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Olympic swimmer caught speeding

2012-07-08 14:40

Pretoria - A South African Olympic swimmer and his father were arrested for speeding on the N1 to Pretoria on Sunday, Gauteng traffic police said.

Spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said the 55-year-old father was caught shortly before 07:00 driving at 234km/h in a Porsche GT3.

"His 20-year-old son, who is an Olympic swimmer for South Africa, also driving the same make of Porsche, was caught behind him travelling at 188km/h."

Nxumalo said the two were arrested for reckless or negligent driving, with an alternative charge of exceeding the general speed limit of 120km/h. They were released on bail and were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Comments
  • andre.diedricks.3 - 2012-07-08 14:47

    And the Gold medal goes to.....

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-08 15:08

      Lock em up and chuck the keys away...

      JuditVictor - 2012-07-08 16:19

      What a pair of A-holes! I do hope they refuse him into the olympics. It is such idiots who take out other people's children. This father doesn't care where his kid dies or not - he taught him well. Lock both up and take all his medals thus far to boot. When ppl drive like this in public they have NO respect for other people's lives. What makes them this arrogant!

      christo.evangelou.1 - 2012-07-08 18:16

      I am directing this at all the self ritious individuals who post comments with little understanding of what is genuinely dangerous, so let's examine with what little we have: The infringement took place early this morning when there wad good visibility and little traffic. It was on a straight piece of road where easy speed is attainable and probably safe as Metro don't bother trapping in high risk areas. They were able to safely stop for the authorities as there was no mention of a chase. Exceeding the speed limit is illegal and they must accept whatever comes their way but it is no more dangerous than changing lanes without a blindspot check and is considerably safer than driving while talking on your phone. So who here has never taken a call while driving? In which case you must have been a passenger in one of our extremely 'safe' taxis. By the way at that speed in a GT3 he was holding back.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 19:23

      Darn it, just when I thought SA had achieved another aquatic first .....

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-07-08 20:33

      Dear Christo. Breaking the law is breaking the law. No further comment.

      bradlesliect - 2012-07-08 20:59

      Christo as the saying goes "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Agreed, the road was clear, it was a straight road and we ALL(including yourself) take chances while driving. What example is this father setting to his son and the sporting fraternity? This dude(Olympic guy) has a status that DEMANDS and COMMANDS respect. You think this is a shining example? Lets put it to you this way you ignorANUS...what if their brakes had failed? Sounds more like you trying to defend your SELF RIGHTEOUS(This is the correct spelling) and stroking your ego, get off your soapbox and go play in the sandpit with the other kids....the adults are taking. Two wrongs don't make a right..............just saying.

      Jack - 2012-07-09 06:54

      Yeah speeding is wrong. But so are all the other infringements. I don't see headlines where GT3's are crashing into each other.

      christo.evangelou.1 - 2012-07-09 08:26

      @Bradlesliect Let me try to understand you. You agree with my comment that his speeding is illegal. You then state we all take chances before attacking this guys fathers parenting skills and making it seem that because he is an Olympic swimmer he should take less risks than the rest of us? My mate who was killed this weekend in the other newsworthy crash was not killed by an Olympic swimmer, nor was speed a contributing factor. You are welcome to insult me and my spelling, I don't mind, in fact, as far as your opening statement is concerned I would say ditto. At least I have the courage to voice an opinion based on 10 years of road safety experience under my real name.

      sticky.toffee - 2012-07-09 08:31

      couldnt agree more Christo. well said!!!

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-09 09:26

      christo, since when are you deemed the expert on what kills? dont you wonder WHY south africa has one of the hightest road death rates in the WORLD? forget about blaming this on corrupt law enforcement.... this is small part of the problem. how about you start to focus on idiots like our porsche drivers? the problem with south africa is that it is full of people who think that they can make up their own rules, and decide what is acceptable - you being no exception. all race groupings are guilty of this. there is a basic lack of respect for life and a break down in consideration for others. there have been numerous times when my family and i leave early in the morning to go on holiday and we are faced with potential murderers like these two... but somehow you think that it is okay? fools like you come along and condone these speeds? dont you think that an example should be made of these two 'gentlemen'? dont you think that there is a connection between these behaviours and south africa's seeming inability to show respect, to work together on a common goal and simply exist without causing all the mahem on the roads? show some respect to your 'mate' who died this weekend - if you look a little deeper you will start to see that driving at 234km's per hour is INDEED part of the problem... not to mention your rather disturbing defense of such behaviour.

      Jack - 2012-07-09 09:40

      @Dorothy, Speeding is indeed a problem. It is not the only problem. It is however the only problem being enforced. Use of cellphones while driving, not stopping at intersections, not using indicators, incorrect use of fog lights, poor lane discipline, under speeding, right hand lane intimidation, and vehicles not meeting road worthiness. These cannot be curtailed by people hiding in bushes.

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-09 09:50

      jack, i totally agree with you. however the story is about two SPEEDING motorists. hence my emphasis on this issue. however my real issue is with people like christo who think that they can decide what is regarded as safe and unsafe. i also chose to focus on the disgusting lack of respect that people show each other, the notion that 'law abiding' citizens seem to think that they can make up the rules as they go along. it is a common south african trait to point fingers at taxi drivers, high levels of corruption, high levels of crime etc.... and then to drive under the influence, bribe a cop etc. very hypocritical.... no wonder the country seems to be falling apart at the seams.

      christo.evangelou.1 - 2012-07-09 13:06

      @Dorothea.dotty, let me clarify for you. Firstly I did not condone their actions. Secondly, I have worked in road safety for the last ten years which is why I don't have to wonder why we have such high road fatalities. It is for this reason that I believe that rather than attacking individuals who have been caught we should rather use that energy to contribute towards road safety by looking at what we as individuals do that is dangerous and changing our own habits. Which is difficult if you have not undergone defensive training. If every person underwent the correct training the situation would come right irrespective of traffic authorities etc. As we should accept responsibility for our own actions. Sorry if you feel I havent fetched my pitchfork because they were driving porches. I will leave that up to the Judge.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-08 15:02

    Oh well I can't imagine how somebody who owns a GT3 would never drive faster than a 120 kph. You don't put on a condom if you don't plan on having a f***

  • Peter - 2012-07-08 15:05

    " same make of Porsche".......crap reporting!

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-08 15:09

    SARs need to look into this family also

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-07-08 15:52

      idiot

      FerretGee - 2012-07-08 16:43

      Why?

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-07-08 20:34

      They will, don't worry.

      skootzie - 2012-07-09 09:43

      On what grounds?

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-08 15:27

    Daddy beat him by 55 K's, driving the same type of car. Hope he'll fare better in London.

  • lisa.barnard.7 - 2012-07-08 15:29

    like father like son

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-08 15:29

    Driving 234 can (does not have to be at all so) be reckless. But "negligent"? Never -if you are negligent at that speed, you're dead.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-08 15:32

    lock them up! although nobody was injured, anybody with half a brain would know that speeds of over 200 km/h would kill somebody if anything was to go wrong! I love speed myself, but please rather kill yourself on a track somewhere, where no innocent people will be affected.

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-07-08 15:55

    Should withdraw both their drivers licenses,if one is reckless with a firearm your license is withdrawn,should do the same here.#arseholes

      steve.dupreez - 2012-07-08 16:00

      And ban him from swimming for a year!!

      skootzie - 2012-07-09 09:46

      So the next time you are caught speeding, it'll be okay to have you banned from your career for a year? .. Didn't think so.

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-08 16:14

    Looking at the SA swimmers going to London. Cameron van der Burgh he is studing ing in Pretoria , but on face book he has pictures of him and his Audi. The other is Giulio Zorzi who stays in Pretoria, looked at a few other but they stay in KZN and so on.

  • Jake - 2012-07-08 16:24

    At that speed, they could not kill just themselves , but other innocent road users. They should be shown NO MERCY!!!!!!,The carnage on our roads is speeding along ........because of reckless and inconsiderate drivers like these two!!!!!!wwwfatalmovesdotcom educates drivers on how to behave on the roads. See videos and pics of what recklessness does. See wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Comfido Nziyane - 2012-07-08 16:26

    the SA speed limit is 120km/h, there is not even a single car which its top speed is 120. but why is da government allowing fast cars to be imported 2 SA. is it all because SA cannot manufacture its own cars? i realy think they must review the law on this speed limit thing coz if u want to charge somebody on something u must have reasonable grounds, so in this case they were suppose to be selling cars which their top speeds are governed 120km/h. the law makers did not use their knowledge properly. i wana go da N1 highway, over speed nd when they caught me, i will just plead not guilty. i will challenge their decision in caught coz 2me it doesn't make sense.

      neilvwyk - 2012-07-08 16:48

      As far as I know there are 5 brands of vehicles manufactured in South Africa.

  • barbara.k.smillie - 2012-07-08 16:28

    Impound the car AND the passports

  • FerretGee - 2012-07-08 16:37

    The Olympic swimming squad apparently isn't even IN South Africa at the moment, are they sure it isn't a former Olympic swimmer??

  • lebohang.molusi - 2012-07-08 17:01

    How many people are exceding d speed limit, so stop feeding us with these news. A lot of things are happening in our country, pls give better news

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-09 09:29

      what would you rather hear about? perhaps if an example is made out of these two a-holes, there would be less carnage to report? it is scary how de-sensitised south africans are.

  • lownabester - 2012-07-08 17:49

    Porsche's dont buy you brains, 2 idiots in one family

  • bounca363 - 2012-07-08 18:20

    *yawn* - The Irony

  • svanderriet - 2012-07-08 18:25

    So why is it a secret who this olympic swimmer is..

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-08 20:37

    These two must be made to pay compensation to all the people who suffered pain and loss as a result of their reckless and negligent behaviour.

      gary.jacobs.7140 - 2012-07-09 09:11

      Well said 'maseratifittipaldi'. At that time of the morning with clear roads and no-one around their fine should only be for exceeding the speed limit. Maybe some compensation to the traffic authorities who had to set up their trap so early in the morning after receiving tip-offs that these two do this every week, same time, same place. The normal R100 switch should cover those costs

  • nigel.forshaw - 2012-07-08 21:39

    Let them have fun

  • John - 2012-07-08 23:42

    Did they endanger anyone? Who is the complainant?\r\nIf they are competent why bother? Go catch some real schedule one offenders. Those that trespass on our rights. Speeding, bah.

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-09 09:32

      john, if these two a-holes are not sorted out, then one day they will kill someone innocent. why do you lack the ability to see that prevention is better than cure? people like you will be the first to criticise if these 'gentlemen' continue driving like this and eventually achieve what seems to be their objective i.e. a murder? south africans are an amazing bunch. you bitch and moan about corrupt officials, lack of policing, ineffective law enforcement etc etc. but when the cops do what they should be doing, you wonder why they bother? oh dear..... be careful what you wish for.... john, catch a wake up...

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-09 10:50

      dorothea : Agreed. Prevention is better than cure. A very good preventive measure is to stop people travelling altogether. You should see the crazy speeds the aircraft travel at nowadays. Perhaps we should also impose an arbitrary speed limit on them, just to make people feel a bit safer. Come to think of it, the ultimate prevenion is the banning of all human births.

  • John - 2012-07-08 23:43

    Did they endanger anyone? Who is the complainant?\r\nIf they are competent why bother? Go catch some real schedule one offenders. Those that trespass on our rights. Speeding, bah.

  • John - 2012-07-08 23:48

    Exceeding YOUR speed limit. Go look up the definitions of RECKLESS and NEGLIGENT. You just wanted an excuse to arrest them. You are another THUG.

      dorothea.dotty - 2012-07-09 09:35

      john, as i said earlier, catch a wake up. damned if you, damned if you dont. south africa must be the only country in the world that contains silly people like you - you criticise when the cops are corrupt, you criticise when they do their job. why the hell cant you rather comment on the fact that these guys were reprimanded? that the cops did not get a bribe? what the hell do you REALLY want? sounds like you are one very confused soul.

  • SunblushStarfish - 2012-07-09 01:16

    Dumb and Dumber ... going very fast.

  • jantjieb - 2012-07-09 10:06

    In my opinion most of us compare apples with bananas,RSA and other countries aint the same we have got manny more vehicle dan most countries.looking @vehicle accidents i believe speed is not the caurse but a catalist,RECKLESS AND NEGLIGENT driving is the main source of fatal vehicle accidents.I believe most people commenting here never drove long distances,having to drive 120 from here to CPT alone geez dat's a suicide,gona easily loose concentration,posibly sleep.My point is most of the pepole don't knw how to drive hence this lot of accidents are happening."take note ACCIDENT dat happens anywhere anytym.

  • gail.welman - 2012-07-09 14:37

    I hope the wife/ mother kicks both their bums. Idiots. When they kill themselves everyone is gonna cry and expect friends to feel sorry. Well, if you stick your finger in a fire, you are surely gonna burn.

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