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200km/h speedster granted bail

2012-01-04 12:08

Brits - A 22-year-old man arrested for clocking 200km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N4 highway appeared in the Brits Magistrate's Court, the North West public safety department said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said Fardeen Mahomed was released on R1 000 bail when he appeared in court on Tuesday.

The case against him was postponed to January 30, for trial.

Mahomed was arrested on New Year's Day near Brits, when he allegedly clocked 200km/h on the speed camera set up by members of the North West provincial road traffic management unit in Bapong.

He was driving a BMW 330i from Sun City to Laudium in Pretoria.

Comments
  • Logan Porter - 2012-01-04 12:15

    He should have his license suspended!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 12:27

      Take his car and his lisence. Suspend any academic qualifications he might have, take away his right to vote and steralize him.

      wesleywt - 2012-01-04 12:28

      I see one moron has thumb downed this comment. I expect more speeding morons to arrive soon to justify their stupid behavior.

      RobertaKeeling - 2012-01-04 13:14

      @Squeegee - maybe amputate his right leg so he can't use the accelerator anymore? :)

  • Logan Porter - 2012-01-04 12:19

    His license should be suspended for 10 years and he should do community service!

  • Danie - 2012-01-04 12:20

    Confiscate the instrument used to commit the crime.. in other words take the BMW away and the license!

  • Gail - 2012-01-04 12:22

    Some get jailed, some are fined R40,000,some just get away with it.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 12:28

      Dear Gail. This is bail. His punishment will be handed out once he has been found guilty. Hope its huge!

  • Thoka - 2012-01-04 12:27

    this is getting out of hand. does he know traffic rules or he got licence from private traffic department ko Laudium.

  • elphaas.mgiba - 2012-01-04 12:28

    idiot, speed kills

      Getafix - 2012-01-04 12:54

      Speed doesn't kill, It's the sudden stop at the end that does.

  • Murray - 2012-01-04 12:39

    Why suspend the license? Cancel the thing. Tear it up and crush the car!

      George - 2012-01-04 15:19

      Licences are made by Shaik, They will just bounce back

  • revajg - 2012-01-04 12:40

    I think... lets allow him to keep his license. but he must serve one year on community service by driving around the aged and families in need of transport.. should he further mess up then take it away. as a 22 year old deprive him of his freedom to party and teach him lesson.

      NicholasRowan - 2012-01-04 12:46

      I like that idea. I think some community service will be MUCH more valuable than a fine.

      janine.cronje - 2012-01-04 13:19

      I wouldn't put MY granny in a car with him!

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-01-04 12:42

    no suspended licence, no probation...he could have killed someone!! heck , knowin our glorious justice system if he did kill someone he would have gotten R500 bail.

  • Getafix - 2012-01-04 12:42

    It's not necessarily best to take his licence, His car will be more than enough to make him think twice before he puts foot. Remember folks this guy obviously needs to make a living and i firmly believe that everyone learns from their mistakes. They crush cars in the uk for speeding as well as for not having insurance. They pull people over and check their insurance document, they then go back to the squad car and check online for certification that the document is true. This simply doesn't happen here. That car if maintained to original spec can go 250KMH all day long safely. Trains in Japan can go 400KMH, This goes against the whole technology is moving forward. We need an AutoBahn that is tolled here.

  • Siddic Nagdee - 2012-01-04 12:46

    Case Dismissed.

  • DjCapiche - 2012-01-04 12:50

    Really? He owns a BMW 330i. R1000 bail? That's the same price as the wipers on that car. What a joke.

      Trent Hodges - 2012-01-04 13:07

      You can get 100K BMW 330i they didn't say it was new...

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-04 12:54

    To all those brainwashed into believing that one should never exceed the arbitrary speed limits-please answer this question : How fast should one travel on a road governed by a 120km/h speed limit through the Kalahari on a moonless, stormy sandblown night, when the Kudus are restless. (a) In a bus (b) In a 30T laden commercial truck combination (c) In a BMW M3 (d) On a superbike. For simplicity assume the following: (i) All vehicles are in mechanically sound condition (ii) All drivers are in good health and rested. Please motivate your answer. A mere thumbs down response will confirm ignorance.

      Shawn - 2012-01-04 13:02

      I have no clue, but am dying to find out . . .

      spookhuis - 2012-01-04 13:03

      The law is the law. That is all that counts.

      Paul - 2012-01-04 13:05

      Speed enforcement alone is not the answer. These BMWs are at home on the Autobahn and can safely drive at such speeds. It's the other cars (often unroadworthy) and drivers (often unlicensed) which causes the problem. Don't get me wrong, 200km/h is way too much on our public roads but don't assume that this alone will lead to accidents. The roads are almost empty around that time. Driving 100km/h in a suburb is more dangerous than that.

      Trent Hodges - 2012-01-04 13:06

      15km/h on a bicycle so that a police Van can push you faster?

  • The Real Unskinny - 2012-01-04 12:59

    A further R1000 will see the docket disappear. Cheap SA justice.

  • spookhuis - 2012-01-04 13:00

    22 years old, he will only get worse as he gets older, spoilt brat.

  • Andre - 2012-01-04 13:07

    200 in that car is safer than 80 in a taxi-why make so much fuss of it?

      spookhuis - 2012-01-04 13:18

      By your reasoning, Andre. Breaking into a family home is safer then robbing a bank, so therefore lets all go rob homes, damn it's safer....Fool. The law is the law.

      JohnSA02 - 2012-01-04 13:21

      Maybe so, but he had no right doing 200. 120 is a maximum, not a target.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-04 13:45

      spookhuis: You really are infatuated with the law, are you not? Laws should be based on logic, fairness, justice and respect. Remember the dompas? That was also a law. Did you like that one too? No-one has so far in my life convinced me that speed limits are imposed for any other reason than making money.

  • tish.r - 2012-01-04 13:10

    Pathetic !!! why even give us this news if there is no justice ? Lock him up and keep your word.."drive alive december 2011 " Lead SA Take away his licence Trisha JHB

  • Andre - 2012-01-04 13:13

    it has been established this immediate past December that in fact it is not speed that was the main culprit for the many deaths,but in fact impatience,hence the many deaths caused by busses and minibusses at leaa than 100 km'h.most of the accidents were head on accidents caused by passing another vehicle on the fixed white line-Not speed.

      spookhuis - 2012-01-04 13:22

      Ja boet, and someone doing 200k/hr is so going to slow down to over take. The "mad hatter" is waiting for his tea party with you.

  • Trent Hodges - 2012-01-04 13:17

    I think 200km/h is a bit fast but I am a fan of re-looking at the speed limits, I think they should be increased, Speed limits were set in the 1960s and vehicles safety measures(braking, handling etc) have improved, and just like the autobahn where it has been proved that faster flowing traffic causes less accidents.

      JohnSA02 - 2012-01-04 13:24

      You may have a point, and in certain areas there may well be a case for increasing limits......, however, the majority (not even average) South African road user does not have the apptitude, culture of responsibility, presence of mind, to even consider increasing the limits.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-01-04 13:31

      In the 60's, speed limits were put up as "recommended speeds" it was only in the 70's when fuel was in such short supply that the enforcement of speed limits actually came into being. If you were caught speeding, you were fined for "using exessive fuel to propel a motor vehicle" and not for the fact you were breaking a speeding rule. When fuel became more accessible again, the authorities realised that enforcing speed limits was a cash cow. Unfortunately, our roads in SA are generally not conducive to speed in excess of 150kph and the level of driver skill is poor in comparison with other countries. Compound this with the volume of unroadworthy and unlicenced vehicles, and you have the recipe for the disaster that is the daily death toll on our roads.

      Trent Hodges - 2012-01-04 13:38

      Agreed- I was also thinking that there should be a specific lane, that only cars and drivers with a specific permits can drive on, and that their Vehicles meet a certain class, and driver ability... That will prevent the unroadworthy skadonk driving 40km/h on the highway...

  • Ettienne - 2012-01-04 13:30

    This guy should be made to do community service in the morgue, cleaning up all the mess of those killed in accidents due to reckless beahviour like his. That is besides having his license suspended and being given a hefty fine.

  • Alva - 2012-01-04 13:36

    He will most likely get off because his daddy will pay a lawyer who will prove that the speed recording equipment was faulty. And so it goes......

  • spinnick7 - 2012-01-04 14:12

    Just back from the Cape - Lots of idiots driving like maniacs - mostly below 100km p/h but all over the road (N1) holding up traffic ect - I did not kill anybody and no accident - the drunk bastards and blue light brigade does this everyday and nothing happens - come on!!! one set of rules and laws - I think he should get a promotion and become a VIP government official - But then again...he only likes speed and will have to learn to be corrupt - push poeple of the road and sometimes kill them before he gets his VIP role.

  • phumlanii - 2012-01-04 14:20

    No one knows the motive that caused the young fellow to do 200km/h. Maybe it was an emergency.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-04 19:30

    To all those brainwashed into believing that one should never exceed the arbitrary speed limits-please answer this question : How fast should one travel on a road governed by a 120km/h speed limit through the Kalahari on a moonless, stormy sandblown night, when the Kudus are restless. (a) In a bus (b) In a 30T laden commercial truck combination (c) In a BMW M3 (d) On a superbike. For simplicity assume the following: (i) All vehicles are in mechanically sound condition (ii) All drivers are in good health and rested. Please motivate your answer. A mere thumbs down response will confirm ignorance.

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