Minister rubbishes fine report

2012-01-10 22:34

Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele on Tuesday dismissed as "malicious" a newspaper report that he and Road Traffic Management Corporation acting head, Collins Letsoala, racked up thousands of rands in unpaid fines.

According to the report in the City Press on January 8, Ndebele's and Letsoala's cars had been issued with 11 fines in Pretoria and Johannesburg over three years.

Transport department spokesperson Logan Maistry said the silver BMW 5-series referred to in the article was sold to a car dealership in 2010 and Ndebele had not been its legal owner since June that year.

Ndebele said in a statement the report trivialised a serious government campaign to ensure safer roads.

"It distracts public attention from the real issues of unlawful driving and road carnage."

More than 1 000 people were killed on South Africa's roads over the festive season.

Ndebele said no person, including himself, was above the law.

"Any person, including the minister of transport, who commits any traffic violation, will face the consequences of their actions."

Ndebele said he would "take action" against City Press for the report, which he called defamatory.

  • GWS - 2012-01-10 22:53

    As is always the case with these illiterate immoral barbarians, they deny deny deny. It's the way of the new arrogant elite. Lying is considered perfectly acceptable if everyone is doing it.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-11 00:11

      Shift the blame. "It was Apartheid's fault" "It was a white car"; "My family was using my official car as a taxi" - its not my fault.

      Silver - 2012-01-11 07:45

      Hahahahahah - "it was a white car"! Just love it.

      GWS - 2012-01-11 09:09

      All MEC's in South Africa should download the Core Values of the United Nations and then put them into practice. One for this MEC is accountability. Accountability: Willingness to take responsibility for action and outcome Delivering what you promised to deliver Accepting good and bad outcomes Owning up to shortcomings/mistakes and taking responsibility for one’s actions Honouring obligations, expectations and requirements

      ttrevenen - 2012-01-11 14:32

      Do you know for a fact that he is lying? Frequently, everywhere in the world, facts in media articles are found to be incorrect and the publication/TV station appologies for the incorrect facts... normally a tiny article on the second or last page. Don't always assume that what you hear or read is the absolute truth.

  • Eric Schollar - 2012-01-10 23:36

    There you go then - let's all refuse to pay malicious fines. Its official! All those nasty malicious speed cameras and unpleasant malicious traffic policepersons! Away with them all - forward to transportational freedom. Vehicular liberation for the representative cadres of the masses. Viva! A looter continua!

  • George - 2012-01-11 04:42

    Investigate him simple as that.

  • Ian - 2012-01-11 06:07

    another thing, this bastard rejected the petition which called for the banning of these blue light bastards, he should also be tried for young Mr Ferrerias attempted murder as that was no accident

  • Robin - 2012-01-11 06:10

    "Any person, including the minister of transport, who commits any traffic violation, will face the consequences of their actions." Oh yeah! And I believe in the tooth fairy. Lies and corruption have become an everyday way of life in SA so why would anyone with even half a brain cell believe this rubbish?

  • Andrew - 2012-01-11 07:21

    Now why does this seem disingenuous? Now why does this seem disingenuous? LOL! Looks like more hot air from an ineptocrat!

  • infijar.ken - 2012-01-11 16:35

    "Ndebele said no person, including himself, was above the law." Sorry mate, but foreign diplomats are. Even RSA diplomatic staff abroad!

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