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Tshwane authorities probe drag racing

2011-04-04 10:22

Johannesburg - Tshwane authorities were investigating the possibility on Monday morning that three people killed in an accident on the notorious Voortrekker Road were drag racing, a spokesperson said.

"The initial witness reports... suggest that they might have been involved in drag racing," said Tshwane safety and security spokesperson William Baloyi.

The DA called on the city's mayor on Monday morning to "intervene immediately to stop the illegal racing in Voortrekker Road on Sunday evenings", said Moot councillor Elmarie Linde.

"We have submitted two petitions in the last four years wherein we requested action but to no avail. It is time that the mayor visits Voortrekker Road on a Sunday evening to see for himself what is happening there," said DA councillor Hendrik Fourie of Ward 53.

"How many more lives will be lost before these races are stopped? Not even the petitions, signed by many residents and motorist, were regarded as important. Spectators who support these races are just as guilty. Less motorists will race if there are no spectators."

Two people died on the scene and a third died later in hospital after a horrific crash involving a Nissan 350Z and a Uno Turbo in Gezina around 20:00 shortly after witnesses said the drag race started.

The two cars crashed into two other cars, which were not taking part in the race.

The Nissan then crashed into a pole and burst into flames, while the Uno broke apart when it hit another pole.

A passenger in the Uno died on the scene and its driver later died in hospital.

The Nissan's driver also died.

Comments
  • Niekie - 2011-04-04 10:33

    Why do they want to probe drag racing? These lazy, overweight police have known about this going on for years and years! All the dragracers know that on Sunday evenings the police are all at home watching TV.

      K@K Praat? - 2011-04-04 10:56

      TRue... Why now? The people already died. Typical. To Late........AGAIN!!!!

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:07

      You are totally wrong with the statement that you are making here. These fat lazy TRAFRFIC COPS, not the metro indeed but the Gauteng Traffic pollice (the Highspeed unit that you see and read about in t he news papers the white golf GTI's) are constantly on this, planning operations to lock up these drag rasers, but every time there is an police man that is tipping off all the drag rasers, now you tell me WHO IS TO BLAME HERE, you can a traffic officer to his job

      Whuyu - 2011-04-04 12:10

      Who cares??.......cry me a river. The gene pool is being cleansed by these idiots themselves! If they want to "race" and be killed - woopidoo.........so what! No pity on my side. Only tragedy is if an innocent party is killed - someone who is not involved in racing or spactating.

      Frank - 2011-04-04 15:22

      Niekie, it is retarded people like yourself that have this sentiment. Lets put your fat ass in a police uniform and send you into the crowd and you go and tell them to piss off back home. I work as a reservist at Moot and I know what the people are like on a sunday night in voortrekker road. Lets se how you react when they swear at you and call you names when you try and stop the racing. When they start their shit, I get all the moot vehicles to block off the road and only leave two lanes open. What are you doing about it except opening up your stink hole and dishing out critisism

  • Eric West - 2011-04-04 10:35

    The incompetent Metro Cops are to blame for this tragedy. They have done absolutely nothing to curb the practice and have ignored complaints from the public for years!

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-04-04 13:10

      I blame the racing drivers.

  • shyandrio - 2011-04-04 10:36

    i totally agree this is the drag race hotspot for many years

  • k.akmal - 2011-04-04 10:43

    A pretty good outcome for once - all of the dead were taking part in the street racing and no bystanders were hurt.

  • alexander.lombard - 2011-04-04 10:56

    Dragracing in Voortreker road has been going on since I can remember but then again I am still young. We are looking at a problem older than the New South-Africa and yet police just can't bother to catch them. The odd roadblock on a sunday does nothing to catch these fools but only slows them for that day. We need those ventersdorp traffic ooms with the camo hiding in trees and ditches to catch these guys.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-04-04 11:00

    Uhm just get of your Fat backsides and do some work! Why do you want to probe it? Why is Taxi's doing what they please on the roads! Cause you are not doing your JOB!

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:42

      Yes that is what you will thing, becuase its not you that is working as a traffic officer on the roads and beeing kiled every second night in just doing your job, stopping a taxi and beeing shot, if you do not know the facts, please do not comment

  • BaronSmurf - 2011-04-04 11:04

    Voortrekker drag racing are organised by the cops,,illegal gambling is part of this high money making racket,The gathering at Cassbah parking area see a lot of money changing hands,as long as money can be made cops will protect them

      unskinnybob - 2011-04-04 11:47

      Wdf rook jy?

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:11

      Where do you get your information from that the traffic cops are the organisers of these drag racings. These fTRAFRFIC COPS, not the metro indeed but the Gauteng Traffic pollice (the Highspeed unit that you see and read about in t he news papers the white golf GTI's) are constantly on this, planning operations to lock up these drag rasers, but there is police (metro traffic officers) that is tipping off the drag rasers, now you tell me WHO IS TO BLAME HERE, how can a traffic officer to his job

  • HJS - 2011-04-04 11:06

    Past events in this country has clearly shown that the only times a Metro Cop does not act against someone breaking the law is when they have the opportunity to "pocket" something from it. I suspect these illegal drag races around the country is a wonderfull source of "extra income" for metro cops. {Must be buying them supper, as it usually hapens in the evenings, so it can not be lunch} There is no way in hell that they could not be aware of it or not be able to stamp it out effectively.

  • symbiosis1981 - 2011-04-04 11:14

    let them kill themselves, I mean they want to,

  • Simon Botes - 2011-04-04 11:15

    Drag racing has been around on Voortrekker road for a very, very long time. I can remember watching these drag races over 17years ago when I lived in the moot area. The old Cashbah roadhouse used to be the main spectator spot in those days. Amazing how they only take action when people die. Me thinks movies like "The Racist" actually promote this kind of sport. Lets face it, youngsters will always do this and nothing the metro cops can do will stop it. Why not just legalize the sport and help to make it safer? Maybe closing down certain streets after hours and having medical and traffic officials on the ground to help protect those driving who are not part of the race. This could actually become a HUGE spector sport and will be good for the local economy. It just needs to be managed correctly. If we allow people to box each other to a pulp, why not allow drag racing? Just do it properly and safely.

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:14

      I dont know why they have to do their racing in Voortrekker weg, there is so many safe place made available to the public to go and do teir racing, but its more pleasant for them to rather go on a sunday night to do it in Voortrekker

      Brodie84 - 2011-04-04 12:15

      Very silly comment. There is no "proper and safe way of doing it" on a public road. Even if the street is closed off. If you want to race, do it on a proper track

      Natasja - 2011-04-04 15:21

      Ek sal se kry n plek waar hulle kan race..Gee hulle mense wat kan omsien na hulle as daar iets gebeur..En hou hulle uit voortrekkersweg!!

  • JDK - 2011-04-04 11:17

    Why blame the police/ politicians - its not them drag racing. Rather blame low IQ and alcohol!!!!

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:38

      I agree with you, thers always some body els to blame

      Natasja - 2011-04-04 15:24

      Ek se dit is altwee..Stop dit en kry dit oor...Hou op almal sleg se en doen iets..

  • Louis III - 2011-04-04 11:18

    Fewer spectators will NOT stop the racing, these guys race for their egos only.

      Dan - 2011-04-04 12:12

      Bit common, but yeh. Low profiles, mags, glittering bling, free flows, etc. Really a bit too common for my understanding. These "china's" belong together somewhere out there I suppose. They are even more common than a true red neck.

      Natasja - 2011-04-04 15:25

      Dit is so waar mense wat niks gehaad het ni en nou wil hulle iets bewys aan hulle self,maar hulle stel aner mense in gevaar!!

  • John - 2011-04-04 11:18

    There is a simple cure to this problem. Legalize street racing, simple. Charge each car a racing fee, set up spectator areas which are charged for. Monies raised can go toward EMS & police services and the remainder for prize money. More prohibition you place on this illegal sport the more underground and fatal it shall become.

      Whuyu - 2011-04-04 12:11

      Great! Let them go underground and kill themselves off.............yayyyyy

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:26

      John There is registered places made available for these racings. Bu you know, its more sufficient for them do go in the night, but not for long, they will be locked up soon

      Natasja - 2011-04-04 15:27

      Ja dit sal werk..En kom iemand in n ongelik is dit op sy gewete as hy lewe..

  • mdmunro - 2011-04-04 11:24

    OH Comeon what do they want to probe. If the were doing 60Km/ph do you think there cars would look like that. The people asking for the probe must be some kind of office idiots not knowing whats going on in there METRO>

  • Terry O'Kelly - 2011-04-04 11:35

    Only the Metro police are to blame. They are incompent and invisible!

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:31

      Incompentent indeed, but not invisible. do you know, that the Gauteng Traffic police, is monitoring this and is busy with plans to stop this, just open your eyes, did you hear of the high speed unit the golf GTI's thats on the roads arresting and locking up people who is speeding. If you do not know the facts, please do not comment, the only once who is to blame here, is the speed races them selfs.

  • Douglas Hendry - 2011-04-04 11:37

    One good thing, both the idiots who caused the crash died.

      denzil.banks - 2011-04-04 16:41

      well who are you to judge who the idiot is i think you nare the bigest one

  • larrikin - 2011-04-04 11:38

    iyhoo! tough streets lights poles. not even a bend

      Chillepeppa - 2011-04-04 15:27

      I saw that too... was very surprise at that.

  • skulldude70 - 2011-04-04 11:41

    Get it right please....it is not drag racing, it is street racing. Big difference. Drag racers race on a drag strip where it is safe to do so, not on the streets. And while they conveniently waste more of the tax payer's money with "probes", nail the bliksems who race on Atterbury on Thursday nights as well.

      Dan - 2011-04-04 12:18

      True. The one is a sport and the other a "show me who has the biggest dick" competition.

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:32

      I agree with you here

  • Mike Hoxbig - 2011-04-04 11:49

    Promises will be made before elections, and nothing will be done after it. Reckless driving doesn't generate revenue, speed cameras do.

  • HeatWave_722 - 2011-04-04 12:07

    Give us a place to race... Wesbank is closed, Tarlton is far, give us a place to race, we'l even pay

      Verbatim - 2011-04-04 12:17

      Try Zwartkops raceway. So you then race in Voortrekkers road because you dont want to drive to Tarlton?

      Mike Hoxbig - 2011-04-04 12:22

      Uhm, Gerotek and Zwartkops is not that far from Pretoria. Join an enthusiasts club and organise it the proper way.

      skulldude70 - 2011-04-04 12:26

      Tarlton is not far. It is about 90km from where I stay in Pta. What baffles me the most is that some will spend anything from 20K to 500K (yes, some even higher than that) modifying their cars, but then moan that either the petrol price is too high or that decent dragstrips are too far away... Voortrekker Road on Sundays, Atterbury on Thursday nights, etc are all death traps and the gene pool is slowly cleansing itself of street racers.

      Tersia - 2011-04-04 12:45

      Contact the traffic department, they will deffintly help you with this one, I prommise you that.

  • Ben - 2011-04-04 12:17

    AWESOME!!!! WE LOST SOME MORONS!!!! THE WORLD FEELS LIGHTER AND A LOT SAFER!!!!

  • Adrian - 2011-04-04 12:30

    People who go to watch this gross endangerment of people's lives should also get criminal records. If there's no one to watch, there's no one to race for!

      watalife - 2011-04-04 12:50

      The idiots who race and those who spectate should all be arrested. Erect speedhumps immediately and any vehicle that has been customised should be impounded pending test.This has been going on for years. 1989/1990 a thick plank driving a Nissan 1400 bakkie with a Toyota TRD motor lost control racing a Nissan ZX doing around 180kph on the Witbank highway and smashed into a Kombi killing 4.

  • PNutz - 2011-04-04 12:38

    Give them somewhere to do this legally! Swartkops and Kyalami are off limits on weekends and the others that do the legal racing are too far from PTA and would mean these clowns would be racing there anyways and we have enough people dying on Gautengs roads as it is. Make place for them to vent and show off their cars and they will go there. This has been a problem all over the world and the reason there are so many race tracks etc and organised roads even where its controlled by governing bodies or the metro's/police themselves. Its a culture and a lifestyle so bitching about it is like saying labola is wrong. Rather than try ban it which makes it more prestigious and people more devious make a plan to get it happening where its safe and in a controlled environment. The legal dragging that was done in JHB was great even for the spectators (they were a hell of a lot safer than bystanders on a pavement!) and it was actually an enjoyable afternoon/evening out and everyone there seemd to have displaced all the excess testosterone as well.

  • Gregory Green - 2011-04-04 13:20

    Racing will happen no matter what. It will just move to another location. The best thing to do for these guys is make it safer. Get the cops involved and block the street off and get paramedics on site and let them drag in an empty street.

  • shanz.mcelnea - 2011-04-04 14:00

    has anyone thats commented on this article ever been young and done stupid things.....? you have no idea how the days have changed fast cars and competition is the way these days, yes drag racing is extremely wrong and can kill innocent ppl dont get me wrong bt this all got so much worse when they took away wesbank raceway.

  • haynes.sp - 2011-04-04 14:59

    Perhaps the two car wrecks should have been left there "on show" for a week. Maybe then enough people will see the REAL consequences of idiot drag racing?

  • Natasja - 2011-04-04 15:14

    Ek bly naby Voortrekkersweg en stem saam hulle moet dit stop sit ons was al op n sondag by Cash bar en di oor vloed van mense wat daar staan en kyk en di kare wat op gewarm is vir di jaag af in daai pad..Ek hoop en bid hulle stop dit..Kyk mens kan enige plek n ongelik maak,maar hoekom daar voor gaan soek...So baie mense se lewe is in gevaar..Stop dit nou.Hulle jaag soos pad varke en nou is daar mense dood...Help ni ons skel die poliesie nie want die mense wat daar gaan staan en kyk is net so verkeerd soos die wat jaag...Dit is vreeslik om te dink ouers sien hulle mense nie weer nie..En ja dit was hulle besluit om tejaag daar maar sit dit nou stop voor nog mense dood gaan!!!!

  • SlapTjip - 2011-04-04 15:23

    Anyone who attends as a spectator is supporting organised crime. Anyone attending as a racer is supporting organised crime. It is not new news that when you move in crime circles your life expectancy is reduced. These criminals got what they deserved and please don't tell me that illegal racing is not a crime.

  • maphoroko - 2011-04-04 19:17

    At least Julius was not involved this time. I think that the street name must be changed. Voortrekker to Julius Malema Highway.

  • jannie.swem16 - 2011-04-05 13:38

    When are these "fast and Furious" wannabes gonna learn?this is a great way to rid the gene pool of inferior stock. Lekke Zef.. kom ons gaan daais! One night i was on voortrekker on a Sunday.. some juvenile delinquient treid to taunt me into a race.. with his clapped up golf with an exhaustpipe he fashioned from one his fathers spare drain pipes, at his scrap asbestos business... I had my family in the car, I was sworn at, and basically harassed with hard braking swerving in my direction... zap signs... logic tells me if i did "daais" him i would have kicked his but. his clapped up golf probably had more nitrous oxide in it to run the space shuttle...and he would have either killed himself or may family

  • Angie - 2011-04-05 14:41

    Hi guys. My brother was one of the tree people who died in the accident. I must say that the men in my family does have a thing for living dangerously. i just hope that something will be done to stop this madness in the future. regards

  • zak - 2011-04-05 23:53

    This article makes it seem as if the nissan was at fault? when it was the UNO and an x3 that hit it?? why??

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