Driver was nine times over limit

Crime & Courts

Durban - A motorist who was almost nine times over the legal alcohol limit has been fined heavily and criticised by a magistrate.

Phumlami S’fiso Mbata, 43, was fined R24 000 (or 48 months, half of it suspended) by magistrate Melanie de Jager.

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His blood alcohol concentration registered 0.39gm in 100 millilitres of blood.

“The interest of society dictates that a message must be sent out to the public, that driving under the influence is a serious matter,” De Jager said on Friday.

She added that she had six similar matters on her roll that day, and it was obvious that this was a prevalent problem.

“Society wants the government policy of zero tolerance enforced.

I am not going to sentence you to jail today,” said De Jager, noting Mbata had two children and a wife to support.

She did not suspend his licence, saying doing so could interfere with his ability to work. - The Mercury

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