28

    It good they are taking a firm hand... but taxi's and truck/bus drivers should be focussed on too.

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-08 10:34

    Sounds like a cool party list

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-08 10:47

    Drinking and driving: the worst crime you can commit in SA.... In my opinion its more of a first world problem and should be prioritized after we've sorted things like murder, rape, hijacking, armed robbert etc. You know, the stuff that makes SA less safe than other places in the world. But drinking and driving is a crime that people with money are also likely to commit and is thus "profitable policing" (especially when it comes to bribes). It upsets me greatly that DUI is prioritized so heavily when we have REAL problems that aren't receiving nearly enough attention.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-08 11:36

      Until you and your family get wiped out by a good-for-nothing drunk on the way from the bar at 3pm -or 3am. No different to shooting off a bridge over the highway whilst blindfolded.

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-10-08 11:39

      DUI and speeding are easy targets Jason, hence the focus. Taxis are a law unto themselves and they are allowed to go free - and they are even exempted from e-tolls. We have unroadworthy cars, reckless drivers, some who even yield in a roundabout, and more who completely cannot drive, but they are let free because it is that little bit more difficult to catch them.

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-08 11:47

      I agree that there are more important issues, but this is a start. If the police/traffic officials cannot do their jobs, the community should try to make a difference.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-10-08 10:51

    Add the names of all the policemen / women, metro police, intellegence, military, justice system and the likes, names of offenders than the boozers and drug addicts. If you want to have a name and shame wall, do it propper and include ALL, not just the who we like to nail for convenient sake names. And try and keep the lists UP-TO-DATE (not like the rape, children's porn and molesters list that is up to () ) for EVERYONE'S access, instead of only a selected few.

  • nkadimeng - 2012-10-08 10:54

    This is just going to increase the cost of bribe.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-08 10:54

    I hope JACKSON MTHEMBU is listed in BOLD.

  • phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-08 11:09

    .... and this will make a difference exactly how?

  • chadkotze - 2012-10-08 11:09

    Yeah I think hall of shame should start at government

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-08 11:18

    The quickest way to spot a foreign tourist in Cape Town is to watch pedestrians at the traffic lights. Foreign visitors do not try and cross the road unless the little green man is indicating to them that they may do so, this even if there is no traffic in sight. Why is it that these visitors respect the laws and we can't? 'NO is NO !'

  • miquette.caalsen - 2012-10-08 11:20

    A convicted driver?! Really? Look my writing skills are taking a Monday as well but ... convicted driver? So you can be convicted of driving? Yikes! :P

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