40,000-RAND FINE FOR 223 KM PER HOUR SOUTH AFRICAN MOTORIST TOO LENIENT SAYS RTMC

A 40,000-Rand (about 2,830 US dollars) fine meted out to a KwaZulu-Natal Province motorist and the suspension of his licence for driving way above the speed limit is not enough of a deterrent, says the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

“The Road Traffic Management Corporation has noted the heavy fine given to a KwaZulu Natal motorist but feels that more could have been done to punish this rogue behaviour,” said RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane here Tuesday.

“While we accept the 40,000 Rand fine imposed on Mr Sthembiso Xolani Ntombela, we feel that the suspension of his driver’s licence was lenient. Our view is that the fine should have been accompanied by the cancellation of the licence to show that the flagrant disregard for the law will not be tolerated.”

Zwane said Ntombela, a 28-year-old engineer from Umtentweni, KwaZulut-Natal, who was caught driving a Mercedes Benz C63 at 223 kilometres per hour (kph) on the N@ highway, fit the profile of the people “who are causing mayhem on the roads and dying at a very young age”.

He said the sentence could have served as a better deterrent if the licence was taken away from him, forcing him to go for a re-test after a couple of years of not driving.

“Ntombela’s conduct provides the most compelling reason why the Justice cluster (of ministries) should work with speed to re-classify such gross reckless and negligent behaviour and introduce a minimum sentence as punishment for such conduct,” said Zwane.

“This conduct is another demonstration of the kind of attitude, selfish and irresponsible behaviour that is undermining all efforts to promote safety on the roads and save lives. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms and criticise Ntombela for failing to be a good role model in his community.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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