4 TEACHERS NABBED FOR DD IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS
AT least four high school teachers appeared before Magistrate Mthokozisi Dlamini yesterday for drink-driving.
They were all charged for contravening section 91 (1) of the Road Traffic Act of 2007 as they were wrongfully and unlawfully driving motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol.
The first one to appear before the magistrate was 38-year-old Wandile Maduna, a teacher from St Benedict High School, who was arrested and charged by the Manzini police for driving a Mazda sedan at around 2230 hours drunk.
He was driving along MR 18 public road on Saturday.
Maduna wrongfully and unlawfully drove the said motor vehicle on the said public road while under the influence of intoxicating liquor with a reading of 0. 44mg/l, which exceeded the legal limit of 0.38 mg/l.
In his mitigation, he said he had been drinking the previous day. He did not know that the alcohol was still in his system.
Maduna was fined E1 500 or 12 months imprisonment.
Meanwhile, in the same court, Bongani Ntshangase (42), who is a teacher at Good Shepherd High School, was also charged for contravening the Road Traffic Act of 2007 section 99(1) as read with section 122(2) of the same Act along with other traffic offences.
Ntshangase upon January 11, 2019, at 2227 hours was charged for driving a Mazda Three sedan along Luve and Mafutseni road, under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug.
A breathalyser conducted on him read 1.58mg/l ,which is way above the legal limit of 0.38mg/l.
On his second count, he was charged with another offence of contravening section 89(1) of the Road Traffic Act of 2007, as read with section 122(7) of the same Act.
Upon or about January 11, 2019, at about 2120 hours near Mbhangamandze along Luve MR5 public road, the accused person being the driver of a Mazda Three sedan, registered USD 982 BH, wrongfully and unlawfully drove the said motor vehicle in a negligent manner, and veered off the roadway and further went to knock a valley.
A passenger named Sifiso Shongwe (23) of Kukhanyeni sustained injuries on the head.
The particulars of his negligence were that he drove the motor vehicle at an excessive speed in disregard to the safety of his passenger. He failed to apply brakes timeously and failed to avoid an accident which a reasonable driver would have. He was found guilty on both charges. The teacher, who had a broken arm that he sustained during the injury, was fined E2 000 on the first count and E800 on the second count. He promised the court that he would not drink alcohol again.
The magistrate voiced out his concern, looking at the fact that the marula season was pending.
He hinted that maybe they need to step up the gear in terms of the punishment of drink-driving offenders.
On that note, a teacher from Madzanga High School, Phindeka Nxumalo (58), also appeared before the magistrate for contravening the Traffic Act of 91(5) of Road Safety Act of 2007 as read with section 122(2) of the same Act.
On January 12, at around 2320 hours, near Madlangempisi area along Mliba/Madlangempisi MR5 public road, Nxumalo was found occupying the driver’s seat in a motor vehicle a Mazda Sedan registered SSD 617 BH, while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug, thus contravening the Act.
His breath specimen read 0.72mg/l which was way above the legal limit of 0.38mg/l. In his mitigation, Nxumalo claimed to have not been driving the car, however, the magistrate told him that sitting on the driver’s seat while drunk was illegal. He was fined E1 000 or 12 months imprisonment.