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SA traffic fines for tsunami fund
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Some motorists accuse the state of using speeding fines state to raise money
A South African magistrate has been praised for persuading motorists to pay a portion of their speeding fines to the Asian tsunami relief fund.

KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate Director John Schnell told the BBC that he expected other magistrates to follow the lead of Mahendra Daya.

Mr Daya raised 44,500 rand ($7,500) for tsunami victims last week.

He has previously ordered that some traffic fines be paid to child welfare groups, Aids projects and hospices.

'Moral high ground'

"This innovative sentencing is to be supported," Mr Schnell told the BBC's World Today programme.

"It adds moral high ground for those engaged in enforcement."

He also said that it helps fight the argument that the state uses speeding fines to raise money.

Mr Schnell said that he had not recieved any complaints.

Motorists taken to Scottburgh magistrates court are being asked if they agree to plea bargain, with their sentences suspended on condition they contribute to the local Rotary Club's Tsunami Relief Fund, the Tribune newspaper reports.

One man's 20,000 rand fine was suspended, on condition he paid 8,000 rand to Scottburgh Rotary Club, the paper said.


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