BULAWAYO, Tuesday, July 26, 1966 — The South African equivalent of Rhodesia’s Roads and Road Traffic Act was at the High Court, Bulawayo, yesterday described by the Chief Justice, Sir Hugh Beadle, as the “more reasonable’’ of the two countries’ road Acts.
Sir Hugh, who sat with Justice H McDonald, the Judge of Appeal, was summing up in a case in which Alo Ndhlovu appealed against conviction and a fine of £24 for three counts under the Roads and Road Traffic Act. The fine was reduced to £10. It was recalled that, after his motor vehicle had been ordered off the road for having no rear view mirror and having an ineffective hand brake, Ndhlovu had been subsequently granted permission by the vehicle inspector to take the vehicle away for repairs.
Ndhlovu, who conducted his own defence, told the court that the vehicle inspector had agreed that he drive the vehicle provided it was insured.
He had taken the vehicle to a garage and had been told to return the following day.
On his way back he had been stopped and charged with driving the car while it was banned from the roads.
He said under the South African Roads and Road Traffic Ordinance an owner is allowed to drive the vehicle away for the express purpose of taking it to a garage and back to the vehicle inspector’s depot.