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Mayor's driver caught going at 235km/h

2012-08-07 10:45

Bloemfontein - The driver of Sasolburg's mayor was arrested after Free State traffic officers found  him driving at 235km/h on the N1, the Volksblad newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The driver Elliot Sefatsana, a former traffic officer, was speeding in Mayor Brutus Mahlaku’s white Mercedes-Benz near the Verkeerdevlei toll gate.

The newspaper reportedly said traffic officials wanted to stop the speeding vehicle, but that Sefatsana switched on the vehicle’s blue lights and continued to speed away.

The authorties eventually stopped him 30km further along.

Sefatsana told them he was speeding because Mahlaku was late for a meeting with Free State Premier Ace Magashule.

He was arrested and was later released on bail of R1 000.

Municipal spokesperson Gino Alberts confirmed that the mayor had a meeting with the premier, The Volksblad reported.

Police spokesman Sergeant Fikiswa Matoti said Sefatsana would appear in court again on 28 Augustus 2012.

Comments
  • edna.errenrich - 2012-08-07 10:50

    a mayor has blue lights i ask u why do these buffoons have such high self esteem

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-08-07 11:10

      At least he had a good upbringing....NEVER EVER BE LATE!!!

      dawood.timol - 2012-08-07 11:15

      EISH!!!!! I'm rushing for my KFC.

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-08-07 12:07

      No Edna. They have a 'low' self esteem. That's why they have blue lights. To prop up their flagging senses of self-worth.

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-08-07 10:58

    Traffic office (bribe taker) to become Mayor (thief) driver ... way to go Mr.Elliot Sefatsana !!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-07 10:58

    So basically what they are saying is that if he had of caused an accident,killed an innocent person or two-the value of that life is R1000.00????? That is a crock of$h!!. Big egos and NO brains!!!! Not like he was racing to stop a nuclear attack! Get real-all you wanna be V.I.Ps!

      james.whyte.104 - 2012-08-07 11:34

      The bail was R1000. We wait with anticipation as to the actual fine. May it be many tens of thousands

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-07 11:55

      James: I very much doubt it,however if you are correct I doubt the driver will pay,so its just more tax payers money down the plug!

      tshepo.ally - 2012-08-07 17:33

      Yes. That is exactly what they are saying. That meeting is more important than someone else's life. What BS.

  • martin.ferguson.7311 - 2012-08-07 11:02

    I WANT A MERCEDES!!!!!

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-07 11:50

      I want a blue light...

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-08-07 12:18

      I want a Merc and a blue light.

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-07 12:36

      I want a free and fair South African government that cares for the people, but we cant always have what we want...

      leon.coe.5 - 2012-08-07 12:59

      Hey Martin you forgot the all important thing, - BLUE lights, never forget the blue lights. You are entitled to loads of benefits once you have a Blue light. What about a Black Mans Wheels.

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-08-07 14:23

      I want a mercedes and a blue light WITH a driver. Thank you very much.

      Penny - 2012-08-07 15:45

      @curriemafia - you made my day. Thanks for the jolly good laugh. Thank heavens for a sense of humour.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-08-07 15:58

      i want to be a politician

      peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-08-07 16:03

      I want an excellent mayor who plans his day and thus gets to meetings on time without risking people's lives on the way.

  • kikimotsapi - 2012-08-07 11:04

    I thought 120km/h is the maximum speed for all vehicles travelling on S A roads ...

      skootzie - 2012-08-07 12:26

      Go on the highway, do 120 in the middle lane - check how many people overtake you (both in the fast and slow lanes). SA Road laws seem to be more of a guideline than any form of actual law. :/

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-07 12:52

      skootzie, vehicles shouldn't be able to overtake you on the left hand lane, why ?, because you should be driving in the left hand lane, why can't more drivers learn this basic law, drive on the left overtake on the right, it's basic common sense but so many just don't get it.

      martin.battaliou - 2012-08-07 12:59

      I was doing 235 km/h this morning. It was in a 737 on final approach.

      leon.coe.5 - 2012-08-07 13:00

      Not if you have a Blue Light!

      skootzie - 2012-08-07 13:19

      Bob, common sense is, alas, not so common. :'(

      john.masengo - 2012-08-07 16:48

      No, only minibus taxis in residential areas...

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-07 11:09

    Can someone please teach the anc mungrels how to read a watch ?

      aspruyt - 2012-08-07 11:18

      No concept of time and punctuality and while we're at it no responsibility either!

  • dirk.hattingh - 2012-08-07 11:16

    Speed limits are from the 1960's where cars could not handle going over 120km/h

      Gavin - 2012-08-07 12:02

      from the sounds of it, so are you chucklehead.

      edwardsch - 2012-08-07 12:02

      Dirk, stop talking nonsense. Limit is there for a reason and does not have ANYTHING to do with the technology of the vehicle. Cars may be able to go faster but most drivers do not have the ability to react quickly enough to be able to handle those kinds of speeds. In this case, the absolute lack of responsibility by the mayor and his driver are the issue. The speed limit is there for a reason and we ALL HAVE to abide by the law. !!!!!!!!

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-07 12:38

      @edwardsch - "only SOME HAVE to abide by the law. !!!!!!!!" there i fixed it

      ackwell - 2012-09-19 10:51

      120 was the apartheid law now it is open to challenge !

  • aspruyt - 2012-08-07 11:16

    Lock the mayor and the driver up.

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-08-07 11:17

    Mark my words - Soon enough some minister or political VIP will be killed in a bluelight crash due to speeding or wreckless driving.

      SNG62 - 2012-08-07 11:25

      Maybe sooner would be better than later! Do Angie or Juju's drivers ever speed?

      boyd.bryson.5 - 2012-08-07 11:32

      Can't happen soon enough

      gary.bloom.967 - 2012-08-07 11:35

      I freaking hope so and I hope that they hit a tree and not anyone else.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-08-07 11:53

      Usually they survive but the occupants of the other involved cars do not.Devils do not usually die you know,the innocents do.

      robert.nelson.92754397 - 2012-08-07 11:56

      it wont be wreckless!! there will be one moerse wreck!!!

      ro.jhb.1 - 2012-08-07 13:28

      From your lips to Gods ears

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-07 11:18

    White Mercedes ! Wow ! Meeting with Ace! Wow ! Blue Lights ! Wow ! Municipal Spokesperson ! Wow ! Police Spokesperson ! Wow ! Thank heavens for our impressive leadership. No-one will ever go hungry.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-07 11:18

    Brutus: an appropriate name!

      bakers.dozen.14 - 2012-08-07 11:38

      et 2

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-07 19:50

      Stabbing the nation in the back... Et tu Brutus Mampara?

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-08-07 11:19

    Lead by example... what a joke.

  • toddler.ras - 2012-08-07 11:41

    Where can i get these blue lights? wanna use them when i'm late for a anything

  • Perfume5 - 2012-08-07 11:41

    R1000 bail - no further comment!!!!

  • jonathan.dutoit2 - 2012-08-07 11:43

    he should get a criminal record, i know a guy that got R1500 bail, 5 months prison suspended for FIVE years, and he was doing 192km/h! Same rule should apply!!

      jonathan.dutoit2 - 2012-08-07 11:44

      oh and R1000 fine

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-07 12:40

      This guy works for government hes 5 months of jail time will be 5 months fully paid leave

  • michael.digby.9 - 2012-08-07 11:49

    Cool, so if I'm late for a meeting, I can speed along at twice the speed limit and get away with a little slap on the wrist!!! I hope the fine is appropriate...but all these cANCer folks seem to get way with murder!!!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-07 11:49

    ANC Blue light thugs

  • siya.jr - 2012-08-07 11:51

    R 1000.00 bail is a joke.

      Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-07 12:02

      He is still going to get a fine or whatever the judge will dish out..that speed id excessive.. I am also glad the police were not deterred by position and party. WE CONGRATULATE the POLICE for doing their JOB without FAVOUR to politicians.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-07 11:58

    Late for a meeting - Blue lights - self important nobodies - Banana Republic.

  • Gavin - 2012-08-07 12:03

    soon there will be a law, it will state: all ANC members are exempted from obeying the laws - oh crap, that's happening already....

      leon.coe.5 - 2012-08-07 13:07

      Well said Eterni80.

  • lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-08-07 12:06

    This case will be postponed until the arresting officer takes his/her pension. A bail of 1000 bucks is just a formality.

  • klasie.kitshoff - 2012-08-07 12:13

    did they check for alcohol?

  • zaaristotle - 2012-08-07 12:14

    Tell you boss to invest in an alarm clock, cellphone reminders and even some Time Management courses - idiot.

  • arthur.halse - 2012-08-07 12:18

    Africa time rules on SA roads.

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-08-07 12:21

    \Mahlaku was late for a meeting with Free State Premier Ace Magashule\ Obviously the mayor instructed the driver to drive as fast as the car can. He gave unlawful instruction, sat back and condoned his own action. Mayor must also be charged. We can not have the law that says max speed 120km/h and on the other side have ppl calling themselves VVVIP breaking the same law meant to protect every1. When u are late is either you cancel, postpone or notify person you are meeting.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-08-07 12:24

    Why didn't the Mayaor leave in good time to avoid speeding and putting SAn's at risk?

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-08-07 13:27

    Effing disgusting. The mere fact that no one has apologised reafirms that they are c8nts.

  • pngee - 2012-08-07 13:28

    The Mayor needs some time management training so he leaves in time for his meetings. Typical of the New SA Beurocrats who believe that they are above the law. Absolute unacceptable bad behavior, but do our leaders know any better, me thinks not!

  • carpejugulim - 2012-08-07 13:34

    they have blue lights to compensate for the absolute lack of time management

  • DJVANMAN - 2012-08-07 15:25

    And they want to tell me that the speedlimit is there because speed kills. O, I forgot it only kills if you dont have trhat BLUE LIGHT on your roof.

  • ravin.govinden - 2012-08-07 15:41

    He is late so now please burry him or cremate him !!!!

  • InternetBadAss - 2012-08-07 16:30

    Just like everything else in RSA, if you know someone you are all aces.. just you watch! What would happen if one of us, the common drones, drive that fast?

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-08-07 16:59

    Fire him...

  • braamc - 2012-08-07 17:47

    Jail the piece of sh@#t, be on time for meetings. Planning and work ethics, mind you the cANCer knows nothing of that

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-07 17:48

    So next time you are late you may speed like a bat out of hell - or is that right reserved for the politicians whether small time or big time? These boys just don't understand it, everybody, including the president and the mayor and whatever kind of person is subject to the law. What is more, those who claim to be the "leaders of the people" must lead by example. Oh well, forget it, this is all too Eurocentric, I apologize, sorry my African basies, I beg your forgiveness, you are the baas and therefore can do as you please.

  • stefan.ferreira.984 - 2012-08-07 18:46

    Maybe they should plan their days better - or have fewer meetings?

  • Jason - 2012-08-07 19:06

    Almost DOUBLE the speed limit and only R1000 bail to be paid by the Sasolburg Municipality. Fines are a joke. Withdraw the driver's license summarily and end his days of pretending to be important. Also, if Ace had any sense he would officialy condemn that sort of activity,

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-07 19:48

    How much more must the civilized SA public take from these semi-literate, self opinionated , over fed and overpaid incompetents who do not have the slightest interest in the lives of others. I can tell you that I would not be responsible for my actions if this goon and his driver wiped out my wife and my three kids, so he could get to some useless, time wasting, non productive, meeting with a table full of like goons. The SA public, in co-operation with the DA, should start a mass campaign to have the mayor and his driver each receive R 25 000 fines which they must each personally pay. The driver must have his license suspended, and both must be immediately fired , as the evidence against them is totally irrefutable. The only propaganda we get from the road authorities to reduce the carnage on our roads is "DRIVE ALIVE - SPEED KILLS" What gives these scum bags the right to think that they are above the law, and can carry on being criminally negligent. The public need to stand together on this one, and make sure a legal precedent is set, as how to deal with this blue light menace, endangering the lives of law abiding citizens. They were trapped at exactly double the legal speed limit, and technically only the tyres of a Formula 1 race car, can survive such maintained high speed. His municipality is probably insolvent under his able management AND INSATIABLE CORRUPTION.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-09-17 07:34

    Be lovely if one could just push a button, and a solid concrete wall pops up in front a speeding "Blue light" vehicle. Fkker.

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