It is often disheartening to see law makers or protectors breaking laws. It’s even humiliating if such law-breakers are public figures or influential men in the society.
News 24 reports that an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Mlungisi “Lulu” Johnson and Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s director of economic development Anele Qaba rammed into one another in alleged drunk driving over the weekend.
According to Port Elizabeth police spokesperson Sandra Janse van Rensburg, the crash occurred after midnight on Sunday at Allister Muller Drive in Humewood. They were subsequently arrested.
Meanwhile, many have wondered why the highly ranked political officials would get themselves drunk in the first place and then, turn on their car ignitions (which everyone knows it’s against the law). Yes! drunk-driving is an offence.
Following this ugly development, the offenders have criticized the senior officials for their acts, as such act speaks no good about them.
Commenting on the incidence, the DA’s caucus leader in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, Retief Odendaal, opined that the arrests of the high-ranked leaders were disappointing.
“Mr Qaba has got approximately 700 employees, I think, answerable to him in his directorate. MP Johnson is also a very senior figure within the ruling party, within the Nelson Mandela Bay, so it’s very disappointing that something like that could occur,”Odendaal said.
Confirming the incidence,ANC’s Johnson said that the accident had taken place, but declined to speak further.
“The matter is in the court, thank you,” he said.
On Monday, Qaba appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court. A look at the charge sheet reveals that he faces charges which include driving under the influence of liquor and excessive amount of alcohol in blood.
The case against him was postponed until May 31 for blood test results.
On the other hand, Johnson also made a brief court appearance separately. He too faces charges of driving under the influence of liquor and excessive amount of alcohol in blood.
Johnson, who was driving a grey Mercedes-Benz, was additionally charged for reckless and negligent driving.
The charge sheet showed that he was allegedly “driving in the lane of oncoming traffic hereby causing an accident.”
Johnson’s case was postponed until May 31 for blood test results and for him to appoint a defence lawyer.
They were previously released on bail of R1,000
Drunk driving has become a source of worry to many in the country. Last month, a jogger and her boyfriend were killed by a drunk driver who allegedly dumped her body in Dalton.
27-year-old Sithabile Mkhasibe, an engineer recently joined her family in KwaZulu-Natal Midlands from the Eastern Cape.
The horrific accident, which claimed the lives of the duo, occurred on Main Road, Dalton, when the drunk driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle, struck the pair and allegedly continued to drive with the boyfriend’s body on the bonnet.