Sat Oct 22 03:59:12 SAST 2016

Drivers warned to obey rules of the road or feel the court's wrath hit their bank balances

By unknown | May 15, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

A fine of R102000 imposed on a speedster clocked at a whopping 295kmh has been hailed by Bheki Cele, MEC for transport, community safety and liaison in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Scottburgh magistrates' court last week fined Hendrik Henning de Vos, 31, the highest penalty ever for a traffic violation in South Africa.

He was caught in August by members of the road traffic inspectorate speeding his unlicensed and unregistered motorcycle near Umzinto on the south coast.

Cele said the fine would send a clear message to other road users that the courts are now prepared to be harsh when dealing with offenders.

"Bikers tend to think motorcycles are made for speeding, but this is not the case and I hope they learn a lesson or two," said an ecstatic Cele.

However, Premier Sbu Ndebele's motorcade was recently "recorded" racing at speeds of almost 160kmh by a motorist armed only with a cellphone camera.

Despite a national outcry, Cele labelled the motorist a "racist".

The Scottburgh court last week heard that traffic officers who were on duty in August lost recordings of the actual speed De Vos had been travelling as their machines could not register so high.

The officers only caught up with him later as he was taking a smoke break at the iFafa off-ramp.

He was charged with exceeding the speed limit, driving an unlicensed and unregistered motorcycle and failing to display his license plate. He was released on R5000 bail.

Magistrate Mahendra Daya said he wanted to send De Vos to prison to make an example of him to those who violate traffic laws.

Daya said it was still a mystery to him what made people "crazy" when driving between Umkomaas and iFafa.

But after hearing De Vos was recently divorced, had been the victim of a house robbery that left him traumatised, and had high medical bills, he felt the fine was appropriate.

De Vos will pay monthly instalments of R2000 from July until R52000 is paid.

The other R50000 has been suspended for five years.

Cele warned motorists to obey the rules of the road or face the music.


Login OR Join up TO COMMENT