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MBABANE – Bhantshana Gwebu, the Chief Government Vehicle Inspector has been arrested. Gwebu was arrested and charged by the Mbabane police yesterday morning after he was surrendered by his lawyer Machawe Sithole from Dunseith Attorneys.


Gwebu has been charged with contempt of court after he arrested and charged a driver of High Court Judge Esther Ota.
The Chief Justice on Saturday issued a warrant for his arrest after he arrested and charged the driver, Vusi Tsela, next to Sifundzani Primary School on Saturday.
Judge Ota was present when Gwebu arrested and charged Tsela for the alleged abuse of the government vehicle.


The chief government vehicle inspector yesterday appeared before Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi who remanded him in custody until Monday.
This means that Gwebu will spend the next seven days at Sidwashini Correctional facility pending the hearing of his matter.
The matter was heard inside the chambers of the Chief Justice and present were High Court Registrar Mpendulo Simelane, Mbabane Police Station Desk Officer Mkhuzeni Kunene and Thabo Dlamini from the chambers of the Attorney General.


Dlamini (Thabo) asked that the matter to be stood down for 30 minutes so that he could prepare a charge sheet but the Chief Justice ordered that Gwebu be remanded in custody until Monday. Tsela had taken the judge to Sifundzani primary where she had gone to buy school uniform for her children.
The driver and Judge Ota were travelling in a Mitsubishi Lancer registered GSD 028 JU when Gwebu pounced on them.


The driver was slapped with two charges; using a government vehicle for any purpose other than that authorised without a written authority of a proper officer and that of allegedly using a government vehicle on a weekend (Saturday).
Gwebu said he found the government vehicle parked outside Sifundzani Primary School on Saturday.


He said he then charged the driver but the judge allegedly tried to explain to him that she had come to the school to buy uniform for her children.
Registrar of the High Court Simelane said the judge was en route to work.

 

Arrest will not stop me – Bhantshana


MBABANE – Bhantshana Gwebu says he will continue executing his duties without fear or favour.
He said his arrest would not deter him from arresting and charging civil servants who abuse government vehicles.


He made this comment after his appearance before the Chief Justice who yesterday remanded him in custody until Monday.
The chief government vehicle inspector is facing a charge of contempt of court after he arrested and charged a driver of a High Court judge on Saturday.


“I will only stop arresting and charging those who abuse government vehicles once I retire from the civil service.  I have been lampooned but I will not be stopped from executing my duties and serving my employer,” he said.


Gwebu said he was still asking himself many questions as he does not understand why he was arrested. He said he arrested the driver after having satisfied himself that he had flouted the laws governing the usage of government vehicles.


“My incarceration does not mean I will stop doing what I was employed for. I am not shaken; I will stand my ground as I acted within the scope and conduct of my duties. I did not arrest the judge but her driver,” he said.

Lawyer to file urgent bail application


MBABANE – The lawyer representing Bhatshana Gwebu will be filing an urgent bail application today
Gwebu is represented by Machawe Sithole from Dunseith Attorneys in Mbabane.


Gwebu’s lawyer is seeking an order that his client be released from custody pending the hearing and determination of his case on Monday.
The chief government vehicle inspector is facing a charge of contempt of court.

He appeared before Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi yesterday who remanded him in custody until Monday. Sithole confirmed that he was contemplating filing an application for bail pending the hearing of the matter on Monday.

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