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Man clocked doing 250km/h

2012-06-17 22:15

Johannesburg - A total of 37 Gauteng motorists have been arrested over the weekend for speeding, Gauteng traffic police said on Sunday.

Spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalu said eight people were arrested on Sunday morning on the R21.

She said a 42-year-old social worker driving a white Lexus was caught travelling at an average speed of 224km/h in 120km/h zone.

"The social worker from the Ekurhuleni municipality claimed he was rushing to the office to collect [a] certain document from his employer."

Nxumalu said the eight face charges relating to reckless driving, speeding and drunken driving.

They will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said patrolling Johannesburg metro police nabbed a total of 29 speeding motorists on the N1 from Friday midnight to Saturday midnight.

"A 26-year-old man was caught on Friday doing 250/km per hour with his black Audi. He face[s] charges of speeding and drunken driving."

Minnaar said the 29 arrested will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

He warned that motorists who travel at high speed on the freeways will be caught.

Comments
  • Nicholas - 2012-06-17 22:28

    His black Audi? why is the colour relevant?

      lottering - 2012-06-17 22:31

      perhaps it's faster than a white Audi?

      Squeegee - 2012-06-17 22:36

      Point is they were driving at that speed AND drunk. These guys do not deserve a license. Take it away for 5 years.

      steve.goedhals - 2012-06-17 22:44

      Colour is relevant. Red ones are by the fastest

      Stewart - 2012-06-17 23:00

      A white driver in a blacks audi. Maybe a whites audi with a black driver. Perhaps same colour as wayne minaar but not so arrogant.

      KingPro - 2012-06-17 23:23

      Hahaha!!! Fair question Nicholas... As for the rest of you, your comments are exactly why I love my country. We (South Africans) seem to always sneak in a joke and a laugh at the most inappropriate of times.

      rscoetzee - 2012-06-18 08:24

      Because its SA. We just have to mention a colour you know

      Preshen - 2012-06-18 08:28

      If it was white Julius will not like it

      ndzululeka - 2012-06-18 10:45

      I think all the speeders should be given the gautrain to drive...

      Triumphant - 2012-06-18 10:51

      Red is faster!

      Alberto - 2012-06-18 11:11

      hahahaha!!! Maybe the colour of his audi will get him off...? :-)

      Tgif - 2012-06-18 12:04

      If it's Black it is exempt from the Law !

      skootzie - 2012-06-18 12:58

      // I think all the speeders should be given the gautrain to drive... // nah, it's too slow :P

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-18 13:47

      Blue ones get you quicker to court.

      sazi.radebe - 2012-06-18 15:46

      I wonder how fast is a 'coloured' Audi!

      James - 2012-06-18 16:29

      Usain Audi

      peter.woods.142 - 2012-06-19 14:12

      A coloured Audi is the fastest..its a resprayed white one with a black interior...heading for the chop shop.

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-26 06:18

      Because he couldn't drive a white Audi?....

  • Dirk Swanepoel - 2012-06-17 22:31

    And the social worker can afford a Lexus ?

      The Real Harry Potter - 2012-06-17 23:36

      It must have been a black one. Lexus of course!!!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-18 01:25

      He married well

      Philile - 2012-06-18 07:38

      I'm also surprised (social worker, Lexus??),he's being well paid

      heinrich.venter.9 - 2012-06-18 08:32

      He's from the municipality after all so what do you expect? Got his hands dirty with corruption...also was arrogant enough to think he won't be accountable for going that fast...

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-18 18:06

      The Real Harry Potter no this was the white one. As the ditty goes; one black one, one white one, & one with a bit of s**** on, & the hairs..

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-18 21:02

      He gets Social welfare

      russell.w.wright.5 - 2012-06-26 06:21

      That's affirmative.

  • Justine Cornil - 2012-06-17 22:44

    It's scum like these that often causes innocent lives to be lost. Drinking and driving nevermind speeding whilst drunk!!!

  • Godfried - 2012-06-17 22:52

    250 KM per hour and under the influence? Hit him where it hurts!!

      Fouche - 2012-06-18 12:42

      Give that man a Bells!

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-18 21:03

      And thats not hitting him in the nuts.

  • Bzeng - 2012-06-17 22:54

    unfortuntli thse speedin fools ar caught before reachn heaven at high speeds.

  • rjanse - 2012-06-17 22:56

    Blame it on Le Mans

  • rob.stefanini - 2012-06-17 23:09

    I'm not much against the speeding part if it's on the highway with no cars around, but speeding whilst drunk is bad mmmkay?

      wesleywt - 2012-06-18 07:26

      You must be psychic to know there is nothing on the highway. Speeders are just plain dumb.

      TheGoat - 2012-06-18 07:34

      So, you mean a race track. Not a flippin national road. Pay track fees if you want to go that fast. Otherwise there is no justification whatsoever other than hectic emergency.

      skootzie - 2012-06-18 13:25

      Wesley: Dunno about you .. but I can see pretty far .. I don't speed around blind spots or when I can't see very well ahead of me (at least 3-5km). I also don't speed (excessively, maybe 75-80 in a 60 zone (which seems to be the SA norm lol)) when around traffic and I certainly don't do it in residential areas. But, if the highway is completely clear and the road ahead is empty and I have no passengers in the car with me? .. then I honestly don't see the big deal of speeding. The R21, for example, is a highway of awesome straightness where you can see for km's, so the times I do travel that highway I - 9/10 times - end up speeding when it's clear for at least 3-5km and immediately slow down when I get near traffic. I drive fast, but I don't drive recklessly (driving fast does not automatically mean driving recklessly btw - before someone mentions that). I will say that 250 is excessive though but anywhere between 120 and 170 is fine and the speeds still manageable. Note: This is all opinion, welcome to challenge (not to insult) but still my opinion nonetheless garnered through personal experience. TheGoat: Most people won't use race tracks because a) your ECU can pick up when you are not driving on a normal road because the G's, angle of corners, speeds, stopping power, stopping distance etc are completely different and b) the moment the manufacturer finds out how you were racing the car after doing a diagnostic on your ECU during a service..you lose the warranty.

  • John - 2012-06-17 23:10

    250 km/ph and drunk as well? What a timebomb!! Take away his car, his license and his balls before he kills someone!!!

      zaatheist - 2012-06-18 07:18

      and put him in jail for 5 years. Then lets see who does it next.

      deirdre.maule - 2012-06-18 10:51

      @ZAatheist ... only five years??? he should be charged with attempted murder, imagine what would have happened if he had hit anyone??? He should be made to work as a cleaner in an intensive care unit at Bara or Joburg Gen!

      Sharon - 2012-06-18 17:30

      @ fafrican -they dont have cleaners at barra and jhb gen

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-18 19:41

      Give him his car, give him his keys and then let him drive around Kyalami. Soon won't have to worry about him anymore.

      nightwulfe - 2012-06-18 19:43

      @Fafrican - by that logic if you use a kitchen knife you should be charged with manslaughter, because imagine if you had stabbed someone! License should be revoked and a sentence handed down with due court process and hearing.

      clifford.smith.za - 2012-06-19 10:20

      Confiscate his car and crush it. License taken away for good. Fine and a jail term to round it all off.

  • John - 2012-06-17 23:14

    How much does that Social Worker earn to be able to drive a Lexus?

      Bruce - 2012-06-18 01:41

      He was probably on overtime pay, picking up a document on the weekend!

      John - 2012-06-18 01:47

      We're probably going to end up paying his fine, he was on "official" business.

      Dolf - 2012-06-18 05:08

      No, I think if he was on overtime pay he would still be on his way to the office....

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-18 08:19

      If he was on overtime, would it not be better to drive as slow as pos

  • eddie.serane - 2012-06-17 23:28

    250km/h under the influence, the law must take its duties b4 somebody iz killed

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-06-18 08:41

      Ingadi, what a totally dumb & insensitive comment. News24, you should be ashamed to allow this kind of comments to be posted

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-06-18 01:54

    Keep left here I come..vooom...crawling at 250.

  • Freddy - 2012-06-18 05:06

    250kmph and drunk. THAT'S TOTALLY SUICIDAL.

      Abrie - 2012-06-18 07:11

      Homicidal

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-18 19:42

      Hopefully. But in my experience there is an overworked angel looking after these stupid bastards, and he is more likely to kill a few other people on his way.

  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-06-18 05:56

    No Beemer this time. I wonder what are you beemer haters going to say, ha?\r\n\r\nR21 is the Auto bahn of SA for sure.

      TheGoat - 2012-06-18 07:36

      Umm, loser much?

  • Graeme - 2012-06-18 06:38

    Daddy will bail him out, probably bought him the Black Audi anyway.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-18 19:44

      Who's yo Daddy? Probably some politician with his hand stuck very far into the cookie jar or possibly on of Mr Zuma's love/rape children.

  • musa.ndhlovu.5 - 2012-06-18 06:38

    Attitude is the only way 2 resolve behaviour on our routes......this simply mean the reduction of 120km/h to 100km/h as proposed by the dept of transport is NOT a solution bt a way out for Tender-preneurs to explore in corruption n ruining tex payers' money

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-06-18 06:58

    250km/h.lol nor ke better

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2012-06-18 07:06

    Vrooom vroom,move over he is coming.at least it was not a BMW guy who got caught, they are notorious for speeding.when will golf 6 reach such a high speed?I doubt this speed is practical for golf 6

      phindile.makholwasimanga - 2012-06-18 07:52

      I got about a week knowing how to drive my white Monza n it feels greaaaat when I clock 220k/h hahaha, ask those BMWs n COROLLAs they've been tryin to catch me but they couldn't hahaha...catch me if u can \MR COP\\r\n\r\nI don't drink or do drugs js loooove speeding call me crazy/stupid if it makes u feel better hahaha

      skootzie - 2012-06-18 13:34

      A Golf 6 GTI can beat me top end and my car can reach 250 without much help - so 250 for a G6 shouldn't be a problem. :-P Btw, that's a hot-ass ST.

      Trevor - 2012-06-19 21:34

      ha ha. this IS the smalldick club

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-18 07:09

    arrest these people because they are killing innocent people

  • Schofeild - 2012-06-18 07:20

    At least this time there was no BMW... I hope this will prove that it's not only BMW drivers that drives at high speed.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-06-18 07:26

    MICHAEL SCHUMACHER!!!!!

  • OSSY24 - 2012-06-18 07:28

    ya'll going to kill kenny !!!! you bastards

      thokozane.maloka - 2012-06-18 08:24

      LOL! Best comment so far.

      Peter - 2012-06-18 11:16

      Love it!!

  • Abdul - 2012-06-18 07:35

    Forget the cars and the colours...The fact here is that these idiots were breaking the law and endangering the lives of other road users. There should be no leniency for drivers who just cannot understand the and obey the rules!!!Take a look at pictures and videos of the road carnage and also look at educational content on the priavtely funded website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • my10cent - 2012-06-18 07:40

    Whether speeding like this, not stopping dead at a stop sighn/red robot or making a phone call whilst driving, it remains exactly the same thing - endangering innocent lives. So, if you are NOT guilty of any of the mentioned offences, you may comment...otherwise, just keep it to yourselves.

      IcemanGP - 2012-06-18 09:00

      Daily i see idiots in fancy expensive cars that cannot afford a hands free kit. Shame.

      skootzie - 2012-06-18 13:44

      Let me ask you, have you (in your entire driving life) ever gone through a robot when it's on amber (yellow)? .. Yes? Then you broke the law and are not allowed to comment. Sorry, but you have no say over who can and cannot comment on this website.

      skootzie - 2012-06-19 14:44

      30 people who don't know the law, I presume? ;-)

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-06-18 07:44

    Need fo speed!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-18 08:03

    a social worker driving a lexus? Maybe SARS should conduct a lifestyle audit!

      Dave - 2012-06-19 18:49

      And let me guess - there's nothing wrong with a BEE candidate driving a Navara but who stays in a tin house.....Why shouldn't a social worker drive a Lexus?

  • Mpho - 2012-06-18 08:06

    i dont blame the poor bastards. whats the use of having a fast car if u cant speed. between me and u . id do 300km/h if i could. the moment i get into a car m possesed, the excelerator is calling my name. but ofcourse one has to be considerate of other road users..

      sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-06-18 08:19

      \But of course one has to be considerate of other road users\ Now that's a classic after saying you would do 300 km\\h. I wonder where on earth do the two go together, safety and 300 km per hour.

      Chris - 2012-06-18 21:48

      DON'T WORRY, THE POINTS SYSTEM (IF THE ANC EVER MANAGES TO IMPLEMENT IT) WILL TAKE CARE OF LUNATICS LIKE YOU AND YOUR STREETRACING BUDDIES.

      Trevor - 2012-06-19 08:19

      just ban fast cars. speed regulator at 120km. problem solved

      skootzie - 2012-06-19 10:24

      The autobahn in Germany has an advisory speed limit of 130 kmph and there are enormously fewer deaths on it than on SA roads. Speeding doesn't kill, poor driving does. Case in point, you could be doing 60, have an accident and still die. The outside lane is for speed (in SA, 130 max); yet you will regularly find people pootling along that lane sub-120. I can't remember how many times I've come around a blind bend at 120 and hand to slam brakes because some retard is doing sub-120 in the fast lane. Again, speed doesn't kill people - poor driving does. People will just remove the speed regulator, I know I would. Personally, I'd prefer to see two things come into effect; 1) SA's own autobahn system and 2) a high speed drivers license that allows regular drivers to exceed the speed limit to a certain point (like max 180) because they've been trained on how to handle a car at high speed (advanced drivers course approved by the Traffic Dept). A license that is limited to one car and one car only (so the cops don't try to pull you over every time).

      skootzie - 2012-06-19 14:45

      Wow, 147 down .. new record for me!

      Trevor - 2012-06-19 19:58

      @skootzie. automatic confiscation of car. problem solved

      skootzie - 2012-06-19 21:20

      That could work .. would require a change to the constitution but could work if implemented properly and fairly - like, for example, they'd have to prove that you were behind the wheel of the car at the time of said infraction.

  • Abdul - 2012-06-18 08:09

    Are our drivers lunatics????Can we not see the risk in breaking road rules?? Is it not ime to tighten up and really take action against errant drivers. 16000+ people die on our roads annually!!!!!When do we take a stand. Take a look at the carnage in videos and pics and also view some life saving educational content on the privately funded road saftey website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • wernervh - 2012-06-18 08:27

    Wow... a social worker driving a Lexus... Only in South Africa, Only in the municipalities...

      Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-18 08:53

      Whahahahahaha!!!!!

  • Shellerjc - 2012-06-18 08:38

    BRILLIANT! All people speeding must be get a hefty fine or even some time in jail, after that they neede to go do some social work at hospitals where accident victims are fighting for their lives.

      skootzie - 2012-06-19 10:27

      Jail time = Contracting HIV/AIDS .. you want to let people contract a terminal illness because they drove fast?

  • pgibbings1 - 2012-06-18 08:39

    Do they use average speed trapping in Gauteng already? Oh crap...

  • kaz.hse.7 - 2012-06-18 08:56

    Seems like a battle of the colours here. A white Lexus fails to outdo the black Audi. I should have joined in, could have had second place in my grey Audi....

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-18 18:11

      And me to, in my powder blue Z4.

      skootzie - 2012-06-19 10:28

      I'll just pootle behind you guys in my white Mito QV xD

  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-06-18 09:03

    why should the social worker not drives a Lexus car? if life is screwing you up thats your problem. your uncle's kids drives expensive cars to school and you don't have problem with it. stop being haters, yerrrr

      skootzie - 2012-06-18 13:47

      It's amazing how many people have jumped to a conclusion or are scoffing at the idea of a social worker driving a Lexus .. there are things like wealthy family, wealthy husband/wife, the lottery etc ..

  • Abdul - 2012-06-18 09:08

    "Tragedy on a massive scale".....Undoubtedly, this accident, like all others, could have been easily avoided. 16000+ deaths on our roads annually, but drivers still are not bothered to obey simple road rules. When we get behind the wheel it's like we lose all sense of responsibility. as a father, husband, mum, wife or whatvere lets commit to obeying road rules. DONT make orphans of little children, dont make young mothers widows.....Take a look horrific videos and oics of teh carnage on our roads. Also find educational content on the privately funded website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

      John - 2012-06-19 03:10

      NOT to be offensive but please do not blindly accept the \road\ death statistics of 16000.\r\nSUBTRACT buses,taxis,pedestrains and then blame the drivers of private vehicles.\r\nHow many of these are alcohol related?\r\nKeep your attention on reckless ,negligent, and inconsiderate driving and of course speeding if sucj applies to the above.

  • Gavin - 2012-06-18 09:15

    But most of our gauteng road users never stick to the speed limit anyway,and the weird part is they themselves, don't have clue as to why they're speeding.

      skootzie - 2012-06-18 13:49

      They're speeding because they can (not because they're allowed too (they're not of course) but because nobody (law nobody's, not regular citizens) stops them.

  • margaux.doeebrahim - 2012-06-18 09:16

    who's policing the sap and traffic police. when im doing 80km in a 60 zone cops fly past me on their bikes. no blue lights no nothing. heck I've seen many of them without seatbelts and even on cellphones. try to snap a pic and you're going to be in big trouble.

      skootzie - 2012-06-18 13:50

      "Lead by example" .. if the cops do it, why can't I?

      Dave - 2012-06-19 17:41

      Firstly - we all need to just do what is right. That makes us responsible citizens. Nobody is perfect I agree but 250 isn't a mistake - it's a mision. Secondly - Police and traffic officers (like myself) are exempt from any and all road traffic regulations AS LONG AS IT IS DONE WITH SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC IN MIND AND ONLY IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITY FOR DUTY PURPOSES - for example - Regulation 308 (2) (A)- The use of a cellphone to communicate important information on a complaint is legal (and the general public won't know for sure just by seeing me using my cellphone whilst driving) and I switch my blue lamp and siren off when I'm near a complaint (if serious and dangerous). The best is to not judge and worry about other road users and to just do as expected by law. I know there are many corrupt officials - but some of us are not.

  • tessidy.terrien - 2012-06-18 09:21

    It is funny how the metro and police especially in Gauteng focus on motorists. Some are of course there to force bribes out of the offenders. My opinion. You want safer roads built an autobharn. All less accidents 65percent of people driving above 130 are always more aware and ready for evasive action. Focus on crime. Our daughters and sisters, girlfriends and wives, parents and some children are getting raped and killed and some of the guys doing it don't even go to jail because the police do nothing. Always saying there's no cars available. They are all on the highway. Looking to make a quick buck, to get some sort of promotion. Go get the real criminals and then focus on new ways of addressing driving. Especially unworthy road cars driving 80 in the fast lanes you don't find such in Europe.

  • Abusufyaan - 2012-06-18 09:24

    metro police should first curb the speeding of the "BLUE LIGHT ESCOURT" The rest of us will then fall in line

  • devan.naidoo - 2012-06-18 09:36

    I don't condone driving over the speed limit but an Autobahn kind of freeway would be great.

      skootzie - 2012-06-18 13:53

      Yeah .. right up until you're doing 230 in your Ferrari and cut through a taxi (or some other retard doing 80 in the fast lane who doesn't know what a fast lane is for) like a hot knife through butter :-(

      skootzie - 2012-06-19 18:33

      I am curious why I got thumbs down for this .. do any of the 75 downs know that an autobahn is a limitless speed highway? Do any of the 75 downs know that a car can cut through another car like a hot knife through butter when sufficient speed and force is applied? I'm interested as to why I got so many thumbs down when I've only spoken the truth, anyone care to share why they downed me?

      Trevor - 2012-06-19 20:08

      pretty obvious to me, skootz. 150km/h of the speed differential, which determines the speed of impact, comes from your 230km/h. If you were driving at 100km/hr the impact would have been minor and you most likely would have had time to avoid the crash entirely.

      skootzie - 2012-06-19 21:30

      My primary point was that many people in South Africa don't know what the fast lane is for, I intended to express that point via an analogy of someone using an autobahn (highway with no speed limit) doing 230 in a Ferrari and smashing into someone driving much slower in the fast lane (a common occurrence here). Driving on an autobahn requires a responsibility in driving that is rare here, I'm all for the autobahn and was just pointing out the fallacy of implementing it in a country like South Africa.

      Trevor - 2012-06-20 00:12

      so best just to slow down, eh?

  • renee.vandermerwe1 - 2012-06-18 09:46

    Social worker drives a Lexus? I thought they were badly paid . . .

  • sergiodc - 2012-06-18 09:47

    @Christopher!yes speeding is wrong...but too be honest its the idiot doing 80Km/h on the highway or 30km/h behind the puff of smoke that kills...not the speeders!

      bronwyn.colvin - 2012-06-18 14:08

      I definately agree with you on that.

      Michael - 2012-06-18 15:14

      You couldnt have said it better.

  • Dorothea - 2012-06-18 09:52

    my friends and i were discussing the SA situation and our decision to leave the country..... it was mentioned by all that one of the main reasons preventing us all from ever returning to SA is the way people drive...and i am not just referring to the taxis. the lawlessness, the emphasis on speed, the rudeness, the aggression are all signs of the tension, stress and total lack of respect that SA society represents. no thanks..... good riddance. i just wish that i could bring everyone that means something to me over here...... such a worry.

      Johnny31456 - 2012-06-18 10:42

      I really hope you are not emigrating to India or Nigeria or Cairo or even London! Driver's nightmare! Ask me!

      Dorothea - 2012-06-18 12:01

      johnny compare the death rate on SA roads to that in the United Kingdom, and then we can continue this conversation. until then, i would suggest that you face reality.

  • dangerdayle - 2012-06-18 09:53

    Yo he was in a hurrrrrrrrry!!!!!!

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-06-18 09:56

    Now the idiots might have records against their names for life... Stupid decisions.

  • Shaun - 2012-06-18 10:07

    A social worker driving a Lexus??? Seriously....

  • Johnny31456 - 2012-06-18 10:37

    "a 42-year-old social worker driving a white Lexus " I also want to be a social worker when I grow up... Then I can also drive a LEXUS!

  • Trevor - 2012-06-19 20:04

    They forgot to mention that he had a tiny penis

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