• The police or army alone CANNOT solve the gang problem! We explain why in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: February 2020, from p 30 to p 35.

    The police or army alone CANNOT solve the gang problem! We explain why in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: February 2020, from p 30 to p 35.

  • Are outlaw motorcycle and mobile gangs, macho men or criminals on bikes? We ask whether anything good comes from these gangs? Read the article in Servamus: February 2020, from p 26 to p 29.

    Are outlaw motorcycle and mobile gangs, macho men or criminals on bikes? We ask whether anything good comes from these gangs? Read the article in Servamus: February 2020, from p 26 to p 29.

  • A total of 4971 new, eager constables joined the SAPS in December 2019 when their passing-out parades were held. Read about their training in Servamus: February 2020, from p 60 to p 61.

    A total of 4971 new, eager constables joined the SAPS in December 2019 when their passing-out parades were held. Read about their training in Servamus: February 2020, from p 60 to p 61.

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- S V Nkosinathi Gama Review No: R40/2019 dated 19 July 2019 (FB)*; S V Bam 2019(2) SACR 662 (FB)*; and S V Phuzi 2019(2) SACR 648 (FB)*

Relevant legal provisions
Section 59 of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 (“the NRTA”) provides as follows:

“59. Speed limit

(1) The general speed limit in respect of –

(a) every public road or section thereof, other than a freeway, situated within an urban area;

(b) every public road or section thereof, other than a freeway, situated outside an urban area; and

(c) every freeway,

shall be as prescribed.

(2) An appropriate road traffic sign may be displayed on any public road in accordance with section 57 [of the NRTA], indicating a speed limit other than the general speed limit which applies in respect of that road in terms of subsection (1): Provided that such other speed limit shall not be higher than the speed limit prescribed in terms of subsection (1)(c).

(3) The Minister may, after a decision has been taken in the Shareholders Committee, in respect of any particular class of vehicle prescribe a speed limit which is lower or higher than the general speed limit prescribed in terms of subsection (l)(b) or (c): Provided that the speed limit so prescribed shall not replace a lower speed limit indicated in terms of subsection (2) by an appropriate road traffic sign.

(4) No person shall drive a vehicle on a public road at a speed in excess of -

(a) the general speed limit which in terms of subsection (1) [of this section 59] applies in respect of that road;

(b) the speed limit indicated in terms of subsection (2) by an appropriate road traffic sign in respect of that road; or

(c) the speed limit prescribed by the Minister under subsection (3) in respect of the class of vehicle concerned.”

Regulation 292 of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000 (hereinafter referred to as “regulation 292”) provides as follows:

“292. General speed limits

A general speed limit of -

(a) 60 km/h shall apply in respect of every public road or section thereof, situated within an urban area;

(b) 100 km/h shall apply in respect of every public road or section thereof, other than a freeway, situated outside an urban area; and

(c) 120 km/h shall apply in respect of every freeway.”

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Imagine seeing death even before you are old enough to go to primary school.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
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Letters - February 2020

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