Long hand of the law catches up with former senior traffic department official

Phokeng: The Bafokeng Magistrates’ Court postponed a case against Levy Ikaneng, a former senior official at the Provincial Traffic Department, to 20 April 2022 for further investigations. Ikaneng is charged with two counts of negligent driving and failure or refusal to give blood/breath sample, both charges being in contravention of the Road Traffic Act.

Ikaneng, who is a husband to a senior magistrate, was allegedly arrested on 23 April 2016 after he knocked down a man with a Volvo sedan in Tlhabane. Upon his arrest he refused to have his blood/breath samples taken as he was suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

The pedestrian who was knocked down by Ikaneng is said to be bedridden and wheelchair confined as a result of the incident.

The matter was brought to the NPA’s attention by the family through a complaint after the docket was mysteriously closed without being handed over for prosecution. Advocate Cavin Mphaga took it upon himself to probe the matter with the SAPS and three years later it was brought back into the criminal justice system for prosecution.

Ikaneng is currently out on a warning and the court warned him not to interfere with the state witnesses and to avail himself on the next court appearance.

The Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Adv Rachel Makhari-Sekhaolelo lauded Advocate Mphaga for his unwavering pursuit of justice for the victim by ensuring that the matter is brought back to the criminal justice system. “The NPA is serious in discharging its mandate of bringing justice to the most vulnerable without fear, favour or prejudice”, she said.

Released by SIU

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