Speeder case crashes and burns after big court mess-up

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Speeder case crashes and burns after big court mess-up

The conviction is set aside after court bungles the court record and charges him using the wrong legislation

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What’s the best way to get out of a R4,000 traffic fine or eight months in prison? Hope that your trial court bungles the court record and accidentally convicts you with the wrong legislation.

This is what happened to motorist Nkosinathi Gama, who was initially caught zooming down the N1 in Kroonstad at 130km/h. When Gama was brought before the Kroonstad Magistrate’s Court, he admitted he had been speeding and, because he didn’t have a legal representative present, pleaded guilty to the charge before him.

However, it appeared that the court accidentally convicted Gama of contravening Section 59 of the National Road Traffic Act, sentencing him to R4,000 or eight months in prison, suspended for three years on condition that he wasn’t caught speeding again...

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