Driver fined total of E7 400
MANZINI - A man was fined E7 400 for offences which included drink-driving and failing to stop when ordered to do so by police officers.
Mncobi Makhubu (34), of Luyengo, appeared before Magistrate Sebenzile Ndlela yesterday. He pleaded guilty to all charges.
When asked why he failed to comply with the police instruction to stop, he said he feared that he would be arrested because he was drunk.
Makhubu was stopped at Esigodvweni while driving a Toyota sedan. When ordered to stop, he sped off and the traffic police chased after him.
He was eventually arrested near the Swaziland Electricity Company Depot, in Matsapha.
When the police asked for his driver’s licence, he failed to produce it. Makhubu was also charged with driving his vehicle recklessly and failing to stop at a stop sign near the Matsapha Police Station.
He is said to have also spun his vehicle, which had a counterfeit clearance disk and was unlicen- ced.
When mitigating, he apologised for committing all the offences and said he had five children and a wife who was expecting a baby.
For drink-driving he was sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of a E2 000 fine.
For failing to stop when instructed to do so by the police, he was sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of a E2 000 fine.
For failing to produce a driver’s licence and driving recklessly he was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of an E800 fine for each count; and for driving the vehicle with a counterfeit clearance disk, he was sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of a E1 000 fine. He was sentenced to six months imprison-ment with an option of an E800 fine for driving an unlicenced vehicle.
Hawu we feel sorry for him but the courts can't revive our economy one day because the fines they are imposing to the poor Swazis are very ridiculous and tantamount to killing one of their own. Surprisingly this magistrate fines are always high.
June 26, 2012, 2:00 PM, tijolojolo (email@example.com )
He says he has children and a wife, but one just wonders how he manages his family with this irresponsible character. I think government should consider imposing extra punishment, as it seems people are not deterred by these 'DD" fines, infact, they have money to buy expensive alcohol and hence, of course, they afford the fines.
June 26, 2012, 2:00 PM, Cultural (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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