Juju, Hofmeyr slammed for ‘bad example’

2013-12-21 00:00

SPEEDING by Julius Malema and singer Steve Hofmeyr is a “bad example”, Arrive Alive said yesterday.

Malema and Hofmeyr were arrested on Thursday night in separate incidents for driving at 215 km/h and 169 km/h respectively in 120 km/h zones.

Arrive Alive spokesperson Thato Mosena said both the Economic Freedom Fighters leader, and the singer-activist are leaders in their communities.

“Their behaviour was absurd. They must swallow their pride and admit they didn’t provide a good example.”

Since the beginning of December, at least 600 people have been killed on the country’s roads, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said yesterday.

Malema appeared briefly in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court after being trapped at about 6.40 pm doing 215 km/h in a borrowed BMW 5-series on the N1 freeway near the Vaal Barrage.

The car belongs to Oraks Trading & Projects, whose sole shareholder is Frans Mokwele. The company provides catering services to an FET campus in North West.

Malema was released on R5 000 bail at about 2 am yesterday.

The police tried to fool the media by leading a fake Malema out of the Vanderbijlpark police station with his head under a jacket.

He faces charges of reckless and negligent driving and breaking the speed limit. The case was postponed until the end of January.

In a statement, the EFF apologised for the “unfortunate incident” and explained that Malema had to visit several towns in three provinces in one day.

Hofmeyr was arrested at 5 pm, near Bronkhorstspruit on the N4 freeway. He was freed shortly afterwards on R500 bail.

It didn’t take long for social media to make fun of the pair. A manipulated Fast and Furious poster with Malema and Hofmeyr’s faces on it spread like wildfire.

Hofmeyr’s supporters joked that he was now qualified to be the president, having been in jail.

“I admit that what I did was irresponsible and dangerous,” Hofmeyr wrote on his Facebook page.

“There’s only space for one jailbird in this cell, Julius. Move over, fat-arse,” he teased.

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