You can spend seven days behind bars for driving under the influence before you even make a court appearance for your bail application.
That’s if the Road Traffic Management Corporation has its way.
The corporation wants driving under the influence moved from being a schedule 2 offence to a schedule 5 or 6 under the Criminal Procedure Act, making the crime as serious as murder and rape.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, the Justice Project South Africa chair Howard Dembovsky says there is nothing new about this kind of suggestions as these are calls that have been made since September 2015.
And it still hasn't managed to wiggle its way through the Department of Justice in order to start to amend the Criminal Procedure Act.— Howard Dembovsky, Chairperson at Justice Project South Africa
He adds while this is an attempt on the part of the minister to stiffen punishment it is something that is strictly forbidden by our law.
Listen below to the full interview:
This article first appeared on 702 : Drunk drivers could spend 7 days in jail before a bail hearing if law changes