The traffic fine process:
1. A notice informing you of the traffic offence, the date and time the offence took place, the amount of the fine and the payment date is sent to your home, and you have 30 days from the notice issue date to settle the fine.
2. If you fail to pay the fine before the payment date, a second notice is sent out, after which you have a further 30 days to respond.
3. Failure to pay the fine will result in a third notice being sent. This "resembles a summons and indicates the intention to summon", which a motorist once again has 30 days to pay.
4. Failing which, a summons is then served to you by a summons bearer personally or to a person over 16 years old living on the premises. If you still have not paid the fine by the court date and fail to attend the court appearance to contest the fine, a warrant of arrest is processed.
5. If you are caught in a roadblock and there is a warrant out for your arrest, traffic officers have the right to arrest you if you don't pay the fine immediately. You will also face an additional R300 fine for being in contempt of court.
A fine is valid for only two years. If you haven't paid the fine by then and are fortunate to have escaped roadblocks, the fine gets cancelled.
full story from IOL here