Traffic bosses rack up fines

2012-01-08 13:42

Johannesburg - South Africa’s top traffic bosses, including no-nonsense Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, are threatening a drastic crackdown on errant drivers.

This while their vehicles have run up a raft of traffic fines in the past three years.

Official records show that vehicles for which Ndebele and Collins Letsoalo, the Road Traffic Management Corporation’s (RTMC) controversial acting head, were the registered owners have been issued with 11 fines in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

These are the two pilot areas for the controversial licence point demerit system. Two of the fines were cancelled.

The details of the traffic infringements were obtained by Media24 Investigations as Ndebele and Letsoalo threatened to confiscate the driving licences of roadhogs and speedsters against a backdrop of a holiday bloodpath on the country’s roads.


The traffic fines show a silver 5-series BMW registered in Ndebele’s name drove through a camera trap at between 146 and 150 km/h on the N1 North in Johannesburg in July 2010.

Another speeding fine for the same vehicle, for driving between 96 and 100 km/h in a 60 km/h zone the day after, was cancelled.

Ndebele’s spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso insisted the minister had sold the BMW in June 2010 and had never driven it outside KwaZulu-Natal.

Rikhotso said the fine was probably an error that lay with the dealership where Ndebele bought the vehicle, but he could not provide City Press with the name of the dealership.

He could not say who paid the fine when the car was still in Ndebele’s name.

Letsoalo – whose job since February 2010 has tasked him with leading accident investigation, traffic enforcement and implementation of the points demerit system under the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) – had nine fines issued against his vehicles between October 2008 and March last year.

The traffic violations include five for speeding and four parking fines slapped on four different vehicles registered to Letsoalo – two silver Mercedes Benz cars, a white Isuzu KB bakkie and a silver 5-series BMW.

One parking fine was cancelled. Among the fines was one for R1 000 for driving between 126 and 130 km/h in a 100 km/h zone and R750 for driving between 101 and 105 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

Letsoalo insisted he was not the driver of the vehicles. “I’ve got a driver who takes me around and my wife drives all those vehicles.

“My brother drives those vehicles, my cousins and sometimes my father; I’ve got a lot of people driving those cars. But what I do, like any ordinary law citizen, I pay all the fines under my name. I’m not above the law.”


Howard Dembovsky, chairperson of the Justice Project South Africa, which runs the independent Aarto information website, said the fact that records showing both the speeding fine for Ndebele’s BMW and five of Letsoalo’s fines as “paid” suggested the two men had paid the fines themselves and had thus admitted guilt for the traffic violations.

Dembovsky said it was not impossible that the new owner of Ndebele’s car could have incurred the fine pending the transfer of the vehicle into his name.

However, he pointed out that prior to Letsoalo’s appointment as RTMC acting CEO, he had been a deputy director general in the national department of transport.

“He is not some civilian off the street. He should live by what he preaches and I hope he is going to cancel his own licence in light of his indiscretions since he sees fit to threaten everyone else.”

Dembovsky pointed out that 17 months after one of Letsoalo’s speeding offences was committed, the fine was still unpaid and no warrant of execution had been issued, as Aarto requires, suggesting that the system “is clearly not working properly”.



  • Ian - 2012-01-08 13:57

    corrupt anc scum

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 14:03

      Are any of these cars official vehicles, being driven by family members?

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-01-08 14:09

      'ANC scum' - tautology

      Spyker - 2012-01-08 14:54

      I say.., Those who hold a special position relative to the law - eg those enforcing the laws (police, metro police, prison officials, etc), those upholding the laws (court officials - judges, magistrates, etc) and those making the laws (eg parliament) - if these people break ANY law, then the punishment must be far more severe than for the rest of the citizenry. Eg - if a traffic police official commits a traffic offence, then it is immediate dismissal, on top of this = 2 x the fine imposed on the rest of the citizenry. If a government official commits fraud = immediate dismissal and double the prison sentence.., etc, etc. One of the defining, fundamental, principle of a 'lawful' (as opposed to lawless) society, is RESPECT for the law. Without respect for the law - AS IS THE CASE IN POST-APARTHEID SA - there is NO LAW - AS IS THE CASE IN POST-APARTHEID SA... SA has only TWO problems - solve these two issues and 80% of ALL SA's problems will disappear - social-, economic-, political-, race-, education-, welfare-.., the list continues. The TWO items are: A RESPECT FOR.., 1. THE LAW. 2. HARD WORK. Solve these two issues and (I say again) you will solve 80% of ALL SA's problems - AS SIMPLE AS THAT... So, let us take a guess who is leading the way re the above (viz the fish rots from the head)..? THE ANC. The ANC has NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW and it has NO RESPECT FOR HARD WORK.

  • Daryl - 2012-01-08 13:57

    Wow you got to love this country!

  • Juan - 2012-01-08 14:01

    Yeah don't do as we do, do as we say. Scumbags

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-08 14:04

    Every one of the ANC members is a crook !!

  • Riaan - 2012-01-08 14:04

    How do you know a ANC fat cat is lying? His lips are moving. How thick do these morons think we are? You can easily follow up their juvenile lies and get to the truth.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-08 14:05

    Collectve Responsibility....the ANC way and if you've not noticed, NO one is to blame...except the Colonials and Apartheid...thus no action is ever taken.

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-01-08 14:08

    Hypocricy is the ANC's middle name

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-08 14:20

    This is a obvious legacy of apartheid. Motor vehicles where first brought to Africa by the whites.

  • Chaapo - 2012-01-08 14:30

    Thank you for exposing the hypocrisy and that you can still have access to this information to hold to account those who lead. Again the father crab mentaliity - ordering crab children to walk straight while he is walking sideways.

  • Larry - 2012-01-08 14:42

    The above the Law syndrome is alive and well in the ANC run South Africa.

  • Darra - 2012-01-08 14:50

    Hey Wena! ... Did you got it da licence? You'll probably find that a host of people appointed to the cabinet and other positions, didnt understand the concept credit and debit, didnt make too many appearances in court as lawyers at any particular serious level, never stepped into a classroom as a teacher and the list goes on and on and on and on ... SO ... why should they pay fines? Hey Wena! ikoka!

  • JC - 2012-01-08 14:53

    Driving under influence is also OK if no accident happened as was for multiple cases where culprits got off scot-free in East London this week, to the frustration of the arresting traffic officers. The public prosecutor's excuse is that blood sample analysis take too long. Refer EL Daily Dispatch report.

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-01-08 14:57

    Howard Dembovsky has been suspended till further notice. Reasons? Private matter

      Yar - 2012-01-08 17:26

      @Andile You better hope that Howard and his Justice Project for SA keep on working at full speed for a long time. If he fails, we are all in the poo.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-08 15:40


  • Getafix - 2012-01-08 15:54

    Quite 2 faced hey (:( I give him credit for coming coming up with those excuses on the fly.

  • Terry - 2012-01-08 15:55

    What else do you expect from the ANC? Integrity? Honesty? Responsibility? Really - what planet are you from?

  • Piet - 2012-01-08 16:08

    Please lead by example you lawless rotten bunch

  • robert.m.sylvester - 2012-01-08 17:00

    He must have been flying a blue light, ergo-no problem Anyone know where we can all get blue lights, and level the speed field ?

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-01-08 17:23

    Great example these chaps set and not to mention those fantastic reasons they give. But all suffer from an illness called CRAFT.

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