woman has 63 fines

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

If you are out there and form part of the 40000 people in Gauteng driving around with false number plates, you are not fooling anyone. This is the message from the Johannesburg Metro police.

"We are going to catch you. Our technology is more advanced, and believe it when we say we will pick you up wherever you are."

Yesterday, the police's number plate investigating unit arrested a 38-year-old woman in Johannesburg for driving around with false registration plates. The woman also collected 63 speeding tickets she had accumulated at an average of seven tickets a month between last August and April this year.

"The total amount of tickets issued to her was R22800, which she never paid and probably will not because we cannot re-issue the tickets now that she has been caught. The courts will decide what to do now," said Metro police spokesman Edna Mamonyane.

The Roodepoort woman was arrested in Langlaagte after an investigation was launched to nab her.

The woman had been driving her Ford Fiesta with fake number plates since August last year until she was arrested.

The number plates belonged to a Ford Bantam but the police were able to detect this because the street cameras showed them a different car. Mamonyane said the woman bought her car in 2005, and only had two tickets with her legitimate number plates.

"After August last year, when she bought the new number plates in Turffontein, she collected 63 speeding fines. She just did not care because she knew she would not be caught," Mamonyane said.

She will appear in court soon.