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'Drunk driver' pokes fun at responsibility

2012-10-12 11:13

Johannesburg - An alleged drunk driver accused of killing a cyclist wore a t-shirt to court which pokes fun at responsibility, The Herald Online reported on Friday.

Andre Gouws, 27, was given R5 000 bail in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court.

Gouws allegedly knocked down Clem Morris, a Mill Park chartered accountant on Sunday morning while driving on Kragga Kamma Road in Port Elizabeth. He was allegedly drunk and tried to flee. Morris died on the scene.

Gouws faces charges of murder, driving under the influence of alcohol, and reckless or negligent driving.

In court on Thursday he wore a t-shirt with the slogan: "Cleverly disguised as a responsible person", sparking an angry Facebook debate which called him "arrogant" and "unremorseful".

In his affidavit he apologised to the Morris family. He would be kept under house arrest during his release on bail.

Comments
  • Willie - 2012-10-12 11:22

    Let him drive with para-medics and fire brigades so that he should clean all the mess on the road

      alexandra.nett - 2012-10-12 11:41

      Yes you are right.....house arrest is far too lenient....a stint at the state mortuary on weekends and back to jail on a Monday morning....this might teach him something.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-12 12:12

      That's actually not a half bad idea.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-10-12 12:17

      That is actually a very good idea. Community service linked with the offense might help people to see the consequences of their actions.

      mcludeke - 2012-10-12 14:03

      Not an option, it will be an infringement on his human rights to make him contribute to society...

      johan.fou - 2012-10-12 20:38

      Bloody brilliant idea makenawn!

      LiveYourOwnLife - 2012-10-12 21:11

      If you drink and drive and end up killing somebody you should be charged with premeditated murder, as you knew full well that your actions were extremely dangerous

      BulletProof. - 2012-10-13 11:37

      People must remember that their rights finish when the rights off other people starts.

  • joemarshe.push - 2012-10-12 11:22

    Pappa will be giving you a t-shirt in jail that says - "Cleverly disguised as my b*tch"

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-12 11:39

      Very quick!

      archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-12 19:31

      (apologies to MP) Pappa is pushing up daiseys. He has shuffled off his mortal coil. As a going concern he has ceased to be. He is an EX-Pappa. Give him to Bubba instead~

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-12 11:25

    One does not get the judges sympathy with a move like that.

      6Ella9 - 2012-10-12 11:27

      He does not deserve ANY sympathy from ANYONE!

  • thethird.wors - 2012-10-12 11:37

    what a jackass

  • alexandra.nett - 2012-10-12 11:38

    This idiot has no respect.....pobably thinks he is in the right.....he should be kept in jail and not house arrest!

      Spiral - 2012-10-12 14:36

      Did you see the smirk his GF had on her face while exiting the court room? Makes me wonder if they actually even slightly care!

  • norman.lewis.716 - 2012-10-12 12:02

    Disgusting!

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-12 12:07

    Please don't even bother with court cases! If you are charged with killing someone while driving drunk please just go straight to jail!!!!!!!!!!!

      Spiral - 2012-10-12 14:39

      i like the way they still refer to him as the "alleged drunk driver"... he couldnt even stand up straight when they eventually caught him & got him out the car!

  • hendrick.selolo - 2012-10-12 12:28

    Lock the bastard.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-12 12:28

    This killer must just plead guilty and get punishment deserved. No need for lies and dragged out court case like Jub Jub that's going to waste time and money.

  • tom.theunissen.12 - 2012-10-12 12:34

    I really think that his attitude is indicitave (no spell check) of a bigger social problem we are facing. People have a total disregard for rules and regulatons and this IDIOT thinks that this whole thing wll just dissapear, something to make a few jokes about and then the file will dissapear and his attorney will be able to proof some tampering with the blood sample and and and....... Maybe jungle justice might just be what he needs. Disgusting

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-12 14:09

    What an idiot. Let's hope the judge sends this twit to jail for a good few years and also lets him pay all the costs to have his victim buried. He is making a laughing stock of this situation and should be taught a lesson so that all his type will take note.

  • edwardsch - 2012-10-12 14:11

    Arrogant prick!!!!!!!!!!! Throw him in jail and let the 'drive thru' sort out his BACKSIDE!!!!!!!! Then lets see how 'Cleverly disguised' he is as a 'wife'!!!!!!!!!!

      Spiral - 2012-10-12 14:41

      I'll even like this comment in words! LIKE!

  • sadd.sa.56 - 2012-10-12 14:26

    We have a right to be safe on our roads and not killed by irresponsible people.Too many people dying in drunk driving incidents. Please Join us at South Africans Agasinst Drunk Driving www.sadd.oerg.za to stop this.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-10-12 14:33

    This dude is going to be fined,i bet

      Spiral - 2012-10-12 14:42

      well then i hope someone is waiting to give him what he deserves!

  • Spiral - 2012-10-12 14:37

    selfish, careless idiot! Hope you had a lekker jol before killing an innocent man (& trying to run from it) Whatever you've got coming to you in prison, isnt enough!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-12 14:40

    He should be sentenced to do community service in the police morgue for two or three years over weekends, so that he can see the reality of life firsthand. Of course that should only be part of the sentence. the rest should be a few years jailtime.

  • colin.payne.921 - 2012-10-12 15:05

    Of course, but not knowing the individual, he may, in some perverted manner, be actually indicating that he does feel guilty. Strange way of showing it, but just think about the slogan "Cleverly disguised as a responsible person". If we interpret this as him saying that he realises he has behaved irresponsibly, and is stating to the world that despite his normal appearance, he is actually not what he appears to be, then one may draw a different conclusion. Whether such a statement of attrition is acceptable, normal or in good taste is left for the individual to judge.

  • sadd.sa.56 - 2012-10-12 15:42

    We are outraged at the number of cyclists and other members of SA who are killed or severely injured by irresponsble people who drink then drive.Together we need to act and be pro-active. Join South Africans Against Drunk Driving today- and make a difference. www.sadd.org.za. Caro Smit - Founder and Director of SADD and mother of Chas- killed by a driver who drank then drove.

  • adel.wentzel - 2012-10-12 19:19

    Unfortunately many people die on the road either due to drunk & drive or many times due to irresponsible driving. Experienced the same type of attitude of a young lady who was doing an illegal u-turn at a red robot, causing the death of two guys on a motorbike. Laughing and making jokes in court, showing no remorse and even claimed it wasn't her fault. Daddy's money and an expensive advocate will get her most definately off. Accidents do happen, sadly. Claim responsibility and take the punch but don't blame other people when you are clearly in the wrong.

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-12 19:28

    Lock this fool away for the rest of his natural life. He should NEVER be allowed the freedom of a normal life again.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-12 20:22

    A possible low life and drunk behind the wheel and claiming the precious life of a natioal asset. The scum gets bail and possibly a suspended sentence and goes on to claim more lives. A SA way of life?

  • LiveYourOwnLife - 2012-10-12 21:10

    If you drink and drive and end up killing somebody you should be charged with premeditated murder, as you knew full well that your actions were extremely dangerous.

  • Jpeters81 - 2012-10-12 21:36

    Height of arrogance... Let him send some time in prison, he'll grow up

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-10-12 21:44

    He knows he's not going to spend a day in jail!

      Erna - 2012-10-13 06:42

      Hope you're wrong!

  • dave.ducker.3 - 2012-10-13 07:23

    another A-hole in this world of ours !!!

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-10-13 09:16

    he should be treated like a criminal we all know that driving drunk is a criminal offence , jail time should be par for the course

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2012-10-13 09:39

    House arrest my arse. Throw him in jail without bail because he represents and potential danger to murder again. That should frighten the living daylights out of him sharing a cell with murders and rapists. It would also show other ahs that our legal system has teeth.

  • colingkearns - 2012-10-13 12:48

    LOck the little punk up for 20 years, finish and klaar!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-13 13:00

    He should not be under house arrest, he should be held in the calabooze and have the other inmates beat the hell out of him.

  • hendrik.fleming - 2012-10-13 18:28

    Do what they do over here. Compulsory jail sentence, and you lose your drivers license for life.

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