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|Posted by Ivan on May 12, 2017 at 5:35 AM||comments (0)|
Fikile Mbalula, nicknamed "Razzmatazz" from his time as sports and recreation minister, stumbled across a post on Twitter by a woman seeking advice on buying a driver’s licence. Mbalula has over 750,000 followers on this platform. He perceives Twitter as a useful tool in the fight against crime in South Africa.
The woman got more than she bargained for on Wednesday when the Police Minister tweeted back:
"It's a criminal offence to buy a driver's licence (like a) ngathi ligwinya,"
"It will get you, the traffic department and the driving school arrested."
|Posted by Ivan on April 21, 2017 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
At least ten people have been killed in a horror crash on the N2 near Port Shepstone on KwaZulu-Natal's south coast on Monday. KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane says the cause of the accident is not clear.
“Ten people have been confirmed dead in an accident involving three taxis in Port Shepstone. Currently, the MEC for Transport is on his way to the scene of the accident. At this stage, it is not clear what the possible cause of the accident is. but we believe that one of the drivers lost control which resulted to the two taxis colliding. We are still going to get more details and be able to share with the viewers.”
Meanwhile, criminal charges are to be instituted against the driver of the bus that killed 15 passengers at Kranskop in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.
The charges include culpable homicide and driving without the renewed drivers licence. An interim report reveals that the driver did not have a valid driver’s licence and a permit, despite the bus being in good condition.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport and Community Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda says the driver was driving with an expired drivers licence.
“For now, the case which has been opened is a culpable homicide case.”
The bus was carrying a group of women to a traditional wedding from Bulwer overturned near Kranskop on Saturday. The families of those that were killed went to Greytown mortuary on Monday to identify their loved ones.
The father of the groom Bhekabantu Mgwadi lost his wife and two daughters whilst Philisiwe Mqadi lost her sister who left a three-year-old baby.
Article From http://www.sabc.co.za
|Posted by Patricia on November 13, 2016 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Councillors from the Cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane told Parliament that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) system was failing and asked that they be “released” from it until the system works properly.
A member of the City of Johannesburg’s Mayoral Committee and a Councillor from the City of Tswhane were among delegates on Friday who briefed the Parliamentary committee on transport on the pilot phase of Aarto, which was introduced in these two metros in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
The system, which entails that motorists receive demerits for traffic violations, was supposed to be implemented from 1 April this year.
Although the pilot phase in Johannesburg and Tswhane has been implemented some time ago, the demerit system will only be implemented once the system has been rolled out nationally.
The administrators of the Aarto system has argued that the implementation thereof would make the roads safer and deal effectively with traffic infringements.
Drivers will accumulate points for the infringements they commit. A motorist starts with 0 points, and the maximum number of points allowed is 12. In other words, a motorist is allowed to drive until he or she has 12 points.
However, every point that exceeds the permissible 12 points will result in a three-month suspension of their driver’s licence. A motorist’s driver’s licence will be revoked when it has been suspended for the third time.
The Aarto system rollout has been delayed among other things because of problems with the delivery of infringement notices.
Court orders department to pay up in eNaTIS case
The delegation from the Johannesburg and Tswhane told MPs on Friday that there had been miscommunication between the issuing authority of infringement notices, the South African Post Office (Sapo) and the Road Traffic Infringement Authority (RTIA), with the end result that traffic fines were not paid.
Sun, in his capacity as councillor for the City of Johannesburg, said the piloting of Aarto was supposed to be “easy” on the administration and motorists, but instead it has created “unpleasantness” among different departments within the City’s administration.
“Aarto is not having any effect,” Sun continued. “The possibility that motorists could lose their licences had an effect at first, but as time went by people argued that there were no consequences and there’s now a state of lawlessness in our City.
“I urge members (of Parliament) to assist us. Can we be decommissioned from this pilot project?”
Tshwane’s Councilor Kissoonduth agreed, saying the metro has a similar story to that of Johannesburg. He added that the delivery of infringement notices posed difficulties and called for legislation to be amended so that notices can be issued electronically.
Input on AARTO Bill satisfactory - Parliament
An Aarto Amendment Bill is currently serving before Parliament that, if approved, would allow transport authorities to send infringement notices through SMS. Questions however have been raised about the practicality of SMS as a means of communications, as infringement notices are longer than the allowed number of characters allowed in an SMS.
Kissonduth cautioned that there should be proper buy-in from the public before Aarto can be rolled out nationally. “You can’t push through a bill – it’s not going to have the desired effect.”
|Posted by Patricia on August 4, 2016 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
Nkandla - KwaNxamalala resident Nompumelelo Shezi, 26, had one mission in mind on Wednesday – and that was to speak to President Jacob Zuma.
Shezi was hoping to catch her moment with Zuma at the Ntolwane Primary School where he was expected to vote in the 2016 local government election in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.
"I want to see Zuma, I had an appointment with him and we spoke and he referred me to his PA and we have not been able to talk properly," said Shezi, who asked not to be photographed.
The woman, who sells goods at a local community hall, said she had spoken to Zuma about getting her driver’s licence.
"I'm going to try and speak to him today. We spoke about licencing, he said he would help me and that I should speak to the PA."
Spotting one of Zuma's bodyguards who was at the voting station, Shezi had an idea that maybe he could assist her.
When she arrived at 08:15 to vote, she was not yet sure who she was gong to vote for.
"I don't know who to vote for, I will see when I get there."
Shezi was one of 1 674 people that were expected to vote at the school.
Within the first hour, 61 people had voted.
There was a large police presence ahead of 10:00, when Zuma was expected to vote.
KwaNxamalala, the village where Zuma's homestead was located, is an ANC ward but the Nkandla Municipality, which falls under Uthungulu District Municipality, was governed by the IFP.
The municipality was recently renamed King Cetshwayo District Municipality.
Article from http://www.news24.com/
|Posted by Patricia on July 22, 2016 at 3:10 AM||comments (0)|
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department official who was caught in a bribery operation involving learner’s and driver’s licences has been suspended and will face a disciplinary hearing.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) official who was caught in a bribery operation involving learner's and driver's licences has been suspended.
Detective Inspector Patrick Mabasa from the JMPD’s internal investigations unit confirmed this today – three weeks after it was revealed that two men – identified as “Jo” and “Lucky” – had solicited bribes in exchange for the licences.
Jo charged R3,000 for both, while Lucky said he could organise both for R4,300.
Mabasa said Jo – who had claimed to work at the JMPD – was only a “runner” at the organisation and not an employee.
Lucky, who was captured on hidden camera in his JMPD uniform while soliciting a bribe, was served with a notice of suspension today.
The inspector said Lucky would face a disciplinary hearing.
Content From: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/
|Posted by Patricia on July 15, 2016 at 3:05 AM||comments (0)|
Youth from Mpumlanga are set to benefit from an initiative that aims to assist them in getting their drivers' licences.
This is as a result of a joint effort between the Services SETA and the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison.
The Youth Capacity Development Project seeks to address the challenges of unemployment and lack of skills among the youth in the province.
For many young people in South Africa, getting a drivers' licence has always been a mission.
The Youth Development Project will also see the young people equipped with skills that will help them get employment.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime for some young people.
Services SETA CEO, Andile Nongogo, says more than R49 million has been set aside to fast-track services for the under privileged across Mpumalanga.
Now they will be able to register for a learners' licence as a start.
“The SETA is responsible for funding which covers learner testing books, K 53 books. It covers funding of the trailer mobile units where the learners would be trained. It covers marketing and management for unemployed youth.”
Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC, Vusi Shongwe, says this initiative is going to assist young people and hopefully steer them away from drug abuse.
Shongwe said this would assist young people to get jobs as a licence is a requirement in the working environment.
“We are basically empowering young people to be able to be equipped with driver's license because a driver's license is a requirement. We want them to prepare with the particular skills so that we take them out of the streets, we take them out of drugs, and we take them out of all wrong doings in the province and in the country.”
Shongwe says over 760 underprivileged youth will benefit from this initiative. But those who have the money will have to pay for these services.
Article from: http://www.sabc.co.za
|Posted by Ivan on April 21, 2016 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
Metro police and the Marlboro Licencing and Testing Station gave a tour of their facilities on 19 April to open the community and media up to the inner workings of the organisation.
Metro police spokesperson, Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the tour would act as a perfect opportunity to inform the public about the work done at the station which included earning one’s driver’s licence, making inquiries or settling traffic fines. The tour also took a look at the state-of-the-art computerised learner’s licence testing section.
Manager of the drivers licence testing centre at the station, Estrelita Esau, said that although the computerised section has been at the station for two years, there have been some stigma regarding technology, but younger people will embrace the newer system.
Esau said, “I think a lot of people fear that the computerised learner’s section is very complicated and, therefore, we do not have a lot of people booking for that test.”
She said that the Marlboro Licencing and Testing Station is extremely efficient for learners’ licences and light motor vehicle test bookings with the booking time taking less than a week. She also stressed that the testing station plans to grow along with the demand for the learner’s licence test, with the station being willing to add extra booking slots for the computerised test, as well as allowing school and university pupils to take the test at certain times over weekends.
“We want to reassure everyone that the station is efficient and [people] should not be fearful of the computerised learner’s test we have,” she said.
The tour revealed the happenings in all the offices at the station including a tour of the roadworthy testing section by manager Simon Nakali who displayed the inner workings of the area.
Thanks to: Sandton Chronicle
|Posted by Ivan on April 7, 2016 at 4:10 AM||comments (0)|
A motorist accused of killing two joggers in a hit and run incident at New Hanover near Pietermaritzburg has been sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court. Mcabango Hlongwa (37 years old) admitted in his plea that he ran over the joggers (Xolani Nxele and Sthabile Mkhasibe) at the end of February.
He told the court that he had drunk two beers before the accident. Hlongwa says he is remorseful that he failed to foresee that the alcohol would impair his driving abilities. He also says he does not have a drivers licence.
After fatally knocking the two joggers, he then continued driving with Sithabile Mkhasibe's body tucked on the bonnet of his vehicle and dumped it in a sugarcane plantation.
Police spent five days combing hectares of sugarcane fields and eventually recovered Mkhasibe's body.
Magistrate Mishy Singh sentenced Hlongwa to ten years imprisonment. The magistrate says the accused is guilty of culpable homicide, defeating the administration of justice, negligent driving and contravening the National Road Traffic Act.
During sentencing, the Magistrate lashed out at the police who attended the scene for not inspecting if Hlongwa had a drivers licence as it turned out that he did not have. She says driving without a licence should have been the first charge Hlongwa faced - but there is no such charge in the charge sheet.
Prosecutor Ricky van Wyk asked the court to punish the accused as he caused misery for the families who tirelessly searched for their daughter Mkhasibe, until they found her in a sugarcane plantation.
Mkhasibe's sister Nomcebo Nkabinde says the ten year sentence is ridiculous and upsetting. “We are not happy about the sentence because it cannot bring two people back, especially my sister, as we could not find her for close to five days. He is only convicted for ten years and that is actually ridiculous and upsetting.”
She adds that the accused should have been charged with murder as he admitted to have killed the two, and not the mere culpable homicide he was sentenced for.
Sthabile Mkhasibe's grandfather, Gilbert Zuma, says the family had high hopes in the two deceased who were both graduates. He says they had started to help rebuild their home and help their parents.
He says, “We spent and lost so many resources during the search for our daughter. We exhausted all avenues, and we became emotionally depleted. We relied on these children as they had graduated in tertiary. They had started helping their families. We had high hopes that have now been shattered. We believed they would help us alleviate poverty - we will never forget.”
Hlongwa says he is remorseful for his actions and begged the victim's families' for mercy and forgiveness.
Original article can be viewed at: http://www.sabc.co.za
|Posted by Ivan on December 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Over-confident drivers who pass at the first attempt are likely to describe their driving as "perfect" and are most likely to cause accidents - but less than 1% of South African applicants pass first time.
Although the study noted that those who passed after three attempts were likely to describe their driving as "safe" and "cautious", South African experts said it was impossible to compare UK and South African drivers as the two were worlds apart when it came to testing methods.
Justice Project SA spokesman Howard Dembovsky said UK tests were significantly different to South Africa's.
"The UK scrapped K53 in 1989 and their methodology has changed several times since."
Automobile Association spokesman Layton Beard said it would be difficult to profile drivers because there had been no reliable road-fatality statistics since 2011.
Thanks to: Times Live
|Posted by Patricia on April 13, 2015 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Please take a look at a post about some of our appalling road users... The original can be found on News24
I was going to write this letter just before the Easter weekend after the recent road deaths in the Western Cape, but I thought I was being too harsh and so I left it. Then today I read about this girl who takes driving selfies and her response to the criticism she received was that she is a “pro driver” thanks to her dad who is a SA champ. How my blood boiled. And so I revisited this letter and decided it is time to speak directly to the stupid, idiotic drivers that take to our roads.
Dear idiot driver
Tell me this; are you that arrogant, that ignorant, that ridiculous and that selfish that you think you are THE only person on the road? You have to be. It is the only way to explain your behaviour!
I am appalled at what I see on a daily basis on our roads and I am certain that I am not alone in this. You don’t have to be a motoring journalist or have an advanced drivers licence to know what I know. It’s simple common sense, surely?
I experience emotions I didn’t know I had when I see the amount of women putting make up on as they sit in traffic. Get up ten minutes earlier ladies! I get that you are all busy, I get you may have kids, you may be running around like a headless chicken in the mornings, but there is no excuse for taking your eye off the road to rather poke a tiny stick in it. Stop making the rest of us women look ditzy and ridiculous!
Then, to you, the person who has NO idea what is going on around them. Wake up buddy! There are other people on the road. You can’t just brake to have a look at something, or slow down to find a parking without indicating, you cannot sit at the robot that’s just turned green while you try and find something in your cubby hole. There is someone behind you! Sure, there may not have been anyone there when you last checked TEN MINUTES AGO, but there is now. Be aware! It is the 101 of driving. Know your surroundings. Gosh, I feel like I am talking to children!
Does it not boggle your mind that people seem so oblivious to what is going on around them when they are operating a motor vehicle? Why do you think you are the only driver on the road? Why do you assume that there won’t be a car driving on the road you are about to turn in to without looking? Stop being so narcissistic, not everything is about you. I’m talking to you guys in the fast lane as well. Move over! If you see a car approaching, pull in to the middle lane. You are not supposed to be driving in the far right lane anyway. It is for passing. Therefore, pass and move over. It is not your right to do the speed you want to do and hold up traffic. As much as you like to think it, you do not own the road.
You guys who don’t use your indicators, what is wrong with you? The indicator is not an optional extra. It is not there to look pretty. It is there to tell me, the driver behind you, what it is you intend on doing. It’s a really simple thing! It’s not complicated. If you want to turn right or left, flick the little stick behind your steering wheel. If you are slowing down, coming to a stop in a place that you aren’t legally allowed to, put your hazards on…again, it let’s me know that something is potentially wrong with your car and/or you are stopping for some unknown reason…either way, it lets me know what you are doing so that I can do what I need to do.
To you idiots on your cellphone…it is illegal! Yes, illegal. The same way you don’t go around shooting people, you don’t use your cellphone when driving. It is deadly! No, you are not a better driver than anyone else therefore able to multitask. Just because you have gotten away with it until now doesn’t mean you are going to carry on getting away with it. And you know when you won’t get a way with it? When you kill me or a family member of mine because you are just so important that you just had to reply to that text otherwise the whole world would collapse. News alert: YOU ARE NOT THAT IMPORTANT! No one is. Pull over or wait till you have reached your destination, then go for your phone. If you don’t have that kind of discipline, and I assume you do not, put it in the boot where you cannot hear it or reach for it.
Then, just to the idiot drivers in general, the ones who speed (no, it does not make you a good driver and you do not look cool), the ones who overtake on a blind corner or a blind rise, the ones who have zero patience and take stupid chances, the ones who don’t buckle their kids up, the ones who drive with one finger holding the steering wheel, and especially to those who drive drunk. Catch a wake up guys! Take a second and picture your beloved wife, husband, child, mother, father, sister, brother, best friend, colleague being taken from you by someone who just HAD to overtake on that blind rise because it meant they would arrive at their destination just one minute sooner. Is it worth it?
I leave you with this you idiotic drivers, you are not as good at driving as you think you are. In fact, if you tell other people that you are a good driver, you are not! A confident driver is a good driver. An aware driver is a good driver. Someone who isn’t doing illegal sh!t on the road is a good driver. Someone who takes driving very seriously, who knows just how quickly an accident can happen and just how much concentration it takes to be behind a wheel…that is a good driver. So get off your silly little high horse, stop trying to be a cowboy on the road, lose the arrogant attitude and try leave your narcissistic behaviour at home before you step in to your car and drive on the road that ALL OF US SHARE.
From someone who knows how to drive…safely!
I am sure many of you reading this have many more examples of just how badly people drive on our roads. Please share them below!