Ex-champion athlete held for drugs

2012-11-10 16:03

Johannesburg - Former high jump world champion Jacques Freitag was arrested after he was allegedly found in possession of the drug Cat (methcathinone), Beeld reported on Saturday.

Freitag was stopped by Tshwane police on Friday moring after he allegedly ran a red traffic light in Bronkhorstspruit.

The drug was then allegedly found in his pocket.

Police spokesperson Captain Sarah Mcira said Freitag would remain in custody through the weekend.

He is one of only eight athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

Freitag won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Paris, France in 2003.

In 2006, Freitag, along with his gym partner Zeegfriedt Veenemans were arrested after a fight broke out between them and a 17-year-old pupil.

A charge of assault against them was dropped after they attended a diversion programme.

  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-11-10 16:07

    No life after athletics,so drugs is the way of life thereafter,so very sad.

      NkandlaSpearshaker - 2012-11-10 21:30

      @ Hendrik...go back to your desk at SAA and start some serious bean counting, dude! You are an excellent but sorry example of the ANC cadres

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-10 16:17

    for every great champion there are drugs behind him.! sounds good 4 tv ad.

  • bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-11-10 16:27

    Kommin bly kommin.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-11-10 16:29

    he needs some more diversion

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-10 17:13

    He's just a human being , allowed to make mistakes . Aren't we all ?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-10 18:26

      No he is just part of the crowd that might be in charge of other people. no thanks

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-11-11 08:22

      ray.molekoa.5... Would you have said the same if he killed your child while running that red light??????????

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-10 17:33

    Taking "high" jump to the next level.

  • mrtinyiko.matsambu - 2012-11-10 17:43

    Friday 'moring'!!!! That must be odd hours of the day.

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-11-10 17:51

      Maybe it's just before high noon. The typing errors are normally higher on the weekend but they're really bad today.

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-11-10 17:44

    who cares its his personal life .

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-11-11 08:30

      Yep it's all fun & jokes until someone gets hurt (when he climbs behind the wheel & is to freaking high to spot a red light).

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-11-10 18:00

    \High\ jumper indeed

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-10 19:07

    I am not condoning his drug use here, BUT, more is made of this as he was well known? I am just saying, walk through any club nowadys, and you dont have to smoke a 'dube' the air is thick with this smoke. Shame.....

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-10 23:51

    So this young man is doing what the majority of young people are doing. Just because he has made a name for himself he now becomes the victim.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-11-11 08:35

      Stewart Croucamp... "Victim"??????? And it's okay to do it because "the majority of young people are doing it"???????? Well I guess he would be a "victim" if he crashed into you while jumping that red light???????

      nnyana.madumo - 2012-11-11 08:50

      Cat, Steward?! No ways are most young people doing cat. And he's certainly not a victim. He's got a problem and he needs help.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-11 10:43

    If he was arrested the first time when he was involved in a fight it wouldn't have come to this. Selective justice for a few privileged and now the chickens are coming home to braai and make the backside red with more pressure!!!

  • frank.reidrobertson - 2012-11-11 17:00

    aagh in our street there are deals taking nearly every day! The one drug dealer drives around in a white sadan with dark tinded windows. no-one does anything about them.

  • weavenlinks - 2012-11-13 22:32

    it has been our daily bread. drugs my foot

  • weavenlinks - 2012-11-13 22:34

    "drugs" it leaves much to be desired, one would question the manner in which he won the championship backthen 2003.

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