Justice Project SA says Aarto usurps court authority

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Project South Africa says the Aarto system usurps the authority of the courts and violates South Africa's constitution.

It says the bill makes it difficult for motorists to defend themselves if accused of an offence.

If you fail to act, not if you're found guilty, If you fail to act once an infringement notice has been issued against you, it will process down the adjudication process and eventually force you to pay and impose demerit points on your driving licence, regardless of whether you are guilty of the infringement or not," said Howard Dembovsky of Justice Project South Africa.

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"You have to jump through firing red hops in order to prove your innocence. Aarto holds your guilty until you prove yourself innocent. It's contrary to the constitution of the Republic of South Africa. It amazes me how we have officials talking about their colleagues who we must regard innocent until proven guilty.

"The opportunity to prove yourself innocent is severely limited by making you jump through so many hoops that you absolutely will not believe how many hops there are", says Howard Dembovsky of Justice Project South Africa", Dembovsky added.

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The public has 30 days to comment on Aarto's regulations.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s renewed Aarto legislation promises harsh penalties for those who flout the rules of the road.

"The Act promotes responsible behaviour on our roads through the creation of a demerit system, which introduces meaningful consequences for reckless, negligent and inconsiderate conduct,” Ramaphosa said.