THE CASE CON­TIN­UES: CHARGES

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hongwe pleaded not guilty to con­tra­ven­ing the Swazi­land Ad­min­is­tra­tion Or­der by al­legedly fail­ing, re­fus­ing or ne­glect­ing to ap­pear be­fore the Ezul­wini Um­phakatsi when called to an­swer cer­tain is­sues re­gard­ing his force­ful stay as a ten­ant in his of­fice, de­spite an or­der by the Royal Kraal to have him ejected.

Shongwe made these pleas when he made his ap­pear­ance on his first

Sday of trial be­fore Judge Maphanga af­ter the Crown rep­re­sented had put them to him. The pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor is fac­ing a to­tal of five counts in that on the first count he is charged with con­tra­vened Sec­tion 3 (1) of the Civil Avi­a­tion Reg­u­la­tions in that he al­legedly pi­loted a drone while at Mvutjini with­out be­ing a holder of a valid Civil Avi­a­tion li­cence.

On the sec­ond count, Shongwe is al­leged to have con­tra­vened Sec­tion 59 (1) of the reg­u­la­tions in that he flew the same drone in Swazi­land air space and thus flouted the Con­ven­tion of In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion.

Shongwe on the third count is charged with con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 54 of the Civil Avi­a­tion Reg­u­la­tions in that while at Mvutjini, he flew the same drone with­out be­ing a holder of an Air­craft Cer­tifi­cate while on the fourth count he is al­leged to have con­tra­vened Sec­tion 60(1) of the same reg­u­la­tions in that he flew a pi­lot­less air­craft.

Mean­while, on the last count he is al­leged to have gone against the Swazi­land Ad­min­is­tra­tion Or­der in that while at Mvutjini, he re­fused to ap­pear be­fore the Ezul­wini Um­phakatsi af­ter be­ing sum­moned by Ind­vuna Nd­lavela Mav­im­bela on be­half of Chief Si­fiso Mashampu Khu­malo.

Ac­cord­ing to the Swazi­land Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (SWACAA) Act of 2009, all peo­ple who want to fly an air­craft for what­ever rea­sons are sup­posed to ob­tain a li­cence from SWACAA.

Shongwe re­ported the drone miss­ing while fly­ing in the di­rec­tion of Somhlolo Na­tional Sta­dium dur­ing Ester Ser­vices where the League of Churches had de­scended for the an­nual ser­vices and he had claimed the drone costs in the re­gion of E20 000.

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