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Durban - A Zululand woman who got the shock of her life when she received 570 traffic fines totalling a staggering R72 500, finally breathed a sigh of relief this week when the Umhlathuze Municipality conceded that multiple copies of the fines had been made.
Nadine Pretorius, of Felixton, near Empangeni, was lost for words last week when she discovered to her horror that she had racked up the massive speeding fines.
However, it later emerged that she had been issued only two tickets – which were duplicated 285 times.
The two fines, each for R125, had been issued in July when Pretorius, 35, was caught driving at 74km/h in a 60km/h zone.
“I’m just glad that this whole mess is over,” she said, chuckling.
The city of Umhlathuze this week confirmed the blunder had been caused by a technical error.
Municipal spokesman Vukile Mathabela said the printing and posting was done by a centralised system and an error had occurred with the printing of a specific ticket.
“The lady in question was not fined multiple times, but received copies of the same fine,” he said.
He apologised for any inconvenience that might have been caused.
The company hired by the municipality to manage its traffic speed management, Traffic Management Technologies, would foot the printing and postal bill, he said.
“The printing batch process has also been assessed and a quality control procedure updated to ensure this does not occur again,” said Mathabela.
Independent on Saturday