A senior manager for the City of Cape Town is due to appear in the Swellendam Magistrate’s Court next month after he was arrested last weekend for driving 156km/h in a 120km/h zone in Swellendam.
According to IOL, police in the Southern Cape said the manager was apprehended by Swellendam provincial traffic officials at the scene and taken into custody.
The manager did not appear in court as scheduled on Monday, 24 January as his case has been moved to 23 February.
Meanwhile, Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell has expressed his concerns regarding the the high speeds recorded in the Western Cape between January 17 and 23.
“Traveling at 169km/h in a 120km/h zone is reckless and irresponsible. Drivers are putting their own lives and the lives of other road users at considerable risk”, he said.
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“I call on other role-players including the South African Police Service and prosecuting authorities to ensure that the hard work by our officers in apprehending these criminals is not undone and that these law-breakers face the full might of the law,” Mitchell expressed.
The Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services implemented a total of 323 integrated roadblocks, vehicle check points and speed control operations across the province in the week of 17 to 23 January, and 32 330 vehicles were stopped and checked.
A total of 253 speeding offences were recorded and 6 641 fines were issued for various traffic violations ranging from driver to vehicle fitness in the total amount of R8 074 300.
The highest speeds recorded were as follows:
- 169 km/h in a 120 km/h zone
- 139 km/h in a 100 km/h zone
- 104 km/h in a 90 km/h zone
- 119 km/h in a 80 km/h zone
- 99 km/h in a 60 km/h zone
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