With the police now able to arrest anyone with outstanding traffic fines, the number of people in South Africa who can be arrested and be granted bail for relatively minor traffic offences is increasing. Bail is a legal right.
Maximum amount of bail per incident is R3 000. No assistance is available for bail in excess of this amount.
The service provider will get to the relevant police station within 4 hours of receiving bail assistance request
You will be covered in typical cases like:
- Road traffic offences such as neglecting to pay speeding fines
- Failure to appear in court to defend such traffic offences
- Common assault
- Shoplifting or theft where the amount is less than R 2 500
- Fraud where the value involved does not exceed R 2 500
- Illicit possession of dagga where the amount does not exceed 115 grams
- Drinking in public
- Public disturbance
The following key conditions apply:
Terms and Conditions
An sms will be sent to the member to verify that an agent will be dispatched to post bail as well as contact the member’s spouse/partner to advise of the bail assistance. An agent will be appointed to the member within one hour of receiving the request and thereafter report to the relevant police station within four hours.
No bail will be advanced for a serious crime, such as a violent crime (e.g. assault involving grievous bodily harm, murder, rape, etc.), a politically-motivated crime (e.g. treason, sabotage, subversion, etc.) or a sexual crime (e.g. child pornography, child abuse, etc.), irrespective of the amount of bail.
If bail is granted, the member will be asked to accept the terms and conditions (delivery of the receipt and bail and legal costs will be owed to the service provider if the member does not appear at court at the allotted time and date).
The bail will only be paid directly to the courts or government body via cash to the police departments or via attorney trust accounts to the relevant courts.
The receipt for the bail payment must be given to the service administrator or its appointed agents or posted by registered mail within 24 hours of payment of bail, failing which a penalty of R500 will apply.
If the member does not appear at court on his appointed date or if he appears but the service providers cannot recover the bail loan for whatever reason, he will be liable to pay the service provider the amount of the bail plus any legal costs incurred.
The service provider will not advance bail to any member who has previously claimed and not delivered the receipt within 24 hours of payment or not appeared in court at the allotted time.