Church teacher arrested for speeding

2013-03-15 18:42

Johannesburg - A 38-year-old Laudium church teacher was arrested for driving at 147km/h in an 80km/h zone on the R55 near Oliewenhoutbosch on Friday, Gauteng traffic police said.

Spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said two female officers in a patrol car switched on their siren and blue lights and signalled the man to pull over.

He indicated he intended to stop, but then "suddenly sped off and kept on driving".

After catching and stopping him, the two female officers had showed him his speed on the digital camera, she said.

"The man claimed that he was on his way to Laudium to teach children."

The man had resisted arrest, and the officers had used "the necessary force" to handcuff him.

He was taken to the Oliewenhoutbosch police station and charged with reckless and negligent driving and exceeding the speed limit.

"At the police station he made havoc [sic] by calling a group of friends to protest against the arrest," she added.

"Motorists must keep in mind the driver of a vehicle who is travelling faster than 40km/h [over the speed limit]... irrespective of the speed limit set on that specific road, will face the possibility of [having their] driving license suspended for six months, in the case of a first offender.

"When a person is arrested by members of this unit, the offence has been captured on a system called Digital Eyewitness Camera," Nxumalo warned.

  • Elmarie Kotze - 2013-03-15 18:50

    What a terrible example he is setting for the people he is teaching!

      JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-15 18:55

      Maybe he's a driving instructor at a driving school.

      Johan Jacobs - 2013-03-15 19:00

      He better starts praying, seriously

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-15 19:34

      How can you relate a speeding offense to this man's character? We are not allowed to do that to Oscar remember?

      Helio Alvaro De Abreu - 2013-03-15 19:41

      Actually, it is a criminal offence to speed 40km/h over the limit, but try and complain about a fake cheque in your account or criminals trying to rob you, you may as well not bother! Sick waste of court time.

      Gieljam Gomtor - 2013-03-16 11:35

      Gives meaning to the song"Get me to the Church on time" ...

      Jutice Forall - 2013-03-16 12:26

      "Now children, today's lesson is: Thou shalt not drive like a bat out of hell"

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-16 14:50

      News flash: "20 million Christians did not break the speed limit today. 5000 church teachers obeyed the laws on the road today!!!" What a stupid discriminatory headline. Would News24 write "Gay teacher breaks speed limit?"

  • Leon van Rensburg - 2013-03-15 19:07

    I am happy that they caught him! I travel on that road everyday and have not seen a traffic cop for a long time. The way people drive is shocking

      Erich Goosen - 2013-03-16 09:32

      It still not a matter that should be reported in the media.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-16 14:44

      Amazing.. the word church is added and the article stays up for two days...

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-17 07:55

      Make that three days and counting...

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-03-15 19:07

    Almost doubling the speed limit for the sole purpose of teaching the children? What a character, wow! Take away his driver's licence and let him use a donkey cart.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-15 19:35

      At least he hasn't shot anyone dead. Then this story would be of no relevance.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-15 19:43

      @Frank Did you actually read Sipho's entire comment? Do you understand humour?

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-03-15 19:58

      @Nurse: it is impossible to reason with self-righteous, sanctimonious, narcissist like the one personally attacking me. He/she is nothing but a mentally deranged idiot. He/she does not know the damage incurred by the victims of the speedstersm I have seen it all in my twenty six years with Criminal Justice System.

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-15 19:15

    Big deal, OP can speed so let this teacher do the same. Why is this story even being printed? I saw lots of comments the other day saying "speeding is only traffic offense and not breaking the law", "I also have tons of speeding fines".

      Sipho Mnguni - 2013-03-15 19:41

      @Nurse:) it's rare if any to find logic in this News24 comments column. Speeding is breaking the law, period! Road Traffic Act is a statutory act passed by the legislature. What I learned at the university when I was studying law was that it is impossible to argue law with a person who has never studied law in their entire life.

  • Thabo Dijoe - 2013-03-15 19:22

    Resisting arrest, yooo that man clearly doesnt know what cops are capable of lately...

  • ian.murray.52459615 - 2013-03-15 19:47

    I take it he doesn't belong to Sadtu, unless he was also sleeping at the wheel.

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-15 19:49

    Speeding singing "Nearer my God to thee".

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-16 14:51


  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-03-15 19:53

    The 'devil' made me do it...

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-16 14:51

      Really old...

  • GB Garratt - 2013-03-15 19:59

    Superior Christian morals. I wonder where Christians get there moral direction from?

      Grunt Nomel - 2013-03-15 21:50

      Christians are not perfect. They try and live a better life, but the father of lies that it seems you serve, tries to pull them back into his grip.

      GB Garratt - 2013-03-16 06:14

      !Yess Oh dear. The "Devil made me do it", Hansie Cronje excuse. So when you behave badly, are greedy, rape children or rob your neighbour then you are not responsible. Christianity, in most of its many forms, is in fact a totally immoral dogma. The claim that one can behave like a total selfish and uncaring bastard towards your fellows during the week, go to church on Sunday, toss a sufficiency of money towards the preacherman and be absolved, and not have to take responsibility for, one's despicable behaviour is a totally immoral, disgusting and contemptible concept.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-16 14:45

      Another religious troll... Get a life.

  • pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-03-15 20:31

    Where in the Bible does it say "Thou shalt not speed"?

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-15 20:47

      right next to the section where it says "Thou shalt not say anything idiotic to attract attention"

      Grunt Nomel - 2013-03-15 22:06

      Submission to Governing Authorities Romans 13:1-7 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

      Jeffery Stokes - 2013-03-16 10:25

      True story hey. But to be fair 147 is slow man.

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-03-16 11:41

      "The authorities that exist have been established by God." Ehem, Nazi Germany?

  • Sarah - 2013-03-15 21:06

    Is this really news?

      Mary Bergh Müller - 2013-03-15 21:36

      Yes, Sarah. This is news! Have you noticed how many people are being killed on the road, lately? I believe that more attention needs to be given to traffic violations. We need to name & shame! I think there should be a daily tv programme where these people are outed! I, for one, do not want my children killed or injured by some idiot who believes they are above the law.

      Nurse Helenk - 2013-03-15 21:43

      Mary is right. There is a serious lack of regard for the rules of the road in this country. The bodies are piling up daily. Overseas traffic offenses are taken seriously. People dare not drink and drive or speed excessively. If you get one too many tickets you lose your licence. Perhaps people should lose their licences to make them think twice, maybe walking to work or catching a deathtrap taxi/bus will wake them up to the reality.

      pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-03-16 00:20

      Nurse Helenk talking crap as usual! Overseas a woman drives drunk and kills a motorbiker and gets ONE day in jail and if Nurse Helenk does not believe me, feel free to google Tracy Dawn Smith. People should learn to speak about things they know, not make up stories!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-16 14:47

      No, its News24 using trolling techniques on a slow news day... Using the word 'church' is a signal to the religious trolls to wake up and start espousing atheism...

  • Grunt Nomel - 2013-03-15 21:46

    Shame News24. Unable to find something newsworthy? Amazing how many reports of speeding are reported, but why mention that they belong to a church? Trying to stir the childish, hateful little group of atheists to have a go at religion? "Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-03-15 23:09

    wtf NEWS 24?? is this really news? scraping the bottom of the barrel a bit there i see

  • Jim - 2013-03-16 14:10

    Its the Devils fault.......

  • Mduduzi Maphumulo - 2013-03-16 20:40

    That's not criminal, it's just a mental disorder... Oh wait, that's for paedophiles only

  • AsGodIsMyWitness - 2013-03-17 10:27

    I don't see the relevance in his being a church teacher. He is another person speeding, simple. If he was a computer programmer, would the headline read "Computer expert caught speeding" ? What about "Amateur ham radio enthusiast caught speeding" ? Come on Media24 !

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