Cape Town skater won't be prosecuted

2013-02-13 09:48

Johannesburg - A Cape Town skateboarder filmed hurtling down a steep main road will not be prosecuted, The Star reported on Wednesday.

City traffic spokesperson Merle Lourens told the newspaper that Decio Lourenco would no longer be prosecuted because the video of his stunt, posted on YouTube, could not be used as evidence.

"We can't prosecute him. We can't use it as evidence. The video could have been tampered with for all we know."

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.

Lourens said the city would send a traffic fine to the owner of the car used to film his stunt.

Earlier, safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said Lourenco would not be given the option of a fine.

However he told The Star on Tuesday the matter was out of his hands and the responsibility of city traffic officials.

  • thomas.zahradnik - 2013-02-13 09:53

    Fantastic!! :D

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-02-13 10:01

      Very Good!!!!!

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-02-13 10:32

      The video could have been tampered with. Haha, gees excuse. Chuffed that's nothing's happening! Awesome video, and I'm not even a skater/skating fan. We have WAY bigger fish to fry in SA, this should not have gotten nearly as far as it did

      john.loveland.9 - 2013-02-13 14:46

      They never had a chance of prosecuting. It was another knee jerk reaction by a 'politician' before his brain kicked into gear.

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  • brett.michielin - 2013-02-13 09:58

    Bomb hills not countries

  • tom.carrington.395 - 2013-02-13 10:01


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  • matshidisho.malatji - 2013-02-13 10:21

    Yep, we are in cape town. good for him. He does his stunts on a busy road, and does not get even a fine but if he could have been injured, well the driver will be charged with bla bla bla. Mxm!

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-02-13 10:29

      Since when is almost getting injured a crime? I stubbed my toe last week.. Really hope I just get off with a fine.

      cobus123456 - 2013-02-13 10:33

      Man the world must always have moaners like you

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-02-13 11:09

      I would be moaning if I had to swerve on kloofnek to miss him if he fell and I landed up head on-ing some soccer mom and her kid and killing them. Unfortunately because of where this guy has to skate, him making a little mistake could cost more than just his life. At least if a BASE jumper has a no chute, his actions dont directly kill someone else. I know I'd feel pretty crap about myself if he came through my windshield at 100km/h with me going 60 the other way, and he died.

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-02-13 11:17

      Ian.. if if if. If a pedestrian saw a snake on the grass on the side of the road and jumped in fright onto the road and I swerved and hit an oncoming car I'd be devastated too. hmmmm... BAN PEDESTRIANS! FINE THE SNAKES! Stupid logic. You want to prosecute him on a possibility that never occurred? Imagine how unfair that world would be??

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-02-13 11:35

      Haha, what a stupid analogy. You are taking skateboarding, which if you have ever skated at that speed, has you at very limited amounts of control, and comparing it to your pedestrian + snake analogy. One has at least a 10% probability of happening, and the other has a 0.000001% chance. You are suggesting that every time a skater falls, there is an equal chance that a snake bites a pedestrian and he falls into the road. Honestly, the dumbest thing I've ever read. I didn't say OUTLAW skateboarding either, I said its a dangerous sport when downhill longboarding, because it happens on public roads. Downhill mountain biking as an example, is also dangerous, but only to yourself. I'd feel completely different if it was shot on a closed road? Its a great video, no denying that - its just a risky stunt that has a high probability of ending badly for someone.

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-02-13 11:47

      10% chance? I can promise you that if for every ten skaters that go down a hill, 1 died, the rest would give it up damn quickly. And as for control, you can see in the video how well he managed that.. Honestly, nobody got hurt.. absolute mountain out of a molehill. and ok, want a more realistic analogy? John's driving in a car with Jill. John isn't the best driver. John's putting Jill at risk. Bad John. Fine John. (they get to the shopping centre safe btw)

      cal.heyburgh - 2013-02-13 12:15

      hey Ian. While it is a rather funny analogy it is no way a ridiculous one. Pedestrians are a huge cause of road accidents. While it might not be a snake it could be an idiot who doesn't know how to cross a road or a drunk stumbling along the sidewalk. Are you going to fine someone for being stupid? Your concept of fining someone for something that could have possibly happened is absolutely ridiculous and is called babying. What if a government were to start fining everyone for something that "might" happen? we'd have a full on George Orwell Big Brother scenario. Further more, there is no speed limits for cyclist who travel down this same road everyday well over the 60kmh limit. they are just as likely to cause an accident and cyclists are a major major problem in Cape Town when it comes to road accidents. Lastly... Don't pull statistics out of your ass, it makes you look stupid.

      neville.watson.31 - 2013-02-13 12:56

      @cal - being drunk in public is an offence.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-02-13 13:12

      Hi Cal, Welcome to the conversation. I must be part of a different conversation, because firstly, I didn't say anything about a fine, you are most welcome to read everything I wrote slowly again to double check. Secondly, I didn't say pedestrians didn't frequently cause accidents, I said the probability of the snake analogy is really very low to the point of being ridiculous. Thirdly, cyclists doing the same speed have far more control over decreasing their speed in a safe manner, but I actually agree that they shouldn't be doing more than the speed limit on whichever road they are on. So let me summarize it quickly for you - I'm saying what HE did, under the circumstances he did it, ie. Time of day, amount of traffic, speed, etc, WAS DANGEROUS, and I'd be upset if he fell and I killed him, or I had to dodge him and I potentially hit someone else in the process. I'm not discussing snakes, pedestrians, fines, cyclists, or anything else. I am simply saying, it was potentially dangerous for many people, not just him, and thats not entirely fair for everyone. Lets all be friends - I didn't say a skater died 10% of the time, I seriously think you guys have reading disabilities. I'm saying that they fall 10% of the time they are skating, and under the circumstances of the video, the danger in that fall is significant, hence why the video is exciting.

      cal.heyburgh - 2013-02-13 13:32

      @neville, it is illegal to be drunk AND disorderly and even then it is only an offense once something has happened. You can not be arrested after having a couple of beers because you "might" get drunk an disorderly later.Having alcohol in your blood while in a public area is not illegal. further more there is no actual penalty for being drunk and disorderly. If no other crime is committed, you will simply be put in a holding cell until sober. besides all this, trying to pick out one flaw in something I was clearly giving broad examples of, really doesn't achieve anything.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-02-13 14:28

      Cal - The point is we aren't discussing THIS as a broad example, my point is that THIS instance is dangerous, and thats really the end of it. All the other dangers can be as they may, but they don't make this particular risk any less of a risk. You're trying to say any number of other things are dangerous, and I'll agree that they are. The reality is they don't make any difference to what happens next.

      mapepaki - 2013-02-14 06:49

      letsallbefriendsdammit, you nearly stubbed your toe!

  • gembleton1 - 2013-02-13 10:28

    You cannot fine the chase car unless he /she triggered the camera also.

      jason.dutoit - 2013-02-13 10:44

      the skateboard didn't trigger the camera. the car following him triggered the camera.

      SGoodman - 2013-02-13 10:52

      Maybe it did, I don't think any official has ever said that the skater is the one who triggered it.

      jason.dutoit - 2013-02-13 16:37

      there is an interview where the skater states that he has tried to trigger the camera on his skateboard before and it doesn't happen. it is also a well-known fact that cyclists don't trigger that camera.

  • charl.naude.7 - 2013-02-13 10:30


  • charl.naude.7 - 2013-02-13 10:32

    How awesome is this! Respect!

  • krycor - 2013-02-13 10:57

    haha awesome

  • Bafundi Mdlalo - 2013-02-13 11:03

    Interesting that boy can skate looking at his tactics amazing

  • THESNIPER - 2013-02-13 11:06

    it was absurd in the first place to even consider this..

  • reza.ryklief - 2013-02-13 11:10

    Nice one!

  • tony.kirby1 - 2013-02-13 11:11

    Maybe skatboarders fall into the same group as Taxis and get away with any thing they want to do.

      george.frangs - 2013-02-13 12:56

      No we don't. It's grumpy old farts like you that are always giving us a hard time about where to ride and what to do. I've had bastard old men and cops break my boards, harrass friends and go out of there way to make our lives a misery. You bastards get away with harassment and deffimation.

      cherri.pye.5 - 2013-02-14 00:07

      That's a real grown-up reply, george. It's illegal to skate on public roads....try obeying the law, dimwit!

  • Piet_Hannibol - 2013-02-13 11:29

    Ag thank goodness. You are a star Decio!

  • linda.mcintyregrice - 2013-02-13 11:39

    the law states that it must be motor propelled to be fined on a road for speeding.

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  • warren-rodel - 2013-02-13 12:01

    Long live sk8boarding!

  • Chris - 2013-02-13 12:22

    Awesome outcome!! Why send this guy to jail,give him SA colours and send him to the World Championships :)

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2013-02-13 13:02

    Why can't they focus on drunken driving?

  • andre.zai - 2013-02-13 13:04

    they will fine the car who filmed it...why? if he didn't set of the camera then he didn't commit any crime...

  • Korathias - 2013-02-13 14:00

    What would the comments be like if he hit someone traveling at that speed or god forbid a car hit him. Then would we be cursing the driver. My point is that he was endangering himself and other road users

      philip.gray.10048 - 2013-02-13 20:03

      Excellent point which most of the commentators in this article have missed. he could have seriously injured or killed an innocent person.

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-02-14 09:55

      Im sure that he is the only one in danger maybe just maybe Cape Town should follow Kimberley's example and provide Cape Tonians with decent skateparks...

  • Korathias - 2013-02-13 16:34

    What would the comments be like if he hit someone traveling at that speed or god forbid a car hit him. Then would we be cursing the driver. My point is that he was endangering himself and other road users

  • russell.lockyer.54 - 2013-02-13 18:49

    well, they rarely prosecute taxis for going down the nek on 2 wheels so why a solo rider?

      philip.gray.10048 - 2013-02-13 20:13

      So you are saying that because taxis break the law and get away with it, that it is okay for other folks to break the law as well. If every road user behaved like the taxis we would have chaos and anarchy.

  • philip.gray.10048 - 2013-02-13 20:01

    This wrong. Once again someone get away with breaking the law. He should have been charged and at the very minimum given a fine. His skateboarding stunt was reckless and showed complete disrespect for other road users. I find it very disturbing that most commentators on this forum think he is a hero. Well he is not. He could have hit an obstacle in the road. Travelling at 100KPH he would have flown off his skateboard like a rocket with the high possibility of going through the windscreen of a car travelling in the opposite direction. Which would have seriously injured himself and the drive of that car, even killing both of them. A public road is not a skateboarding track. In previous articles on this issue some commentators have commented that they see no difference between a skateboarder and a bicycle rider. Well there is a huge difference because a bicycle has breaks and a skateboard does not.

      pieter.vanbreda.52 - 2013-02-13 23:39

      He looked like he was in perfect control of what he was doing if everyone looked he actually braked pretty well and took a right hand perfectly into a road it looked like he knew what he was doing

      cherri.pye.5 - 2013-02-14 00:09

      They've now set a precedent by allowing this character to get away with this reckless act.

      philip.gray.10048 - 2013-02-16 02:57

      Hi Pieter yr comment is valid while he is in control. But with all due respect you have missed my point which is: what happens in a situation where he is no longer in control? You have not addressed the situation where he is not in control. What happens then? Whether he was in control is irrelevant. His irresponsible actions had the potential to endanger the lives and safety of other road users which can not be justified or excused.

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-02-14 09:52

    everyone sour about this kid getting away with murder should rather focus their attention on Bloemfontein where rapist escaped the end of justice because of insufficient evidence.... Cannabis prohobition and skateboard ristriction are abuse of our human rights. Ontop of this rapist and murderers get away...

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