Biker fined R44 000 for speeding

2011-11-16 15:15

Johannesburg - A 32-year-old motorbike-riding accountant was fined R44 000 by the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for speeding, Gauteng traffic police said.

Spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said Brian Ely was arrested on the N14 between Muldersdrift and Zwartkops on Wednesday.

He was caught clocking 206km/h in a 120km/h zone on his Kawasaki super bike, she said.

Ely was on his way to join a group of friends at Pine Haven.

"He was taken to Muldersdrift police where he was charged with reckless and or negligent driving and an alternative count of exceeding the general speed limit," she said.

He appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court shortly after he paid R1 500 bail at the Muldersdrift police station.

He was found guilty and sentenced to a fine of R44 000 or 90 days' imprisonment, of which half was suspended for three years.

He arranged with the court to pay R22 000 over a period of six months.

  • Carol - 2011-11-16 15:20

    There goes his petrol money !!

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-11-16 15:20

    That should slow him down!

  • Bonokwakhe - 2011-11-16 15:21

    That's too harsh, politicians are only paying R1500. Animal farm in action.

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2011-11-16 15:25

      It's great that this guy gets fined, but I share your concern. how many politicians got caught drinking and driving and get away with a slap on the wrist?

      Ryan - 2011-11-17 09:55

      ya there is no consistency ... the next oke or politician will get one fifth that for the doing the same speed. unfair

      Daan - 2011-11-25 08:29

      @BONOKWAKHE - Agreed - And they will fight it in court with Taxpayer's money, and if they loose the case, they appeal!!!!! I LOVE this stand-up comedy republic we became. No more dull news like the "Rooi Gevaar" Now we have a nearly full parliment of CLOWNS to entertain us.

  • schmidt.liam - 2011-11-16 15:21

    But killing someone on a bike by drunken driving bail is R500 and 30 days. Lovely

  • Shawn - 2011-11-16 15:22

    Eish ja . . .

      Shawn - 2011-11-16 15:25

      I owned two bikes, I know the feeling of wanting or needing to open up on the road, but this was pure madness, lucky you did not hit anything at that speed and especially on that road.

      Heiku - 2011-11-17 14:23

      That road is awesome for speeding. what are you on about

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 09:26

      I like doing 140km/h on my back wheel ! On a super bike he was probably only in third or fourth gear. Damn the man.

  • Shaun - 2011-11-16 15:22

    Ouch bru, I feel your pain

  • leerobbertse - 2011-11-16 15:22

    Cool!!! No one got hurt, and he walks away, hope he learned.

  • Nicholas - 2011-11-16 15:27

    This is too much... money making bull!!!

      Deon - 2011-11-16 15:37

      Stupidity also does not pay.

      charlesaduplessis - 2011-11-16 16:05

      They shoud have locked him up period.. he endanger us all ont the roads.. wait until someone like that drives into your kids car and kil them all.. then I would want to hear you..

      Caryn - 2011-11-17 08:53

      but us law abiding drivers must think BIKE! that man going through your back window would kill you all. he must pay!

      NrGx - 2011-11-17 14:46

      I agree, he should be punished, but I do believe it is a bit harsh. Heres the reason why I think so. Taxis who kill on the roads, music artists who kill children get off with a lighter fine. This guy, all be it dangerous, DID NOT KILL anyone, but he got a fine that is way beyond what the murderers got

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 09:28

      @charlesaduplessis . Bikers aren't save on the roads with all the erratic drivers and taxi's. There only defense is to keep away from them , usually at speed. Damn the man .

  • Fred - 2011-11-16 15:27

    It is about time these zombies were locked away as well. Every Sunday morning they go down Hendrik Potgieter towards Krugerdorp, exhausts screaming, at ridiculous speeds. Please, please arrest them and lock them away.

      Gareth - 2011-11-16 15:41

      Fred you old Fart !!!!!!

      BenBezuidenhout - 2011-11-16 15:51

      Fred, obviously you don't have a life or are to scared that your wifey might put you under house arrest? Let them be, if they want to go fast and it is safe I say DO IT!!!!!!!!!

      Gareth - 2011-11-16 16:02

      Fred I suggest you stay at home on Sundays...

      Roscoe - 2011-11-16 16:12

      hahahaha get a bike if you can't beat them join them or get earpugs problem solved heheheh and you right they should arrest him for going to slow ;)

      JustMe - 2011-11-16 16:15

      Hey Gareth...Pappa wag vir jou...

      Caryn - 2011-11-17 08:54

      they stuff around on the roads, they reckless but we must think bike and listen to the outcry when another biker dies on the road!

      thabo.tebele - 2011-11-17 17:50

      I agree with Fred,I drive past that area on sundays,most of them are inconsiderate and they they drive at high speeds without even thinking about other road users.I say arrest them all,you cannot put a price tag on the life of a person

      JLWilson - 2011-12-26 11:26

      Fred, I agree - Sundays are spent listening to sirens going up and down Hendrik Potgieter. It's quite sickening to see how many people are injured/killed on this road especially on a Sunday. The speed limit is only 90kms and not 120, so 160 kms is way over the sentence and you should be driven straight into the back of a police van! Your views will change when you are on the receiving end of the call that says "I'm sorry, there was nothing we could do"

  • jay035 - 2011-11-16 15:28

    I have a dugatti and I can "safely" say that its not easy and not enjoyable at all to ride such a beast below 160km, feel sorry for my fellow rider,we slaves of the adrenaline.riders forever!!!salute!!!!

      Silvana - 2011-11-16 15:43

      Is that a Ducati with a Bugatti body or Bugatti with a Ducati engine? Sounds similar to a Kawazuki.

      BenBezuidenhout - 2011-11-16 15:52

      Yay Jay, I did 250+ on that road a few times and let me tell you, it was awsome! Freedom starts at 200+!!!!

      DvdM - 2011-11-16 19:14

      If you cannot spell it, rather do not attempt to ride it, not even with training wheels. - 2011-11-17 11:14

      Does freedom also start when you have an accident or knock somebody down doing 200+km per hour???? I am sure there are other ways to get your adrenalin rush, without putting other people's lives at risk.

      jjlambrechts - 2011-11-18 15:20

      don't think you own a Ducati pal

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 09:34

      Agree with the bikers comments. Super bikes only come alive in third gear and on my R6 that between 140 and 190 km/h ... For all you other old farts or ladies , you can't knock it till you've tried it. How many people do bikers kill , besides themselves , compared to other stupid road users ? Once you look at the stats you'll realize its not that many , so really what's the problem with speed on a bike ! Damn the man.

      Allen - 2011-12-26 06:35

      If you owned a Ducati, you'd know how to spell it!

  • vlarismam - 2011-11-16 15:34

    And killers/abusers of children and rhino get what?

  • Alva - 2011-11-16 15:35


      jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 09:35

      @velastardust. Moron.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-16 15:36

    I'm sorry, but that sentence is too light. 206km/h? Revoke his licence for life and let him serve time.

      nigel.mercuur - 2011-11-16 16:06

      clearly you are not a biker!!

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 09:39

      @Silvana. If the biker did hit anything chances are he'd be the only one injured or killed. Compare that to a car crash at 120km/h ! Bikers aren't the problem if there are more crashes , more bikers die , simple , but when cars crash more people are injured not just the driver. A simple biker adage. I make a mistake I die, You make a mistake I die. So what's the problem ! Old much.

  • Mlungisi - 2011-11-16 15:38

    There you go fella. Hard luck

  • Trevor - 2011-11-16 15:39

    206, so take it he just changed to 2nd cause 1st is good for +-170....what a time do it right...300....ah and by the way to all the whiners out there complaining and will bitch at my comment...speeding is speeding and I BET every single one of you speed every single week...forget the speed...speeding is SPEEDING!

      New-Generation - 2011-11-16 15:49

      Life begins @ 300 !!!! Buy a Suzuki !

      Bob - 2011-11-16 15:56

      Trevor, as an ex biker myself I understand the pure adrenalin rush that one gets on a quick bike, however your statement is wrong "forget the speed...speeding is speeding, hardly mate, 10ks over the limit is hardly serious, 80 or 100 ks over the limit is a tad more serious wouldn't you say, I would say most car drivers are not even safe at the speed limit, infact half the cars on the road are not safe at the speed limit, most bikes are kept in tiptop condition and most bikers know how to handle their machine at speed, guess you can't have one law for one and not the other though.

      Matthew - 2011-11-16 16:08

      Learn the hard way like I did... my Ninja now has a velcro attached removable number plate.

      PyroSA - 2011-11-16 16:21

      Speeding is definitely not speeding. There's also a massive difference between a quick sprint up to 200 and maintaining the speed for an extended period in traffic. I'm also guilty of speeding on a bike, but how much and when is key.

      Roscoe - 2011-11-16 16:23

      nice 1 Trevor! dont know you but JackD is on me heheh

      Neeus - 2011-11-17 05:37

      Think bike... just think of the red mist that is created when a biker slams into the back of a truck or armored van (as has happened on the western bypass) at 200+... Then tell us how insensitive we are on the comments that are made. Think of the paramedic having to walk along the highway picking up unwanted spares (body parts and not from the bike). You comment like this and then have campaigns to get other road users to consider you. They shouldn't even bother, just leave you to the grease spot on tarmac that you are destined to become!

      Merven - 2011-11-17 11:38

      'forget the speed...speeding is SPEEDING!' What an uninformed statement. With every 10km/h your stopping distance is severely affected, so no, speeding is not speeding.

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 09:48

      @Merven. Please look at your links..... they're for cars not bikes. From 240 to 140 I don't even bother using brakes , the gears and wind resistance slow me down fast enough to get out of any trouble, and then applying the front brakes I can slow down faster than most cars can dream off. The key is weight , cars excess of a ton or two , while my R6 is just 200 kg's. Find something relevant to the story or just don't bother to comment. Damn the man

  • Zion - 2011-11-16 15:55

    I have seen these mad punks running their superbikes in residential areas where their speed is so high the engine cuts out and in some cases valve bounce can be heard too. But no, they are hero's unto themselves only. When they die ripped to bits then I will sleep easily at night.

      PyroSA - 2011-11-16 16:25

      That sounds more like hooligans who can't ride properly.

  • Willie - 2011-11-16 15:57

    Ely is nie meer oppdad na sy vriende nie...

  • jannie.debeer - 2011-11-16 15:57

    Who said accountants were boring? Only 206..must have slown down for the trap, luckily not for a child in the road. Too harsh maybe, but in some other countries they would have confiscated the bike and crushed it, over and above the fine and losing his licence.

  • Colin - 2011-11-16 16:00

    Zondwa Mandela..."He was arrested after being caught driving 158km/h in a 60km/h zone in May. Magistrate Hombakazi Thwele however withdrew the charge pending the outcome of a diversion programme Mandela had agreed to take part in."....please someone explain the difference, except that the bike was on a highway and the car surely in a built-up urban area (60km/h zone)

      godesha - 2011-11-17 06:27

      Colin, I so agree with you. Unfortunately some are above the law and untouchable.

      Michael - 2011-11-17 16:28

      66km+ on a high compared to 98+ in a 60 zone - it pays to have the name Mandela! Because they (the ANCircus and all their cronnies) are above the law. Or is IT selective judgements? George Orwell anyone?

  • Andre - 2011-11-16 16:03

    Stupid,, stupid amount of money should have used a blue light!!! Then again our gov. needs to legalise the theft, oh and dont forget u need to be late for ur appointment!!

  • ernest.le.roux - 2011-11-16 16:09

    think bike!

      Phillip - 2011-11-16 16:15

      As they say here in Scotland...... Think Once Think Twice Think Bike

  • Karl - 2011-11-16 16:09

    Speeding Gauteng biker fined R6 000 2011-08-24 22:21 Johannesburg - A Telkom employee has been fined R6 000 by the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court for speeding at 235km/h on his bike, Gauteng traffic police said on Wednesday. Samjeer Misra, 31, got a R12 000 fine, of which R6 000 was suspended for three years MMmmmmmmmm SPOT the diff....!

      mad.padda - 2011-11-16 16:55

      2008 and 2012. New legislation was gazetted November 2011 regarding speeds of 40km/h and higher over the speed limit. Minimum Sentence excluding monetary penalty is suspension of licence for 3 months.

  • Francois - 2011-11-16 16:11

    Have a look at the related links and you will see this report dated 2/11/11. Why is there such a difference in the fines? Johannesburg - Three people caught speeding were fined a total of R58 000 by the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said. The trio were travelling at 217km/h, 207km/h and 195km/h in a 120km/h zone, said spokesperson Ashref Ismail. The drivers were fined R25 000, R18 000 and R15 000 respectively, he said. - SAPA

  • adrian.tamblynwatts - 2011-11-16 16:14

    I ride a bike and have done so for many years. If you ride at that speed you deserve what you get. Go to a track day my friend and get the speed demons out. There are roads where you can give it a bit of 'wellie' but these are way out in the sticks where the only person you will injure or kill is yourself. As for the self-righteous git who is wetting his panty over 'Think Bike' stickers, he is precisely the clown the stickers are aimed at.

  • gcshrimpton - 2011-11-16 16:21

    I feel the pain. If only I was in a position to help with your fine. Would not hesitate my fellow Biker.

  • Thozi - 2011-11-16 16:42

    To all the guys who are calling each other names etc. Do you enjoy quarreling all the time? The report was just about speed and nothing else. But now there's race, blacks, whites and wait for it, someone even suggested "browns". What really makes you tick South African?

      Amanda - 2011-11-16 16:54

      I agree 100% with you Thozi...

      Michael - 2011-11-17 16:32

      The thing is that if you look up (Colin 16.00 on the 16th) you will notice where a certain Mandela was caught doing 98km above the speed limit of 60 - he got a slap on the wrist - that is what is tearing SA apart - some jerks are above the law because of their connections and also possibly their skin colour! What do you say to that???

      Thozi - 2011-11-17 16:52

      @ Michael: Oh yes, I read about that. Well, I don't like it either. Unfairness is unfairness, irrespective of what colour it appears in. But may be I would point it out without resorting to insults and name calling. Somehow I believe a particular kind of approach, delivers a particular reaction. I may be wrong...

  • mad.padda - 2011-11-16 16:46

    Reckless and or negligent driving - I hope he pleaded to a lesser charge. If he was found guilty of this, he then has a criminal record.

  • Amanda - 2011-11-16 16:49

    We are always hearing and seeing "Think Bike" maybe the speedsters - motstly without number plates should sart hearing and seeing "Think of others on the road"...

      Heiku - 2011-11-17 14:32

      I printed a "Think Car" sticker for my car. Just to piss off the bikers. I think its working.

      Andre - 2011-12-13 10:29

      Obviously neither of you have ever been in the saddle of a bike before - Four wheels move the body but two wheels move the soul. We get pushed off the road, your stompies thrown out the windows, the wiper water hits us, we breathe your exhaust fumes and risk our lives all just so we can cause less congestion on the roads for you wastefull people driving a 4 seater SUV to work so you dont get a raindrop in your hair, save money so we have more money for our families and save time to work and back so we can spend more time with our loved ones. My number plate is no ones business. You got three mirrors and a head mounted on a neck that can turn - use them.

  • Roy - 2011-11-16 17:08

    Is that all he got? They should have confiscated his motorbike also. He is an accountant and can afford to pay the the R22000,00

  • Tony - 2011-11-16 17:09

    He was probably only in 4th gear. Very lucky I think.

  • Russell - 2011-11-16 17:09

    What about Malema??

      Merven - 2011-11-17 11:41

      I don't think Malema can stay on a bike.

      darktruth - 2011-11-17 13:43

      how does this relate to Malema?

      loueldon.beyersbergen - 2011-11-18 08:05

      He sees Malema every time he look in the mirror.

  • Leonard - 2011-11-16 17:26

    Bloody good news - these arrogant thugs think they own the road. He should have been locked up for at least two years.

      Lauren - 2011-11-17 08:04

      Arrogant thugs? I am a female superbike rider and very far from arrogant!

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2011-11-17 08:09

      Note that Lauren only disputed the arrogance and not the "thug".

      Bob - 2011-11-17 09:41

      Typical comment from an arrogant car driver, most of whom don't even have a clue what the right hand lane is for, guess most of you guys are now googling to find out what the right hand lane is for.

      Merven - 2011-11-17 11:43

      @Bob, definitely not for bikers to speed in. Maybe you must google what the right hand lane is therefore.

  • Jaco - 2011-11-16 19:17

    Lets be honest travelling 207km/h is not that fast on a bike, they can get over 300km/h. But yes, he got fined and it is justified!

      Heinrich - 2011-11-17 18:36

      This is exactly the problem, Jaco. How do you justify it?

  • pretoriawebdesigner - 2011-11-16 20:01

    The rider is a fool. It's a public road. I am a biker and I think the punishment was not sufficient, Impounding his bike and suspending his licence would be a good start. SOMEONE SHOULD APPEAL THE SENTENCE IT'S NOT SUFFICIENT. This bloke will end up killing someone because of his folly.

      Merven - 2011-11-17 11:45

      Agree, I also ride a bike, but there is 'riding a bike' and 'responsible riding a bike'. If you don't like your life, jump off a bridge, don't put other people's lives at risk.

  • Noreen - 2011-11-16 21:07

    Stick to the track guys, much safer, no potholes, no taxi's, better corners and no oinkers to fine you for going too fast.

  • Nicholas - 2011-11-16 22:48

    Oh dear, he forgot to take off his number plate!

      ian.webmagic - 2011-12-25 22:17

      That don't work either. Just got a 2K fine for not having a numberplate on my bike.

  • Peter.James.Merrington - 2011-11-16 23:05

    Racing is for the racetrack. I have ridden motorcycles for 20 years and I have seen good friends wiped out to nothing in seconds, and innocent people may also be killed or maimed. Of course it's easy and fun to take your bike up towards the limit but not on public roads. Use the racetrack! At least everyone is going in the same direction, and speed is rewarded.

      Merven - 2011-11-17 11:50

      A friend of mine lost his left leg on the Brits highway(he was doing 180km/h when a taxi changed lanes without indicating). Now today he is all bitter and depressed, but really, can he blame anybody but himself for speeding? At 120 his reflex time would've been must longer to avoid the taxi.

  • Mart - 2011-11-17 07:53

    Time and Crime are inextricably linked....share the news !!

  • Jacqueline - 2011-11-17 08:40

    What about the taxi drivers who just do what ever they want on the road, killing children, causing so much death on the road, do they get fined R44 000, no why???? This is screwed up

  • clive.jeepman - 2011-11-17 08:51

    and Mandela's grandson who was speeding at 159kph in a 60kms zone just got off with a slap on the wrist. 99kph more than the speed limit in a built up area ! This guy was exceeding the limit by 86kph on the highway and he gets fined R44,000. Where is the consistency ? Nice Hey ! Colour or Connections, which is it?

      yolie.Landa - 2011-11-17 15:44

      I want to agree with you on this one. They(the Mandelas) might be the same colour as me but consistency is important

      mfundo.m.mazwi - 2011-11-18 09:19

      does it have to be about colour or connections boet, cant it just be inconsistancy and that alone....tired of this race issue!!!!

  • Ruff - 2011-11-17 08:57

    haha ! ... yes yes !! .. wish they could fine these ar@e h@les for the noise they make as well !

  • loueldon.beyersbergen - 2011-11-17 10:32

    If anyone buys me a vehicle I will listen to what they have to say, if not go and preach to someone else. Don't you just hate it when someone tells you what to do with your own property? And another thought, why is he fined for driving on a road he pays to drive on? Everyone having a problem with speed please consider buying a Hyundia Atoz or a standard 50cc. Best will be to start walking.

      Merven - 2011-11-17 11:53

      Until you hit the Atos from behind, flying through the air wishing your mommy breast fed you instead of giving the bottle, leaving a more clever booitjie with more common sense.

  • Belaglik - 2011-11-17 11:02

    206km/h is really nothing on a superbike. AS long as the road is clear with nobody else for a considerable distance it should be fine

      Raymond - 2011-11-18 08:43

      lol luckly it wasn't me , last sunday was going 256km/h on my kawasaki, on an empty road, like we all take our precautions and do it safely though. be responsible about it , dont drink and do those speed and endanger others...

  • ana.curcic - 2011-11-17 11:28

    wander how much the "blue lights BMW" will pay ??????

  • Cecile - 2011-11-17 11:37

    Wouldn't it be amazing if fines like these could see the money going to something appropriate to the offence committed, eg. to an orthopaedic ward's upkeep or improvement, instead of to the traffic officer's Christmas Ball ...

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-13 10:53

      The best comment I've read today. I'd feel better paying speed fines , knowing its been used properly. Damn the man.

  • joanne.stroebel - 2011-11-17 11:48

    It amazes me how people are quick to shout about how the fine is too much and it was probably safe??? What does it cost us as taxpayers everytime someone causes a serious accident. I believe that if you cause an accident by negligence or drunk driving you should be made to pay for the emergency service deployed. Perhaps that would be a proper deterant

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  • Christelle - 2011-11-17 12:20

    And his license? And yes,"Go", I would not like him to do mine either. I dont think anybody would over the next coouple of months.

  • Cina - 2011-11-17 12:26

    Can't he also get off like that government guy that only had to do what was it called again, now for the life of me I can't think what it is. This is not right we as tax payers have to pay exorbitant fines and the rest gets of with a slap on the wrist and don't do it again.

      Cina - 2011-11-17 12:37

      Thanks Colin this is what I was talking about - Zondwa Mandela..."He was arrested after being caught driving 158km/h in a 60km/h zone in May. Magistrate Hombakazi Thwele however withdrew the charge pending the outcome of a diversion programme Mandela had agreed to take part in."....please someone explain the difference, except that the bike was on a highway and the car surely in a built-up urban area (60km/h zone)

  • Craig - 2011-11-18 14:27

    Have been riding bikes for about 35 years now, it is not safe to ride at the speed of normal traffic, you will get taken out, in order to be safe you have to travel at least 20% faster then curret traffic, I must admit all of us squirt it sometimes, if you get caught you deserve it, you should have had your eyes open and been fully aware of your surroundings, if not, don't even get on a bike. .