Fines issued in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act

  • After an infringement is captured on camera, within 30 days, a notice of offence under Section 341 of the Criminal Procedure Act must be generated and sent to the alleged infringer.
  • The Section 341 notice sets out a timeframe in which a fine may be paid before issue of Summons.
  • The notice is posted via regular post to the last known address of the alleged infringer, and a timeframe in which the fine may be paid will be provided.
  • Payment in terms of a Section 341 will not result in a criminal record against the infringer.
  • If the infringer fails to comply with the Section 341, a criminal summons, in terms of Section 54 will be generated and served. A court date will be cited as well as a date before such court date by when an “admission of guilt fine” may be paid in order to avoid a court appearance must appear on this summons. Payment of an admission of guilt fine at this stage will result in a criminal record against the infringer.
  • If you are stopped by a traffic officer pursuant to an infringement you will receive a Section 56 Summons, which sets out the date by which an admission of guilt fine may be paid, and the court appearance date. Admission of guilt fines under Section 56 will result in a criminal record against the infringer, even if the full amount is paid before the court date.

If the alleged infringer does not take any action and fails to appear at court on the cited court date, a magistrate will hold him/her in contempt of court. A warrant of arrest will be issued against the infringer.


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