Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Non­duduzo Kunene

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.

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