Cape Town skater to be charged

2013-02-07 11:17

Cape Town - A Cape Town skateboarder filmed hurtling down a steep main road will be prosecuted for reckless and negligent road behaviour, it was reported on Thursday.

Decio Lourenco, 24, was recently filmed skating down the busy Kloof Nek road in Tamboerskloof, setting off the 60km/h camera with a recorded speed of 100km/h.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith told the Cape Times Lourenco would not be given the option of a fine.

"The case will be opened with the police and we will ask the director of public prosecutions to prosecute."

By Wednesday, a video of the skateboarding act, titled "Spoofing the Cam-Kloof Nek" had been viewed more than 160 000 times on video sharing site Youtube.

Smith said "there is no way" the city would be unbanning skating on public roads.

The bylaw stipulates that skating is only allowed on public roads if the road has specifically been designated for that purpose.

Marco Morgan of the National Skaters Collective told the newspaper there were no facilities for longboarders.

"It is one of the fastest growing sports. If we could get some agreement with the city for road closures at certain times then we wouldn't have any interference with traffic."

  • eugene.duplessis.7 - 2013-02-07 11:27

    Dont you have better things to do with your time? Like solve / prevent actual crimes...

      johancc.dutoit - 2013-02-07 11:35

      You would have been singing a different tune if he caused a car accident that killed someone.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 11:40

      But he didn't! I've seen bikes go down Kloof nek just as fast!

      Scooter - 2013-02-07 11:41

      wait until a driver who is abiding by all rules of the road hits and kills a skateboarder, and is then charged for culpable homicide! ...This IS preventing a crime!

      johancc.dutoit - 2013-02-07 11:45

      What are you saying Gavin? That we should prosecute drunken drivers only after they killed someone?

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 11:59

      @ Johancc. I agree with you fully. @ Gavin. you are not well ! Breaking the law is breaking the law and it could have caused injury or death to innocent people, maybe even you. The law applies equally , whether you are a skater or a taxi driver. It is there to protect people like you and me ! @ Eugene. Any breach of the law needs to be tackled. We need a zero tolerance approach , if we are going to make the roads safe. Think before you post.... it helps !

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2013-02-07 12:00

      @Scooter & johancc - quite right. As for 'eugene' - yes, of course there are bigger fish to fry BUT, let this idiot get away with this and it's the thin end of a wedge. There is more than enough lawlessness and contempt for the law in SA as it is. Lock this fool up though, regrettably, there is no quick fix for stupidity!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 12:01

      Who was drunk Johan? This kid has balls of steel. stop being such a scrooge!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 12:05

      You old guys need to take your meds!..this kid was epic!

      chrisX - 2013-02-07 12:14

      This is a victimless crime, worst case scenario is he would've lost control and ploughed into a car or lamppost killing HIMSELF, no different from skydiving or bungee jumping. Leave him alone, if he wants to kill himself that's his problem noone elses.. Don't we have murderers, robbers and rapists to worry about?

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 12:30

      @ Gavin, you can't argue with a retard ! You don't have the tiniest understanding of the process. I suppose that goes with immaturity and as they say in the classics..... youth is wasted on the young !

      johancc.dutoit - 2013-02-07 12:34

      Gavin, you are not very bright today. It is an analogy. No, he was not driving drunk, but what he did was equally reckless and show disrespect for the lives of others. Chris, killing himself is not the worst that can happen, unfortunately. For example, he can fall and skid into oncoming traffic causing someone to swerve and take out a few kids by the side of the road.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 12:43

      You boring old gits...anything can happen at anytime to anyone. Live a little. If I was to live like you old boys I'd be to scarred to leave my house! You guys are a bundle of joy!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2013-02-07 12:47

      Any crime is a crime. I support zero tolerance on crime.

      jean.tredoux.31 - 2013-02-07 12:50

      Well Gavin in that case go play in traffic and live a little! Remember next time when that cyclist drives like prick or that pedestrian runs in front of your car or that taxi driver turns into the lane where you were driving that they all had balls of steel.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 12:54

      Oh Jean what a silly comment! you should hook up with Johan & Adrian I here there knitting club is all the rage.

      chrisX - 2013-02-07 12:59

      @ Deon: Are you aware that until a week ago it was illegal for a women to wear pants in Paris? Google it if you don't believe me. "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." Thomas Jefferson

      johancc.dutoit - 2013-02-07 12:59

      Yes Gavin, and sometimes things do go wrong. Look where Jub Jub is now. There are many ways to have fun and do cool stuff without risking the lives of others. I am pretty sure that you can do this stunt legally and safely by getting a filming permit from the city. They will even send out cops to close the road for you.

      grantcallaway - 2013-02-07 13:02

      I agree that a crime is a crime... but any car or motorbike caught doing 100 in a 60 zone will most likely be fined - NOT prosecuted. Speeding in a car has more chance of killing somebody innocent than speeding on a skateboard. The skateboarder puts his OWN life at risk more than anybody why the harsher treatment to him than to motorists? Also, I'd love to know if a cyclist has ever been charged for speeding?

      Mbulelo_Diba - 2013-02-07 13:12

      What is wrong with you guys? Why are so many of you tolerant towards lawbreakers? Don't give me excuses that the ANC do it every day, we all know that and should NEVER accept it. The skater is putting himself and other people's lives at risk, AND breaking laws that was put in place to prevent it. Technically it is more of a threat to other citizens than tax evasion. He should be prosecuted to stop this from becoming the norm. End of story.

      El.Scorchio - 2013-02-07 13:15

      No, no they don't. Solving actual crimes would involve doing some actual police work, whereas prosecuting this guy only requires watching videos on Youtube, which is probably all they do anyway...

      El.Scorchio - 2013-02-07 13:19

      (Sorry, that was in reply to Eugene's original post. I didn't see all the arguing in between...)

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 13:23

      @ Gavin, instead of insulting people, put forward a coherent argument for your thoughts and ideas. Right now you are just showing off you immaturity and ignorance. In public places there has to be laws and guidelines , so that everyone is safe and can enjoy them equally, not just the selfish few.

      jean.tredoux.31 - 2013-02-07 13:35

      Gavin my comments may be silly but so is your logic! Must we be selective of the dangers on the road now but lets turn a blind eye on this one until the next dude comes and thinks he can do something more insane!

      brendon.greeff - 2013-02-07 13:39

      I was knocked off my motorbike by a kid skating while I was making a left turn that same road. Neither of us was injured but he had the nerve to then tell me that I was in the wrong because he hadn't seen me indicate. Needless to say he was embarrassed when I pointed at the bike on the ground and the indicator was still flicking away.

      ed.gutsche - 2013-02-07 13:40

      does patricia and helen the godzille zille not have anything better to do? really now ladies, how many foreigners saw this footage of CT. it was not negative. true, it should not be condoned, but it does not mean that they must bully someone. focus on taxis and the animals in the road ALL AROUND THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. helen and patrica delicia suck.

      jaymi.coetsee - 2013-02-07 13:49

      There are so many motor cyclists and scooters that behave far more carelessly, weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds, but you want to make a huge deal about a guy on a skate board, that I can tell you put far more thought into his actions than any of the people on 2 wheels do. It takes quite a bit of skill to skate on a long board, I think well done on some epic skill should be given.

      Opinion1113 - 2013-02-07 13:57

      Fine him and be done with, don't make such a huge deal about something so small.

      brendon.greeff - 2013-02-07 14:15

      @ed.gutsche: Patricia de Lille and Helen Zille have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people in the Western Cape. If they had the adequate funding then they would have already tackled the issues which you have so poignantly raised. It's a South African reality. Clearly you have a jaundiced and insolent view of matters pertaining to the organisation and operation of this city. If you're not happy then do something about it instead of trolling around online.

      chrisX - 2013-02-07 14:39

      @Brendon.Greef. If Helen Zille had her way anybody that doesn't fit into her narrow definition of "good citizen" would be shipped off to a Gulag in the kalahari. I vote for them for the simple reason that we don't presently have a libertarian party in SA with any chance at a seat in parliament. Helen & co want a police state... They need to wake up, individual freedom is the most important human right! I really don't understand why skateboarding is still illegal, we used to scribble "Skateboarding is not a crime" on any available surface when I was a teenager and that was the early 90's! Can we get with times please!

      travis.vermaak - 2013-02-07 15:04

      Watched the video. Slap the kid with a large fine. This is never jail worthy!!!

      brendon.greeff - 2013-02-07 15:19

      "Cape Town has long had a history of discriminating against alternative sports, most notably a ban on paragliding over Cape Town International Airport and a moratorium on shark cage diving and chumming at popular swimming beaches. "

      colleen.foyn - 2013-02-07 15:29

      The guy broke the law, fine, slap him with a big fine, but to want to send him to jail for it is really being petty.

      colleen.foyn - 2013-02-07 15:45

      @Adrien, I find it fascinating that you say to @Gavin, 'instead of insulting people, put forward a coherent argument for your thoughts and ideas. Right now you are just showing off you immaturity and ignorance.' when just a few comments before, I see you being insulting - '@Gavin, you can't argue with a retard ! You don't have the tiniest understanding of the process. I suppose that goes with immaturity and as they say in the classics.' - hypocritical much?

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-02-07 15:46

      Adrien, pot kettle scenario. Don't say 'instead of insulting people, put forward a coherent argument for your thoughts and ideas' when in your previous comment you called Gavin a retard. Don't try be all high and mighty. The way I see it we're at risk and we put others at risk every single day of our lives. Ok, perhaps this wasn't exactly safe but he's not even getting the option of a fine!! It's massively overboard. If you can tell me you've never exceeded the speed limit then I'd say you have a leg to stand on, but you're arguing as if he has done something more than speeding??

      maree.cassie - 2013-02-07 16:00

      This guy could be true athlete. Rather give him a sponsor!!!!

      travis.vermaak - 2013-02-07 17:30

      I say Red Bull should sponsor him and create an event in his name!!

  • charlesglass1895 - 2013-02-07 11:27

    "The bylaw stipulates that skating is only allowed on public roads if the road has specifically been designated for that purpose..." So why isn't the same bylaw applied for cyclists? They often think they own the road, obeying road rules only when and if it suits them. Fair is fair right?

      ChrisG29 - 2013-02-07 11:57

      Charge this man with being awesome.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-02-07 12:05

      I agree Chris, I wish they would stop moaning!!!

      citizen.kane.35 - 2013-02-07 12:18

      @Chris youre right EPIC dude!!!!!

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2013-02-07 12:22

      Wonder if there is a statistic to show how many deaths are caused by skaters, cyclists etc vs motorists. Irresponsible as this stunt was, cyclists on the other hand actually does have the same rights on the road as motorists. Which means next time someone rides in front of you, it is allowed, if they are on the shoulder, he is being courteous to you. Be thankful

      charlesglass1895 - 2013-02-07 13:14

      @Johan: Can you go 60km or 80km per hour uphill on your bicycle if you are riding in front of me while im driving my car? I didn't think so... because last time I checked cyclists don't have engines... So why is it that you belong on the roads with as many rights as motorists again?

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2013-02-07 13:35

      how steep is that hill?

      ed.gutsche - 2013-02-07 13:43

      hey retardon charles...i dont know of any bicycles or skateboards that can go fast uphill...but im betting on bikes winning that race you twit. as for downhill...maybe you should race down kloofnek and see who wins and who is more awesome...i bet on the skateboard on that one:)

      brendon.greeff - 2013-02-07 13:43

      This article isn't about cyclists. There have been countless articles devoted to cyclists both online and in print media. Don't deflect from the argument that it is illegal for skaters to use that road.

      Opinion1113 - 2013-02-07 14:08

      I am sure you are all a bunch of up standing citizens that have never broken the rules.

      charlesglass1895 - 2013-02-07 14:12

      @ED if anyone is an idiot here it is you TWIT. I never said there was a race between bicycle and skateboard... I was implying that neither can constantly attain the speed limit of at least 60km/h on our roads and therefore if skateboards are illegal then bicycles should be as well. Learn how to read before you comment little boy.

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2013-02-07 14:42

      Since when does our roads have a minimum speed?

      charlesglass1895 - 2013-02-07 15:10

      @Johan: You must obviously live in Cape Town... Try going 5 or 10km an hour in an 80km an hour zone anywhere else in the country and see the responses you get from motorists around u... You think you come across so witty with your little answers but in actual fact it just reveals your ignorance...

      charlesglass1895 - 2013-02-07 15:51

      So, because YOU were wrong and couldn't read properly Ed, I have daddy issues? wow... Strong finish dude... I'm sure you were top of debating wherever you were home-schooled. Why don't you swallow as many prozacs as you can and take your little bicycle for a ride around in traffic. Thanks.

  • lungelo.yili - 2013-02-07 11:28

    this is so unnecessary. make him do some community service and save state money and resource to prosecute rapers and tik dealers

      bryan.culross - 2013-02-07 12:00

      The City cannot take the law into their own hands! They can only lay a charge (you get it) and then its up to the courts to decide on an appropriate sentence (which may be comunity service, warning, etc)

      dracolusus - 2013-02-07 17:13

      Yeah, I also believe they should prosecute the rappers! Music sucks...

  • Ben - 2013-02-07 11:30


      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2013-02-07 12:44

      I must say, not debating the merit of this skateboarder's actions, this new sheriff, JP Smith is very outspoken on issues like these and taking your cell phone, but on gang violence and drug dealing he is as quiet as a mouse with slippers! Ou Grootbek!!

  • gerhard.loots - 2013-02-07 11:30

    Surely there must be bigger fish to fry?

  • sakhi.TheNextKent.dlala - 2013-02-07 11:31

    Cape Town City By-Laws are slowing becoming like those of some Amercan states......insane.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2013-02-07 12:56

      That is probably why less people die on the roads in the USA. Australia also have very strict laws, it works.

      dracolusus - 2013-02-07 17:14

      Not quiet, its cause there is ZERO tolerance to drinking and driving, unlike here. Oh and less taxi that couldn't be arsed about ANY rules.

  • peet.luckhoff - 2013-02-07 11:32

    Jeez, rather spend your time looking for the murderers and rapists of the people we read about each day.

  • Rohin - 2013-02-07 11:37

    fair is fair. Imagine if you're a car and you see a skateboarder come hurtling towards you. I rather they put a stop to this for his safety and for every other road user. you do the crime, you do the time. we can't pick and choose who and which laws to abide by.

      jensuffhaus - 2013-02-07 16:55

      @Robin. I agree - "we can't pick and choose who and which laws to abide by." ... However it seems the people entrusted to enforce those laws are more and more picking and choosing who to enforce the law on to. Yesterday and today I witnessed a police vehicle make its way around a Taxi in Strand street blocking a full lane and the police did nothing to ease the congestion and help citizens get to work faster. So there is a double standard, and that is my problem with this story. Making a big deal out of a scarce incident but not doing anything about the major problems that thousands are complaining about for ages.

      travis.vermaak - 2013-02-07 17:22

      Your kid, different tune...I bet!!!

  • james.beukes.75 - 2013-02-07 11:39

    What BullSh@$%#^!!!! Get a life and go catch some criminals

  • john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-07 11:41

    Send me the bill, I will pay it. That was EPIC!!!

  • roscoe.louw - 2013-02-07 11:42

    All criminals have to start somewhere, that one sweet he took as a 5yr old and got away and at 18yr old he robbing the same store with a gun. Jumping a red robot while sober and then jumping a red robot and knocking a car or person crossing killing someone. We need to clamp down on minor crimes to prevent them escalating into crimes that we cannot control and the lack of respect of the law is a huge problem in South Africa. Every day we complain about how corrupt government officials are but we do not look at ourselves and say hey, I am not setting an example by respecting the law and creating a mentality with the younger generation. For this guy, lock him up as he is a danger to other road users and the public. Imagine a child being knocked over by a skater doing 100KM\h with no brakes or a car swerving and rolling kill the occupants to avoid him. Then we also need to make allowances for skaters with skater parks and maybe the skaters can organise themselves like the Argus cycle tour.

      russell.haines.3 - 2013-02-07 12:34

      Agreed Roscoe. He broke the law and somehow we end up debating whether or not that's justifiable because there are worse crimes to worry about. It's a sad situation in RSA that violent crime is so bad that we consider minor infringements excusable.

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 12:38

      You have hit the nail on the head..... well said ! We all choose to ignore the wrongdoings when it suits us but when it doesn't , it is like the sky is falling in. It is like saying OJ Simpson should be free because he was a great sportsman , but we must lock the little homeless guy up for stealing your wallet ! I wish people would think before they comment !

      alwynb - 2013-02-07 12:51

      what cr*p you sprout. Adventure junkies are now labelled as criminals in the making only because by-laws are out of whack with reality! Rather take it as an idea to look at closing that road once a week at 23H00 for 3 hours so the Skaters can play.

      Mbulelo_Diba - 2013-02-07 13:20

      Thank you! some people that actually agree that breaking the law stays a crime no matter how "cool" the offence is. Since it is a first offence and not done with malicious intent, I don't think he needs to be locked up strait away. It is for the judges to choose but rather confiscation of his longboard and 50 hours of helping out paramedics with road accident clean-ups to teach him the consequence of irresponsible actions

      Mbulelo_Diba - 2013-02-07 13:23

      meant "confiscate"

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 14:00

      @alwynb Sure close the road when there is no traffic, under proper supervision.... good idea. But outside of that, the law is the law, and if you do the crime then don't cry, do the time. Adrenalin junkies are a small minority and need to fit in with the rest of civilisation. If they do things that could endanger other people , then they are just selfish idiots !

      colleen.foyn - 2013-02-07 15:40

      Roscoe, I don't think that the issue here is that people want him let off. In my opinion he should be punished, give him a fine for wrong doing, or better yet, make him do community service for 6 months, where he can really be useful and pay his debt to society. Sending him to prison, however, is not the answer. When he comes out, if he has not contracted AIDS from being raped in prison, he will be unemployable and then let's see how long he lasts without becoming a criminal.

      andrew.diana.94 - 2013-02-07 16:20

      Im not gonna lie,but all you old people are so lame its ridiculous!You really need to get out. This guy has serious skill and he didnt endanger anyones life.

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-08 08:44

      Complete garbage. This guy isn't a criminal - he is pushing the boundaries of human achievement. You clowns sound like the type to light the fire under galelio or maybe drive the nail through the tongue of a heretic. What on earth have you EVER done to push the envelop of human progress?

  • Donkervlie - 2013-02-07 11:43

    The law must be hard on these guys they are trying to snub the law and prove the are above the law. Why should the rest of society be bullied by the irresponsible. This is serious stuff.

      werner.nel.712 - 2013-02-07 12:06

      Jip just like the Taxis who are getting away with murder!

  • lisa.badrick.7 - 2013-02-07 11:48

    Breaking news...... police catch skateboarder speeding .... there is something wrong with this picture......

  • riaz.hathey - 2013-02-07 11:49

    Surely if that is the law, then why are taxis allowed to climb curbs and is there no law against the high music volumes in taxis. Damaging our ears. Why is this overlooked. I am sure the by laws also state that when walking your dog you should carry a poop scoop. Is it not reckless to have trolleys on the road carrying huge amounts of scrap causing traffic hazards. Are trolleys licensed to be on roads? Really now!!!

      testoffle.testmaster - 2013-02-07 12:09

      I cant agree with your more. people pushing carts in the middle of the road in peak hour traffic. People making a big deal about this guy. I wonder how peoples reactions would have been different if he were riding a bicycle instead of a skateboard. I fear there may be some unfair connotations to skateboarding.

      Donkervlie - 2013-02-07 12:14

      Come on Riaz people are getting tired of these sayings or excuses "if the taxis can do it then I can do it" next you will be doing "the devil made me do it". Or the old juvenile saying "but everybody does it".

  • pmarqua - 2013-02-07 11:58

    Hey JP Smith.. get a life you chop

      dtangocci - 2013-02-07 15:44

      Agreed. He is such a w@nker. He is so obsessed with petty bylaws which end up being a bigger pain to society than solving any real problems.

  • Jean2301 - 2013-02-07 11:58

    wooo hooo !!! I want to do it, just wont put it on youtube, its not like you wear a number plate on your ass.

  • DropFrameFilms - 2013-02-07 11:58

    This guy has got no option for a fine but a police officer that rapes a woman an another one that films the act gets a R500 and a six month suspense sentence????? Wtf!!!!!!!!!! Have you all gone mad?????? Is this country just turning into a joke? No doubt the skateboarder should get a slap on the wrist, going down a main road at 100 km/h on a skateboard could cause a driver to crash and its a bit dangerous, but very fun none the less, a rape tends to be slightly more serious and the offenders should be chemically castrated to show all his friends what happens to you when you disrespect anothers human rights. Come on South Africa, wake up and stand up for yourself. It's not a case of black and white anymore it's a case of good and bad, those who want to live their lives in an unharmful way to others and those who want to harm others, let's all of us who don't want to cause harm to others stand up(black, white and blue) and make a change to this country. Let's not let criminals ruin what we've been trying to achieve for so long, even if the criminals sometimes are the police. Make a change for the better.

      Pagel - 2013-02-07 23:08

      First of all, while this is not within the law (and I do not condone it) this guy has got some serious skills and serious balls. If you doubt that, get on a skateboard and go downhill at that speed. Have to admire that. Once laid a case of fraud with the police - straight forward, documentary evidence supplied, address of person I laid the case against supplied. Call 4 times to get feedback on progress - they never even bothered to open the file or start an investigation. Only reason they want to do something about this is because it is public - and that is not the right motivation.

  • adrian.joubert.77 - 2013-02-07 12:00

    Twice in one week was I nearly rammed off the road by a taxi that skipped a red robot. BOTH times a metro police officer was present and did nothing to apprehend the culprit, not even after I confronted the officer. He merely shrugged his shoulders and smiled. Would this skateboarder be excused if he transported 13 passengers?

  • marc.ross.965 - 2013-02-07 12:00

    A bit of advise, if you break the law dont post it on the web. You may seam cool but its rather stupid.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-07 13:10

      Marc - advice, don't, seem, it's - where stupid is concerned you have no wriggle room.

  • warren-rodel - 2013-02-07 12:05

    Great vid!

  • D_MAN - 2013-02-07 12:11

    Like you have nothing else better to do than to prosecute a skate boarder. Get off your lazy ass and go get the real criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters. You would rather go for a soft target as it is easier work for you fat lazy mayors.

  • mpho.e.mogashui - 2013-02-07 12:11

    is there speed limit for skate boarding ???? and is there police hidding behind bushes waiting for unscrupulous skate boarders ....????

  • sue.viljoen.7 - 2013-02-07 12:13

    Address issues such as this in your backyard, they are more important

  • alexander.d.plessis - 2013-02-07 12:13

    wow that's hard-lined, possibly even bordering on petty and short-sighted... why not have a conversation with these skaters? as much as its irresponsible and illegal, this will just poke the beehive, skaters will see this as a cause ... meet with them, find ways to accommodate them, find solutions, don't just slam them ... after all, we're not a totalitarian state.

  • andy.t.mcdermott - 2013-02-07 12:16

    Give him a frikkin medal!!

  • chris.booise - 2013-02-07 12:17

    Ag please, go stop the rapes and murders!!!

  • simon.berrange - 2013-02-07 12:21

    1. Are we living in Bomont, West Virginia..? Whats next, no dancing in public..? 2. if there are only 50 people long stakeboarding and another 50 people start.. thats 100% growth... but a sport like soccer attracts 1million people and its not even 5% growth... So your point about it being "one of the fastest growing" is lame...

  • skmc01 - 2013-02-07 12:24

    The best part this is he will actually be prosecuted and recieve a suspended sentence and and and the meantime rape docettes, drunk driving docettes, murder docettes and and and will just magically disapear........what a bunch of tripe. Someone seriously needs to review their priorities!!!!

  • michael.taylorw - 2013-02-07 12:30

    Gleaming the cube dude

  • josua.villiers - 2013-02-07 12:31

    Seriously people? Decio is a talented young man who was out having fun. He won't ever cause an accident because he is TOO GOOD and comes from a downhill competitive background where he goes much faster on much bendier roads. Get over it and let the man enjoy himself. Did he hurt anyone? NO. Did he crash? NO. Did he go too fast on Kloof Road? YES- BUT so did you, and you, and you, and every other driver who has ever driven. JP Smith has had his fair share of speeding fines... Why doesnt he send himself to court??? LET THE MAN RIDE.

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 13:38

      That same road belongs to everyone, to use and enjoy in safety. Not just this selfish idiot. And never say never.... he would not be able to avoid some poor innocent and unsuspecting person stepping out in front of him. Joshua , you need to grow up and respect the rights of others, because in other instances, when you dont agree with what someone does, you will be shouting from the rooftops !

      cherri.pye.5 - 2013-02-07 14:07

      Ummmm....yeah, josua, Ayrton Senna was also too good to cause an accident......

  • joshua.t.thomson - 2013-02-07 12:32

    Get that man a bells

  • frankie.dewing - 2013-02-07 12:32

    i heard that it was the car following that set of the camera.....

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 12:51

      Frankie errr...the car was behind him so basically they were going the same speed...

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2013-02-07 12:33

    You'd think that the Democratic Alliance, and the police had better things to do with their time. Like tackling crime? Pfftt!!

  • brett.roberts.319 - 2013-02-07 12:41

    personally he's got huge balls for doing this and was great to watch, as to all the comments about him being dangerous - well to this argument - this kid was in total control of his ride - its the drivers of automated vechiles are the ones whom are more dangerous

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 15:46

      What a stupid response !

  • jason.m.bechervaise - 2013-02-07 12:43

    @adrien.mcguire - your comments only hold true if you can legitimately say you have never broken the law yourself, no matter the size of the infraction. Do you have a zero tolerance approach to ALL road rules? You talk the talk but do you walk the walk...

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 14:40

      In general I stick within the law, however the difference is I don't bleat like a sheep if get get caught. If there was zero tolerance and proper enforcement, everyone would be better behaved. We don't need tolerance in this country right now, we need intolerance as we are heading for anarchy. We need the same intolerance for rapists and murderers as we do for inconsiderate roadusers because the small things are just the thin edge of the wedge !

  • charles.olivier.545 - 2013-02-07 12:46

    How about catching the people using COP clothes to hijack or the people that raped and mutilated a poor girl... you are waisting tax payers money but then again you dont care do you?

  • grant.taylor.142 - 2013-02-07 12:49

    Why don't you sort out the taxi violence rather...

  • bert.d.jager - 2013-02-07 13:01

    YES Charge the man for being awesome and living his passion! When in the hell is the city gonna then start prosecuting cyclists. On Ou kaapse weg they drive as if there are no such thing as cars. I almost drove over a young unsupervised child cycling (in sponsored clothing) because he was weaving in and out of the road... then fell. I'm sorry, I do not agree with this. If the city is not going to be willing to lift a finger to provide the much needed facilities for skateboarding as a whole to be practiced then the streets are gonna stay a training ground. I will gladly go home and skateboard down the middle of main road today in solidarity with this guy. ... and thousands of avid and passionate skater will gladly do the same.

  • tina.leal.353 - 2013-02-07 13:02

    either way he was speeding.

      alan.snelling.9 - 2013-02-07 13:26

      Like you have never gone over the speed limit ????

      tina.leal.353 - 2013-02-08 09:08

      Actually no I havent. I dont drive.

  • odendaal.esterhuyse - 2013-02-07 13:02

    Hey JP, P.R.I.O.R.I.T.I.Z.E

  • mpho.e.mogashui - 2013-02-07 13:04

    Whats next ?? skate boarding ?

  • wayne.crocker.391 - 2013-02-07 13:08

    The by-laws in this city are a joke. We have by-laws broken everyday in our area and Law Enforcement does nothing. If JP smit wants to enforce by-laws he should ensure that the Metro Police and Law Enforcement do it without any discrimination. I see illegal Dumping, Drinking in Public, Drunk in Public, Squatting in Public Open Places, Littering in Public Open Spaces etc.. every day and those by-laws are ignored by JP Smit and his department. What about all the illegal traders, Vagrants at robots they are also breaking the law and causing potential danger to citzens. Lets see you do something about them before prosecuting easy targets...Let's not even mention the Taxi's.

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 14:43

      I agree 100% ........ all by-laws should be enforced, including this incident !

  • alan.snelling.9 - 2013-02-07 13:10

    Typical !!!!! road users in CT break the laws everyday ( going thru red traffic lights is my pet hate )and they choose to chase down a longboarder ! Grow somw balls CT traffic and go fight the real dangerous traffic offenders - or maybe this would interfere with your additional income from all your in-pocket taxi drivers and others ?? Skeboarding is NOT a crime

  • pieter.pretorius.106 - 2013-02-07 13:16

    Dont you guys have better things to do with your time. Rather chase up some rapists or murders, what about drunken drivers. Is the "busy" road part of poor media or is it a lie from the authority side? I would love to see how you will prove in court that it was in fact him on the board.

  • marcus.vermaak - 2013-02-07 13:16

    Are the CT old farts crying again???

      alan.snelling.9 - 2013-02-07 13:30

      Not all old CT guys are "old farts" marcus - personally I think the kid deserves a gold medal and it's only a matter of time when you will see more and more old guys out there on longboards - and by the way Decio is younger than my youngest ! Decio you rock !!!!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 14:02

      Good on ya Al!

      marcus.vermaak - 2013-02-08 07:43

      Sorry Alan, you do make a good point. And yeah, he does rock!

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 13:18

    He should be given the key to the city IMO!

  • mick.waters.9 - 2013-02-07 13:29

    Every day reckless taxi drivers endanger the lives of their passengers and the city does nothing, now they want to waste our tax money procesuting a very skilled skateboarder, what a bunch of idiots, shame on you!!! Try making a real difference for a change

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 13:30

    Look old boy...what did he do wrong? break the speed limit? that it? have you EVER broken the speed limit? (be honest) What's the difference of him speeding or a motor bike or a car or a bicycle....what's worse being hit by a skate board or a car?

  • raynard.hans - 2013-02-07 13:33


  • gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 13:35

    Look old boy..sorry Adrien what's the difference from a car, bike or skateboard speeding? which one would cause the most amount of damage?

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 14:47

      Any of the things can cause injury or loss of life. That is why there are laws. It is not the size that counts, it is the potential damage that could be done ! I watched the video and it was masterful but totally reckless in a public environment. And no safety gear !

      gavin.lott.9 - 2013-02-07 15:32

      He's wearing a helmet!

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-02-07 15:52

      Looked like a cap to me , even after watching the video again ! Still no protection against 2 tons of metal !

      danilo.deletic - 2013-02-08 15:10

      @adrien now you have confused me... Before you were bleating about how you don't care if it endangers his life but that it will endanger other peoples lives... now you crying about safety gear and protection from 2 tons of truck -he is wearing a helmet btw I think you just weren't wearing your reading glasses when you watched the video-! You think we don't know that this sport is dangerous. When we are skating down a hill the adrenaline is pumping through you so much that you are far more cautious and in tune than any driver in a car at 60(a speed that can kill as well) In all honesty I do not condone skating at high speeds on open roads because mistakes do happen.. Something I witnessed first hand last year. Hopefully we can all come to a decision which grants skaters permission to skate a different 'closed' road every night when traffic is at it's minimum.. That way we minimize risk and have a place to practice.. my 2 cents.