Workaholic Indvuna Yenkhundla has plan for cops that ambush DD offenders
Motorists have most often not hidden their displeasure at what they view as traffic police officers ambushing them along public roads after drinking sprees in liquor outlets and then subjecting them to breathalyser tests for alcohol content in their blood.
If found with the high alcohol content they are then arrested and charged for drink driving before their court appearances where they are fined from E1 500 to E5 000 upon conviction for the charge. Even Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) National Commissioner (NATCOM) Isaac Magagula did state that traffic police officers should not mount road blocks outside liquor outlets or waylay motorists. Even though Magagula said the allegations of waylaying patrons near pubs or their homes remain unsubstantiated, he succinctly stated that it was wrong to do so.
He termed the waylaying as ‘kucothela’ back in 2013. He has, however, not hidden the painful fact that drink driving contributes to the high number of accidents in the country’s roads.
Lobamba Indvuna Yenkhundla (Constituency Headman) Abraham ‘Mbhambadane’ Bhembe has a plan for Lobamba police officers that waylay residents from Mvutshini after enjoying alcoholic drinks at one of the popular drinking halls in Ezulwini – just across their place of aboard. He got very popular to the people that elected him at Mvutshini this past weekend during an organised vusela exercise by the recently elected candidates to the area.
Mbhambadane when addressing the residents said he felt pity that people get arrested all the time and pay hefty fines in court after drinking at their favourite hangout spot just across their residences. The feeling is that police officers waylay the offenders to a point that they stage road blocks in areas that they know they will use after imbibing in alcohol.
“I want to assist you, the people of Mvutshini, by ensuring that a private road is constructed that will lead from Ezulwini to Mvutshini to assist drink drivers to evade police officers that ambush them along the public road. The money that people end up paying as fines could be used to pay school fees and other essential things. I urge you to assist me in making this dream a reality,” he said much to the applause of the residents.
Magagula when forwarding his case back then said it was unethical for the police to waylay the offenders.
"Firstly, police would be intimidating those who are drinking. Secondly, if they camp outside liquor outlets then they are destroying business. It is unethical to do so. We will see how to deal with it if it is true. You wouldn’t drink properly if you see the police outside the liquor outlet you are in. It would be unethical and overzealous in our approach," the police chief said then.
He said a roadblock could be staged near a pub due to an accident factor determined by the police, but not for the purposes of waylaying pub patrons.
"Police can only go into a liquor outlet to protect people but not to monitor how much motorists drink. That is intimidation. If police do that then it is wrong," Magagula added then.
Meanwhile, during the secondary elections, it was yet another landslide victory for Bhembe, otherwise widely referred to as ‘Mbhambadane’, as he won the race for Lobamba Indvuna Yenkhundla for the second consecutive term.
Bhembe amassed a total of 3 529 votes while his closest competitor obtained 2 306 votes.
Bhembe was quick to thank his supporters for voting him into the position even this term while he also singled out Prophet Elijah Fire for his prophecies that showed him the way to being Indvuna Yenkhundla again.He said he was grateful for making it back as that would allow him to finish all the projects he had already started within the Lobamba Inkhundla.
“I thank the community of Lobamba for the trust they have shown in me once again. I am going to work 100 per cent more than I have been doing,” he said.
When asked if he was considering standing for the MP position in future especially given his popularity in the area, Bhembe said after finishing his term in five years time he would again go back to the people and they will be the ones to decide if he is fit for that.
…Mbhambadane wants to construct private road from Ezulwini to Mvutshini to assist residents to evade police officers that waylay offenders on the public road on their way home
LICENCE: A traffic officer talks to a motorists in a routine roadblock stop.