Two British nationals, James Hackett and Erkan Bali sped over the border between South Africa and Eswatini in April, ignoring border officials and entered into South Africa.
This was revealed when the duo appeared before Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday where they were ordered to pay R40 000 or be jailed for 12 months in jail plus a R10 000 fine or three months for contravening lockdown regulations.
The fines were, however, suspended for five years on condition that they are not convicted of the same offence during the period of suspension.
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In a statement, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Natasha Kara said:
The men left the border and returned shortly afterwards, entering the country by driving straight through the port and ignoring the border officials present. They drove to a guesthouse in the Glenwood area [in Durban], where they were later arrested.
Kara added that the accused have each paid an amount of R15 000 to the Solidarity Fund to contribute to the government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Kara also said that the duo also paid the expenses related to their detention, maintenance, custody and deportation adding that they have been handed over to immigration authorities, pending their deportation.