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Ferrari-driving speedster fined R80 000

2012-07-09 22:21

Johannesburg - An Mpumalanga man was fined R80 000 for speeding by the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday, Gauteng traffic police said.

Spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said Andy McCauley ,48, a mine manager from Witbank, was caught driving at an average speed of 212km/h in a 120km/h zone in a brand-new Ferrari on the N14 towards Pretoria on 27 May.

"He was sentenced to an amount of R80 000 or two years imprisonment of which half was suspended for two years. The fine was immediately payable."

Nxumalo said the man paid the fine.

"The magistrate clearly spelled out that should McCauley be arrested again for the same offence, the suspended sentence will immediately come into effect," she said.

Comments
  • fretam - 2012-07-09 22:30

    it was worth it...wasn't it

      jeeves.eddings - 2012-07-09 23:57

      Cheaper than changing the tires :)

      eduardhomes - 2012-07-10 06:55

      yip...his first time right!

      Martin - 2012-07-10 08:52

      Please a mine manager driving a 458? What mine does he work for? It doesn't say he owns a mine - though that would make more sense. Hell of a good car allowance seeing as though a 458's monthly instalment is R79972 a month before insurance. Hope SARS check this chap out !

      E=MC2 - 2012-07-10 09:16

      um, martin.mcleman, the man was 48... it says nowhere that it was a 458. Anyway, people who afford R3mil plus cars, im sure dont finance them.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-10 09:36

      If he drove a Bugatti Veyron they never would have caught him!

      zambezi.river - 2012-07-10 10:10

      Average 212km/h in a Ferrari..........I've averaged more than that in my 2002 325i BMW.

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-07-10 11:00

      Zambesi...yes it possible. Only if you go flat out and he is cruising...chop

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 18:18

      @ Martin, The same mines plundering this country's mineral wealth.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-07-10 18:58

      @ victor.tamaranui: Yawn *rolling eyes*. No wonder you can't get a man!

      mattewis.kat - 2012-10-01 07:48

      Yeah, and he'll pay the fine with a bigger smile than I can muster if I had to pay a R500 fine! Fines should be calculated on a logarithmic scale w.r.t. the income of the offender. That'll make them think twice before endangering the lives of others!

  • lungi2mlu - 2012-07-09 22:39

    How about they take the 80K and go fix some pot holes....

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 00:18

      It's probably already been spent in the shebeen ...

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-10 01:34

      @ Bless ... LOL

      wdugmore - 2012-07-10 12:00

      They are raising funds for the new merged municipal area that Mogale City will have to support!!!

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-09 22:54

    No consistency at all in the law. Someone was fined R 5000 a couple of months back for driving at 230km/h. Does it depend of what the law says of just what mood the judge is in that day?

      BulletProof. - 2012-07-09 23:27

      No, depends of what car the Infractor drives.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 00:07

      In this case I think it also depends on who you are. Khulubuse got off much more lightly than that!

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-10 01:36

      Nicholas ... yea it does seem unfair. the fine shouldnt be dependant on your income but on the crime !!!

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-07-10 07:39

      @bless 'Khulubuse' and 'lightly' should never be used in the same sentence.

      pieterr3 - 2012-07-10 08:37

      So if you wanna get off real light, do that speed in a VW. look at the driver of the GT3 over the weekend. he got fined R1500 for doing 188km/h. I think the punishment must fit the crime. Speeding is speeding. doesn't matter what you drive.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-10 09:42

      Was that an "average" of 230km/h? Or his max speed? This guy was caught doing an 'average' of 212km/h...that could be the difference?

      zambezi.river - 2012-07-10 10:28

      And next you'll be saying that the fine was racially motivated>

      wdugmore - 2012-07-10 12:02

      Race, area, police officer, interpretation of law by officers...

  • chris.hitchcock1 - 2012-07-09 23:00

    I don't understand why he wasn't jailed without the option of a fine. The authorities need to stop posturing about road safety, and grow a pair of balls big enough to do something about it.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-10 04:22

      Agreed.

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-10 06:38

      Because luckily the judge isn't as anal retentive as you are LOL.

      ex.dutchman - 2012-07-10 07:32

      @leaproach.thekeeper until he loses control of the car and plow into your living room

      kayley.segal - 2012-07-10 08:12

      A Ferrari at 212 is safer than a Chico at 120...

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 18:19

      Agreed Chris.........

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-07-10 19:23

      Kaylay, at 212 you are just as dead as the Chico driver if you hit the old lady driving it.

  • stuart.ferguson.399 - 2012-07-09 23:08

    mine manager driving a Ferrari? Aurora mines sound familiar??

      merven.halo - 2012-07-10 10:11

      Now I understand why the miners get upset when they put their lives on the line for peanuts.

      des.stephenson.7 - 2012-07-10 16:02

      politician driving a merc, maserati, range rover heck maybe even all three and the tax payer driving a golf, jetta, etc, the mine manager worked for his position and enjoys the fruits of the 20-30 yrs he has put into his work, i've yet to see the same from any politician or public servant

  • Mike Hatton-Jones - 2012-07-09 23:08

    A mine manager and a Ferrari ... What does the mine owner drive then?

      cwboshoff - 2012-07-10 09:25

      A bugatti veyron maybe ;)

      des.stephenson.7 - 2012-07-10 15:52

      he has worked for where he can enjoy the fruits of his labour, how about rephrasing and saying "a public servant and a S500 merc or similar ... what does the tax payer drive?"

  • morneoosthuizen - 2012-07-09 23:18

    But R1000 for murder? Hmmm...Doesn't compute...

      abram.spamers - 2012-07-10 00:01

      The R1000 is bail not a get-off-the-hook fine. But I see your point... its just not fair

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-07-10 00:26

      Abram it was a fine and that was unfair.

      wdugmore - 2012-07-10 12:10

      Exactly - speeding asses will eventually kill themselves (and seldomly others). Rather prosecute the REAL offenders...

  • smiley.langa - 2012-07-09 23:22

    I know it's reckless and negligent but sometimes i don't blame these guys, they spend millions for these super cars that can travel at high speeds, If I spent that much money i'd ask myself one question... WHY NOT?

      Phoenix - 2012-07-09 23:40

      Because when you approach other drivers at 220 and they are driving at 120 or less, the speed differential is too great and risk too high. There are many race tracks, and these guys can use them.

      smiley.langa - 2012-07-10 00:03

      Dude, I totally understand that, but this guy is a Business man, He probably needed to be at a meeting in the capital, so he thought, WHY NOT? (you know...)

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 00:05

      Because it's dangerous. We have speed limits got a reason. Sorry to be a wet blanket, but accidents can and do happen. Why buy a car that can go that speed if the limit is 120? What a waste. Rather spend it on changing the lives of the needy.

      smiley.langa - 2012-07-10 00:28

      Dude are you kidding me, he was probably a Ferrari fan since he was 7 years old and fills up at Shell Station everyday, He had the cash laying around so he probably thought, WHY NOT?

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-10 06:43

      So Phoenixx, based on your argument, all cars going 120 on a duel carry highway should STOP if my car has a break down in the emergency lane?!

      breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-07-10 06:56

      I don't blame them either. How can any citizen have respect for authorities that only enforce the one law? I guess that is the only way they can make enough money to finance the year end function, right?

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-10 09:49

      when one of these fools crashes into your daughter, i would imagine your stance would not be so liberal. you are extremely childish. grow up.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-10 10:17

      That is quite stupid Smiley, so if a criminal spend money on a gun why not shoot some body, or if he spend money on condoms why not rape your wife?

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-07-10 20:49

      @ Smiley: Eish dude, people that can afford a new Ferrari can also afford to hire a race track.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-09 23:25

    Another One.Pffff!!!!But what is R80.000 if he can aford a Ferrari. Like to know if that mine is a Diamonds one.

  • Eugene - 2012-07-09 23:48

    I was only test driving the car!

  • Tommo - 2012-07-09 23:54

    Do it while you can. Your mine will soon be owned by ANC

  • harold.chisimba - 2012-07-09 23:59

    OOH YEES! SOUTH AFRICAN JUSTICE R80 000 JUST 4 SPEEDING BUT JUST R1000 4 ARMED ROBBERY,RAPE,EVEN MUDER.ANYWAY 2 DIS FELLA MONEY IS JUST LIKE LEAVES FROM DE TREE

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-10 01:39

      yes Harold you right, its f*cking bizarre

      Barefoot - 2012-07-10 05:31

      Huge difference between bail and fine

      wdugmore - 2012-07-10 12:13

      Barefoot, while they are out on bail they still do what they want. And it takes about 5 years before they are serntenced...

  • puli.kodisang - 2012-07-10 04:20

    R80000 is a lot of monye.others have received lesser fines with higher speeds than that,,or more serious crimes than that.

  • zaatheist - 2012-07-10 04:21

    The fact that these criminals, and they are criminals, continue to endanger the lives of other road users demonstrates that the penalties are not harsh enough. Confiscate and crush the car. Cancel driving licence for life. 5 years hard time. Then let's see who is the next cretin to try this stunt.

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-07-10 06:19

      Louis, you sound like an adolescent moron. Driving fast doesn't make you Superman, it makes you irresponsible and selfish.

      des.stephenson.7 - 2012-07-10 15:59

      does that apply to govt officials and their blue light brigade who do it daily and its considered legal, have you ever been forced off the road by these guys, are they also considered criminals or are they excluded because of who they are? drive from Polokwane to JHB on any given weekend and see how many of these officials abuse the system, then come and tell me who the real criminals are

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 18:20

      Agreed Atheist

  • Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-07-10 05:04

    Damn, that's one expensive drive, woulda bought a Tata with that!mxm

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-07-10 05:10

    A good decision

  • Carl Thobejane - 2012-07-10 05:16

    there are clear inconsistencies with the application of law, some you Porsche speedster was fined R 1500 for 188km/h, two months ago another was fined R5000 for 210km/h, why is he paying 80k for that speed. i also think that car is more safe at that speed than a corolla doing 180 km/h, it stops quicker and sticks to the road. please understand that I'm not condoning the speed, just saying we must have rules that can deter speedsters but also be consistent about it.

  • eddie.serane - 2012-07-10 05:33

    Jst imagine R80, 000 for speeding and R1000 for rape or murder the law should be fair

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-07-10 05:39

    Why not lock him up straight baway, and lrt the inmates make a women of him in jail

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-10 05:50

    What a d**s..Just because he has a Ferrari doesn't mean he's king of the road!! I wish he f*cks up again!!

  • James - 2012-07-10 06:32

    I would have been doing the same speed if that was my car!

  • lucky.mathibela - 2012-07-10 06:52

    nice one finally read about a bloak that walks wait i mean speeds around in hs brand new set of wheels,with R80 grand in hs back pocket in SA.Least he doesnt have to worry about etolling or petrol price hikes.his just gta keep an eye out for patco bus's.Now thats the life.wonder when il get to have 80grand in my back pocket.

      Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-10 06:57

      @lucky...when you get an education..and can spell..that's when!!

  • breinlekkasie.dodelikegif - 2012-07-10 06:53

    Did they also fine the pedestrians running across the N14 near Diepsloot which is responsible for 40% of the fatalities on our roads? No because speeding tickets make lots of money!

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-10 09:54

      it is people like you that will ensure SA's stats continue... amongst all our lovely achievements, we can boast about our roads being amongst the most dangerous in the world... this garbage that people spew about road deaths mainly involving pedestrians must stop. people drive like absolute a-holes with little or no respect for human life. you guys complain when law enforcement does nothing to curb social evils, and then when they do, you complain more. try and work out what it is that you really want.

      wdugmore - 2012-07-10 12:18

      No dorothea... It is those idiots causing most o f the accidents there - and they are never prosecuted because the poor sods live in a shack!!! It is also the same sods mugging and highjacking the people there... Please get your facts straight - some of us are the people driving the human remains pick-up busses there and actually know what is happening there!!!

  • SteVmphO - 2012-07-10 07:01

    4d luv of speed. N14 ke autobarn

      poshm.mis - 2012-07-10 09:45

      @ steven.goldswain, you also spelt love wrongly. Lol

  • JohannP - 2012-07-10 07:08

    And Bra Jub Jub will walk away after crashing a mini into school kids while high and drumk. Moral of the story? If you buying shoes, buy Italian, If you buying a car, don't buy Italian.

  • zionpercival.pay - 2012-07-10 07:09

    This guy has just made my day. Actually, I think, his Ferrari should be impounded. This guy is a mine manager and thus should be an example but his behaviour is nothing more than a criminal.

  • SteVmphO - 2012-07-10 07:13

    240km/h in a BMW 325Is..hows that?

      jacques.boonzaaier - 2012-07-10 12:56

      Stupid and probably compensating for something else...

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-10 07:18

    What's the use of buying a Ferrari and you cannot drive it fast? You might as well buy a Morris Minor these days!

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-07-10 07:26

    And the kid caught speeding in his Porche got off with a R1500.00 fine? doesn't make any sense . . .

  • ex.dutchman - 2012-07-10 07:29

    Did the driver do any training for driving at that speed? Yes the motor can handle it and is safe at that speed provided it is under control of a driver used to making decisions in split seconds. A car like this without additional driver training is like giving a 6 month old baby a butcher’s knife. He is going to hurt the cat, his siblings and himself.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-07-10 07:45

      When buying a car like that one usually gets training. The training can and mostly gets extended to a level where you take the boytjie out on a racing track as well. The manufacture do not want to carry grantees easily if not trained. Cant say it happened with this owner, but cant think how he could by-pass this. Than again, money bents rule.

      Jaap - 2012-10-01 09:31

      All cigarette packets must have a "Smoking is a health risk" warning. Maybe they should put a similar warning on cars? "If you drive this car it can kill you and others" Eish!

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-07-10 07:40

    Ok how does this work, PLENTY of people have been caught going ALOT faster with R20k fines but because he drives a Ferrari, they hit him with a R80k fine???? This smacks of victimisation, I would appeal based on current legislation and until it is changed were fines are linked to your income which I fully support, this is stupid.

      loading123 - 2012-07-10 07:47

      True, just because he was driving a Ferrari. Those BMW drivers all got roughly R20k!

  • loading123 - 2012-07-10 07:46

    Whatever... 212Km/h feels like 60Km/h in a Ferrari. It's made to handle those speeds just fine. It handles well, stops well, and all-in-all no problem. An unroadworthy taxi doing 120Km/h is waaaaay more dangerous than a Ferrari at 212Km/h.... if the taxi driver EVER gets a fine it'll be R500.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-10 08:48

      You are assuming that no-one else will be on the road - the Ferrari driver could be 100% in the right and collide with someone on the wrong side of the road or a pedestrian ...

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-10 10:00

      loading123, grow up. you moan when nothing is done, you moan when something is done. why dont you fools rather applaud the fact that this guy got what he deserved? why dont you be thankful that this severe fine may save someone's life one day? of course a fast taxi is dangerous. of course more should be done to curb this problem. but for once, can you critical and hard-to-please south africans rather comment on the fact that a irresponsible citizen on your roads was dealt with? you guys will always find a way to criticise - damned if you do, daned if you dont.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-10 10:29

      @loading: even Michael Schumacher made accidents in his life, you can have the safest car on the road and accidents will still happen.

      wdugmore - 2012-07-10 12:22

      Dorothea - you seriously need a new tune!!! In 7 different articles you sing the same tune...

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-10 15:27

      wdugmore, i am so pleased that i have a stalker! have i commented on 7 articles? wow. you know more about my actions than i do. there is a common theme in SA - and it involves a whole bunch of angry people who seem hellbent on blaming others. you guys need to chill out and when something constructive is done for your country, try to show some maturity and applaude the actions of those trying to enforce the law. then you can stop picking up dead bodies - or whatever lowly blue collar job it is that you do...

      jango.za - 2012-07-10 18:40

      .dotty - you keep trumpeting the same stupid points. The Ferrari driver was wrong, no one disagrees with you. However, how many fatalities on our roads are caused each year by a super car? How many by unroadworthy, uninsured, unsafe transportation? The point people are complaining about is that the R80K is easy to leverage against this citizen, whilst the real effort needed to curb our road carnage is simply avoided. The perception is that it simply does not pay R80K a pop (most junk wagons are well within the speed limit), and it takes proper man power effort - not an auto-sensing radar or camera trap with a lard-ass sitting behind the tree. People are complaining that money collection is an overriding factor, not road safety. Busting the odd super car speeding is doing zero for our road statistics, although it remains important. Busting deathtraps would make a huge difference, along with the many drivers who simply don't even have legal licenses, or drive under the influence of substance. Get of your high-horse and start thinking about the repetitive drivel you keep writing. Look at what the general sentiment is all about, not what your IQ perceives it to be about.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-07-10 07:55

    Why are they selling this fast cars knowingly that the maximum speed allowed on the road is 120 km/h?

      steven.loots.33 - 2012-07-11 01:10

      Why does a dog licks his balls. Because he can.

  • Snazy.mntuwomntu - 2012-07-10 08:03

    R80k gone just like that tjoo..

  • unlimited.A - 2012-07-10 08:51

    this guy is the Bawse....power talks

  • pierre.dupreez.58 - 2012-07-10 10:37

    Can someone please, please outlaw stupidity? Oh and give this klutz a Darwin award!

  • MichaelRudolph - 2012-07-10 11:56

    From judging what the cops drive I don't believe he tried to flee, otherwise there wouldn't be a story.

  • greg.ryder.77 - 2012-07-10 12:31

    The fine should fit the crime, but that said it should also be income and wealth based as it is in Europe. 80K can bancrupt some people and others will just laugh it off.So the very wealty should pay more otherwise it wont stop them

  • jacques.boonzaaier - 2012-07-10 12:47

    Just cant understand why the guys with high performance cars cant go and drive their cars on a track day in safety and not put yourself and others in danger on public roads. I am also the owner of a high performance car and I have never went above 160km/h (which is already way over the speed limit) that makes me guilty as well. But if I want use my car for the reason I bought it, and that is to drive it to the limit, then I will do so on a track (it is much more fun and legal). Problem is that the same guys that think they can drive fast, but anybody can drive fast the trick comes in when you have to react to something at that speed and if you will be able to handle the correct inputs and countermeasures. It just makes me angry when people drive like racing drivers on public roads but if you take that same person put him in the same car and let him loose on a track, the outcome will most probably be someone that confuses the first chicane horrible and hilariously...

  • pierre.dupreez.58 - 2012-07-10 16:16

    The only thing more scarry than this absolute idiot's behaviour is the wannabee idiots trying to justify his idiocy!

  • Bantsijang - 2012-07-10 18:02

    Thats too much....

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-10 18:35

      That's NOT enough. Why would be your stance if your family were obeying the Law and was crashed into by this Turd ??? I see you are Tertiary educated Individual, Even when the supposedly Educated spew drivel , We have a long way to go. This Lawless mentality must stop in RSA if we are to move forward with the correct Moral fiber as a Society.

  • polite.mkhonto.3 - 2012-07-10 18:41

    very couragious dude i can't even exceed 120k/h i think 212k/h i'll definitely faint.

  • sstoutgat - 2012-07-11 21:45

    My father went 240 in an 80 zone with his Ferrari, it's made to be driven so why not risk it

  • rudi.linsleynoakes - 2012-10-01 01:23

    Fair he was speeding excessively which is against the law, in addition to that he has a Ferrari 458 which is one of Top Gears only 10/10 rating car - so why wouldn't he. What doesn't add up though is Ministers fines of a few hundred thousand rands being squashed and in addition to this they cause trouble eg. look at that young boy who was hit by the minister who was late and skipped a robot. Now he can never walk again? I'm so sick of double standards in this country, its BS. Lead by example SA, at least the guy in the Ferrari knows how to drive and he won't be having the state pay for his accidents, unlike that retard!

  • Robert Tabone - 2013-10-09 11:14

    I assume he is a mine owner or shareholder

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