‘Calibration’ is the word on every driver’s tongue

Mr Enock Mugore recently received a notification that he had an outstanding speeding ticket on paymyfines.co.za.

He was shocked to learn of the fine because he is not someone who tends to drive over the speed limit.


Like most citizens of eMalahleni, Enock only became aware of the fine due to paymyfines.co.za’s notification system.

“My wife paid another R1 000 last month too, and she’s still in pain because she does’t drive that fast,” Enock said.

Unfortunately Enock’s wife’s fine wasn’t the only suspicious traffic camera image they’d be receiving.

Paymyfines.co.za showed that Enoch had been caught driving 96km/h in a 60km/h zone and the fine reflected that the amount due was R2 500.

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“I believe I have evidence that I wasn’t driving the speed which the fine alleges I was driving. Just before entering the street in which the camera was located, I turned out of a street with speed bumps and a stop sign. I couldn’t possibly get to the speed that the camera alleges I was driving at by the time that I reached that point.”

The speeding camera that allegedly caught Enock driving nearly 30km per hour over the speed limit is one of the infamous cameras in OR Tambo Road which are usually mounted on tiny rocks instead of the stable platform prescribed by Chapter 3, section 3.2.(a) of the Prosecuting Guidelines for Speed Measuring Equipment and Traffic Light Violation Monitoring Equipment, as was reported in the October 5 edition of the WITBANK NEWS.

When speeding cameras are not mounted on a level, stable platform as prescribed by the aforementioned guidelines, there are concerns that their calibration may be negatively affected resulting in speed readings being generated incorrectly.


It was on this stretch of road that Enock disputes having driven 30km/h over the speed limit.

Enock concluded by saying,

“if I know I’ve violated or committed an offence, then I own it and pay, but this one the mentioned speed can not be achieved from the direction I was going and the speed humps.”

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Aimee-Lee Verster

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