Ministers speed into SA's bad books

2012-07-25 13:58

Certain members of parliament have been under the spotlight recently as news broke of their unpaid fines.

We recently reported on Dipou Peters racking up a staggering R40 000 in traffic fines, but shocked parties weren’t given much time to process the information as news of Susan Shabangu’s shocking unpaid R64 060 became public.


James Lorimer, Democratic Alliance shadow minister of mineral resources, stated his disgust saying: “Our national ministers should be setting an example for the rest of the country to follow. Instead, they are showing the rest of South Africa that they have no regard for human life. They should be ashamed of themselves.

"It is only a matter of time before one of our speeding ministers claims a victim on our road."

In reaction to the news, Peters’ office replied saying: "The minister is driven to and from official engagements by the South African Police Services’ VIP Protection Unit and the following traffic fines were incurred by the unit’s members in the execution on duty."

Top traffic offending ministers 2012:
Mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu - R64 060
Minister of energy Dipuo Peters - R39 400
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson - R30 400.
Water and environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa - R12 625
Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor - R9800

As with any discrepancies involving government, many South Africans commented on the issue and here’s what some Wheels24 readers had to say:


Instead of setting examples of good citizenship, ministers like Ms Peters' behaviour encourage the perception that "everything is OK, as long as you have an excuse and as long as you can get away with it" (Watch Jub-Jub getting away with murder!).

Looking at her, maybe the fines were for vehicle overloading?

If the new points system on drivers was in operation would she lose her drivers permit or be given Parlimentary Immunity?

We dont have enough informed voters in this country. Thats why we have a failed democracy.

As Judge Dredd famously said, "we can't break the law, we are the law!!!"

2009 - 2010 - R2750
2010 - 2011 - R29 000
2011 - 2012 - R32 310

So she's becoming better at it......

Well done, lady. Don't worry about paying the fines. It's only our privilege as your loyal taxpaying servants to foot the bill for you... again. No worries, mate, really. It's on us. No problem. Don't mention it. Only a pleasure.

And I always thought part of the oath they take, when they take office... is to uphold and defend the laws of the country...

  • robert.olivier.92 - 2012-07-25 17:35

    democracy is failing the nation that is ruled by the ANC

      tamishka.ra.5 - 2012-07-25 22:10

      and by the taxi drivers who apparently have great role models like these ministers.........no respect for the law.

  • desmond.altona - 2012-07-25 17:48

    So if you get s fine while executing your duties that'sOK. In other words whenever I am executing my duty - oin other words doing my work - I don't have to pay fines??? I Like

  • waldo.nel.7 - 2012-07-26 05:59

    Funny how all of them are female - none the less....Even if the VIP Unit gets these fines she is the minister and should be telling, wait ordering, the unit to adhere to traffic laws....

  • braamc - 2012-07-26 06:51

    Mainly the fat bitches

  • thebat.man.509 - 2012-07-26 08:14

    And this is why our country is falling apart. It's the culture. Culture (not the race kind) is set from the top down. If the CEO always shows up late for work, eventually everyone else will too. If the ministers do not respect the road laws, neither will the police and neither will anyone else. I see police vehicles parked in the middle of a lane everyday like it's their parking bay. Other motorists have also started doing it. If we want to see any measurable change it has to start at the top.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-26 10:57

    Due to their high standing and respected position in South African society, they must naturally be considered exempt from adhering to any of the laws applicable to the lowly public, who strangely enough, voted them into power originally, with the misplaced opinion, that they would then gratefully govern to the advantage of the people, and not accumulate and protect their wealth, with the ferocity of a wounded predator. Their extreme importance and value to the country, as well as their inordinately heavy schedule of effectively governing the country, also affords them the privilege of racing along our freeways with blue lights and sirens, at recklessly high speeds, close to 50% over the speed limit, and shooting to kill, any innocent motorist, also using the freeways that their tax money paid for. In the event of any fatal accidents, it is claimed that getting a politician to his important meeting on time, far outweighs the death of an insignificant motorist. Further, any motorist obstructing their headlong dash, was regarded as a serious safety risk to the life of the VIP in transit.

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