Free State MEC caught at 235km/h
Bloemfontein - A Free State MEC is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday after he was caught driving at a festive season record speed of 235km/h, the Rapport reported on Sunday.
MEC for sport, arts, culture and recreation in the Free State, Dan Kgothule, was caught on Thursday along the N1 highway in Glen, outside Bloemfontein, speeding in his BMW 745i, the newspaper reported.
He was arrested and released on R2 000 bail.
Kgothule's two spokespersons told the newspaper when contacted about the incident that it was the first they had heard of the MEC's arrest and they were unable to get hold of him.
Kgothule's speeding broke records not only during the festive period, but also for the fastest speed in the Glen area where there are often speed traps on the N1.
Captain Rulene Kuhn said Kgothule would appear in court together with other motorists who were arrested on Thursday for driving at over 171km/h on the highway.
Sydney Mogaecho Acting Director of Traffic Management in the Free State told Rapport that 126 people were arrested over the festive season.
These included 48 for speeding, 50 for drunken driving, and seven for reckless driving.
"The average speed of the motorists arrested was 185 km/h."
Kgothule clocked just a few km/h less than murdered strip club owner, Lolly Jackson, who was caught speeding in 2005 doing 249km/h in his Lamborghini in the East Rand, and was fined R20 000.