Magistrate Moses Maswanganyi from the Brits Magistrate’s court was up in arms on 14 September, 2015. This dealt with two cases regarding drunkard driving and vehicle overloading, respectively.
Mr. Kelvin Ngema appeared the in the Magistrate’s Court for the first time. He was arrested for overloading his vehicle. Mr. Ngema also stated that he will be representing himself in court. This lead to him having to pay admission of guilt after being found guilty.
“I was driving a company truck when the incident occurred, and I agreed to pay admission of guilt because I don’t want to lose my drivers license,” said Mr. Ngema.
The magistrate postponed the matter to 19 October, 2015, for further investigation. Mr. Ngema pleaded with court that he is based in Durban and that it would be difficult for him to attend court proceedings in Brits.
Therefore, the magistrate requested Mr. Ngema to choose between remaining in prison in order to attend court proceedings or to arrange for sufficient transport. The accused thus chose the latter
Another case that arose, was that of Mr. Rian Mapalakata who was accused of drunkard driving. His case was postponed to 21 December, 2015 also for further investigation. James Sithole appeared for the first time for culpable homicide and also reappeared on 21 September, 2015 for judgment.