In a previous edition, the WITBANK NEWS asked that fines and related evidence be emailed to Ewouda van Rooyen at [email protected] in order for her to collect information to forward to AfriForum’s prosecutions divison.
Unfortunately individuals started bombarding AfriForum with their fines themselves instead of forwarding them to the email address cited in the original article.
Prior to the publishing of the article in which information was requested, on September 26, a letter was issued from AfriForum to Ewouda van Rooyen in which they stated the following:
“Dear Mrs van Rooyen, Thank you for bringing the matter to our attention. In order for this office to deal with the alleged conduct we would need factual evidence as to the identification of persons who have received such summonses and/or who have been arrested in order for us to have meaningful engagement with the authorities. Whilst one can deliberate on the issues highlighted this office is unfortunately not in a position to give any legal opinion on a matter in which facts are not disclosed.”
The letter was signed by Adv Gerrie Nel, the Head of Private Prosecutions at AfriForum.
After receiving this letter, Ewouda approached the WITBANK NEWS hoping that publishing a small request for information to be forwarded to her personal email address would be the best way to collect the evidence which was requested by AfriForum’s office of Private Prosecutions.
On October 18, AfriForum’s Private Prosecutions division sent Ewouda an email asking that she rectify the palaver of their office receiving innumerable traffic fines and withdraw the notice from the WITBANK NEWS.
On October 18, AfriForum emailed the WITBANK NEWS as well, requesting that a correction be published in the newspaper.
Due to this, please take note of the following correction: AfriForum did not request that individuals send them their personal traffic fines directly to their offices; they did request that Ewouda van Rooyen collect information pertaining to the speeding cameras and forward it to them so that they could form a legal opinion on the matter.
Ewouda, at the time, believed that the most efficient way to request information would be a notice in the newspaper, AfriForum ostensibly did not hold the same belief.
If you have personally forwarded traffic fines to AfriForum’s offices, please take note that they will not assist you.
Due to AfriForum’s response, Ewouda has withdrawn from attempting to garner AfriForum’s help. Ewouda requests that those with complaints relating to their traffic fines, or arrests/threatened arrests due to outstanding traffic fines, be forwarded to her at [email protected] as she will continue to pursue the case and search for help in doing so.
Kindly refrain from sending your speeding camera fines and complaints to AfriForum.