Cape Town - One of the city’s “10 most wanted” traffic offenders - with outstanding warrants to the value of R110 700 - has been arrested.
This came as Western Cape motorists divided into two camps over dramatic increases in traffic fines from 1 August.
On social media on Wednesday, some indicated their support for provincial traffic boss Kenny Africa, who announced increases of up to 300 percent for key offences. But others, such as Dennis the Menace, on Twitter, were not impressed: “One thing to increase fines but a totally different thing to enforce! We know traffic officers are seldom seen doing their work!!”
Justin for Good wrote: “Who will join to vote out @DA News if they go ahead with increased fines.”
ID FLAGGED ON NATIS SYSTEM
The city council said the “most wanted” driver was caught after he was forced to visit Gallows Hill Traffic Department because a flag on his identity document prevented him from renewing vehicle licences or doing vehicle-related transactions by post.
Mayco member JP Smith reported: “On further investigation, the system showed he was previously warned on 69 warrants, which became double warrants as he had failed to appear in court on the warning dates given.
“He was arrested and taken to the City Hall Magistrate’s Court, where the magistrate set bail of R10 000. He did not post bail and was then taken to the Cape Town Central Police Station to be transferred to Pollsmoor prison.”
He is to appear in court soon.