Selfie driver grounded by her dad

2015-04-09 13:31
Nicci Redelinghuys (Facebook)

Nicci Redelinghuys (Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - Student Nicci Redelinghuys, who purportedly took a series of selfies while driving, has been grounded.
 
Her father Dean spoke to News24 and confirmed that his 20-year-old daughter had been “disciplined”.

“No one will be speaking to her. I have closed down all her social media accounts and taken her cellphones away. She is locked up at home,” he said curtly.

Nicci Redelinghuys purportedly posted “selfie” pictures of herself driving in various poses, which raised the ire of road safety and community activism groups.

The caption reads: “So yesterday I was driving on the N3 trying to take a selfie. lol. I kept looking at the camera and forgetting to watch the road! But I guess I finally got it kind of right! I still look scared as shit.”

'A childish exercise'

He said that his daughter claimed she had not taken the picture of herself while driving on a freeway, as was stated in the picture’s caption.

“She insists that she wasn’t driving and all of this is a result of a prank that was played by one of her friends. I don’t know what to think and I have not had the chance to sit down with her and discuss the issue properly,” he said.

“I think it was a childish exercise on her part and it has done a huge amount of damage. I am completely aware of the seriousness of this issue and I have dealt with it.”

In one of her Facebook posts, which has since been removed, she described herself as a professional driver who had been tutored by her father.

“What she said has direct implications for me because I was mentioned and I do participate in rally events. We know how serious the situation is on our roads with fatal accidents and there is carnage on the roads every day.

“I have spent four years teaching previously disadvantaged mechanics how to properly service taxis and alike and what she put on Facebook has undone all of my hard work,” Redelinghuys said.

“I cannot believe how far those pictures have spread.”

On Wednesday the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department issued a statement condemning Redelinghuys’s “irresponsible” behaviour.

Stern words for student

Transport Department spokesperson Nathi Sukazi had stern words for the student.

“We strongly condemn irresponsible behaviour of any kind by anyone on our roads. Such conduct that deliberately endangers the lives of other road users should not allowed to gain ground in our society especially given the continuing road carnage,” he said.

“We should all take a firm stance to put a stop to this illegal, suicidal and utterly irresponsible road user behaviour, and urge that no one copies it,” Sukazi added.

Lesson learnt

Later On Thursday, Nicci Redelinghuys said she had learnt her lesson 'the hard way', News24 reported.

“I have decided to formally respond to the media rage about what I posted on Facebook," the student said on her Facebook account.

"I believe that I have caused a big amount of damage and a lesson was learnt the hard way.

“Today I would like to state my side to clear the air. I was not physically driving when I took the photo of myself. As most of you have noticed my photos were taken whilst stationary and I was not on the N3.

“I know my actions were wrong and as a 20-year-old I did not know how to respond to the social media outrage than to put my defences up. I apologise if I have done any harm. My intention was not to come across as an irresponsible girl and it was just a[n] innocent private joke with my friends,” she said.

Read more on:    facebook  |  durban  |  social media

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
112 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/World

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.