Month: January 2017

Announcements/reports on new traffic regulations are misleading – JPSA

JOHANNESBURG – Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has noted various reports which have apparently arisen out of statements made by representatives and the spokesperson for the Department of Transport regarding numerous amendments and/or insertions in the National Road Traffic Regulations, only two of which have been promulgated.

For some reason which is not immediately apparent to us, the Department of Transport appears to have chosen to irresponsibly conflate actual promulgated amendments with draft amendments and this merely has the effect of spreading misinformation and confusing the public. Continue reading

JPSA welcomes news of further corruption busts and investigations

JOHANNESBURG – Justice Project South Africa is delighted to note that some action is finally being taken to tackle the rampant corruption in driving and vehicle licensing centres within the City of Johannesburg and now, Gauteng in general.

Today it was announced that a further 7 licensing officials were arrested by the Hawks, resulting from the investigation the City of Johannesburg commissioned in the latter part of 2016. Continue reading

Parole for Maarohanye and Tshabalala sends ‘unfortunate’ road safety message

JOHANNESBURG – The release of Molemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala on parole today, after serving four years and one month of their respective eight year sentences for killing four schoolchildren and injuring a further two in 2010 sends a rather “unfortunate” message with respect to road safety.

Albeit that two of the three families of the victims reportedly said they would accept Maarohanye’s and Tshabalala’s parole if they apologised to them first, which forgiveness it is only their place to give; it must never be forgotten that enormous human suffering was inflicted by these two individuals and that this matter highlights the extreme danger posed by driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs (DUI). Continue reading

Spate of excessively high speed and DUI offences is of major concern

JOHANNESBURG – Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has noted the prevailing trend of motorists being arrested for allegedly driving at excessively high speeds reported by the Road Traffic Management Corporation. It has been reported that a 24-year-old motorist is due in court in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal today (3 January 2017) for allegedly driving at 224km/h on the N2 highway on Monday. On Friday 30 December 2016, it was reported that a motorist had been arrested for driving at a whopping 293km/h on the Mabobane Highway in Tshwane.

There are several issues that are of major concern to JPSA, not least of which is the fact that there can be no valid justification for people to drive at such excessively high speeds on public roads, particularly in light of the high probability of crashes occurring. Continue reading