BLOEMFONTIEN, Free State - A post doing the rounds on Facebook might have caused a few good chuckles but one has to wonder about the intelligence levels of South Africa's law enforcement personnel.
OH, HELP US! Christophel Snyman holds up his silly fine for drove while driving a motor vehicle. Image: Facebook
In January 2013 Wheels24 reported that a University of the Free State lecturer was fined R300 for resting his elbow on the windowsill of his bakkie while driving on the N1 near Bloemfontein. Silly, but true and also quite legit - it is illegal.
A spokesperson for the transport department explained that the officers had acted within the law, as the Road Traffic Act of 1996 states that "no body part of a driver or passenger may protrude from a vehicle".
EXCUSE ME, OFFICER...
But how is this explained....
The ticket doing the rounds on email and Facebook reads..:
"The new SA way to help pay for Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla!
"Bloemfontein businessman Chris Snyman shows the ticket he was issued when a traffic officer flagged him down. The reason: 'Drove motor vehicle while driving'"
Anywhere else this would be laughed off as a hoax but here in SA, it's not too surprising even if it is true.
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