Man to appear for driving 187km/h

2012-12-31 14:34

Johannesburg - A man will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly driving at 187km/h on the N1, Gauteng traffic police said.

"The man claimed that he was on his way to East London after receiving the news that his brother passed away. The officers on scene tried to verify the excuse, with no success," spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said.

The driver, 42, a quality manager at Mercedes Benz, was arrested on the N1, a 120km/h zone, just after the Murrayhill interchange around 22:30 on Sunday.

He was taken to the Sinoville police station and charged with reckless or negligent driving, with an alternative charge of speeding. More than 15 motorists were arrested over the weekend for speeding and reckless driving.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-31 14:43

    Suspend his licence for 10 years.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-31 15:42

      Unfortunately if the other road laws haven't made any impression then suspending the licence won't either. We need a link-up of the points system with vehicle insurance. From pushing up premiums the more points you have to suspension of cover when the licence is suspended. Added to this must be traffic school and community service. We've read elsewhere that fines are meaningless.

  • susan.vorster.1272 - 2012-12-31 14:45

    It is total madnes

  • sabeer.mahomed.3 - 2012-12-31 14:56

    Cut his bolzov!!

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-02 09:40

      Don't you think that's just a little bit overkill? lol.

  • phineas.nailane - 2012-12-31 14:56

    liscience suspent

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-02 09:41

      je, suspent tha liscience!

  • Shamzewaduhaha - 2012-12-31 14:57

    He is gonna get R10k fine

      sabeer.mahomed.3 - 2012-12-31 14:58

      Only R10??

      marius.fourie.526 - 2012-12-31 15:08

      Sabeer it is R10 000 The K stands for thousand.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-31 15:53

      A fine means nothing to these people - suspend his licence and make him do comunity service in a casualty ward.

  • debbie.reid.509 - 2012-12-31 15:08

    wots that in miles per hour,i live in uk n i cant convert it lol

      marius.fourie.526 - 2012-12-31 15:10

      116.2 miles per hour

      Mandy Casey - 2012-12-31 15:12

      About 116mph

      Sharon - 2012-12-31 15:12

      He was doing 116 mph in a 74 mph zone. Or 187 in a 120 zone.

      furlong.lubisi.7 - 2012-12-31 15:14

      1mile is approximately 1.66km. Then do the rest.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-31 15:49

      Divide by 8 and X by 5.

      john.m.mcdowall - 2012-12-31 16:17

      Can't convert it? Are you brain dead?

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-31 17:10

      Oh lord, outcome based education has reached the UK.

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-02 09:44

      The UK doesn't use KM, there is no need to insult her. It's like me calling you stupid (or brain dead, yes you John) if you can't convert stones to kilos on the spot. Debbie: FYI you can Google conversions quickly, like this: 187 km to miles and it'll give you the calculation. :)

  • tshepo.lekabe - 2012-12-31 15:09

    You only give out hush sentences durring festive season then you let them get away with it durring the year am just saying....

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2012-12-31 15:11

    Maybe all cars must be reduced to 120km/h to avoid all this talks.

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2013-01-03 09:27

      Its good as saying "Get rid of of all of the Minibus taxis and we will have no more Minibus taxi accidents"

  • gary.hufton.9 - 2012-12-31 15:14


  • collins.ntelele - 2012-12-31 15:16

    I drive a 1994 VW golf with an engine capacity of 1.3,it is economical on fuel but slow on the road.Other motorists with big flashy cars ridicule me,pass remarks that I waste their time,and I must step aside for them to pass.This does not mean I m a fool.

      furlong.lubisi.7 - 2012-12-31 15:28

      I just hope you have not cause accidents by blocking the main road by being too slow.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-31 15:47

      Keep left, pass right. Stick to the speed limit. Let them laugh. Better to arrive a live fool with a long time to live, than early at the morgue.

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-31 16:14

      Spot on wolf.

      dingiswayo.nyambose.1 - 2013-01-01 10:28

      Go to dbn, swoop it up, put 4 exhaust pipes, 25 inch mags, a 2.0 badge and you'll be sorted!!!LOL

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-02 09:58

      Collins: The issues come in when people move into the fast lane while going UNDER the limit imposed for the fast lane (fast lane speed is 110-120 (or 130 if you take into account the 10kmph leeway)) and then stay there at their current speed. The biggest problem I've noticed is not people speeding, it's people driving at or under the speed limit while in the fast lane. The fast lane is for overtaking only but people treat it as just another lane forcing faster drivers to use the slower lanes to overtake.. and we all know where that can lead. For example, I was doing 125 along the N1 when this woman in her Merc pulls into the fast lane less than a hundred meters in front of me. She was doing 95-100. This is not acceptable because I need MORE than a hundred meters to stop at 125. Finally, the silly cow slowed down to 80 because there was a traffic cop ahead trapping. 80. In the FAST lane on a highway whose maximum speed is 120. This is what causes accidents. Ignore the people that pass remarks or insult you; they're just being idiots. But also try to remember that, particularly in SA, people with fast cars tend believe the fast lane is for their use only. Check your rear view often and if you see someone coming up behind you quickly, move over as soon as you can; indicating your intention to move over before the guy is near you helps too because then we know what you're doing. :)

  • mulis.muli - 2012-12-31 15:35

    wat if he is on that speed

  • clivelang1 - 2012-12-31 15:41

    He was rushing to join his brother.....

  • gorden.norman - 2012-12-31 15:46

    Nice headline if he was driving a BMW Headline would have been Man driving BWM to apear in court

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-12-31 16:17

      He could still be. The make of car he was driving is not specified.

      gorden.norman - 2012-12-31 16:52

      News 24 will definately say BMW always do

      melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-31 17:30

      Well spotted Gorden,the only thing they say is he works for Mercedes Benz,I also believe that news 24 hypocrites would have mentioned it if the speedster had been driving a Beemer

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-31 15:47

    When someone has passed whats the use of driving at such a high speed? To try and wake them up? Lier you must face the music.

  • mganga.mike - 2012-12-31 16:07

    Kayalami that's were he belongs his licence must be suspended .

  • ofentse.ramorula - 2012-12-31 16:07

    He could have simply said that he was testing the vehicle stability at high speed, the only verification was gonna be if he is indeed the merc quality manager.

  • paulinah.lereete - 2012-12-31 16:21

    suspend his liscense becoz his lying makes sense and put him on a bus or train to East London

  • musa.kamashobane - 2012-12-31 16:24

    Cyril Ramaphosa - ANC Deputy Leader was given a fine for driving at more than 150km/h, because he had a buffalo farm to attend to, they let him go cheap. How's that for excessive speed ?

  • wanda.gwebu - 2012-12-31 17:14

    Here I sniff a Speed Manager rather than quality Manager. R100 000.00 fine 4 this moron. That's my proposal worship.

      melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-31 17:31

      U brainless

  • sizababe - 2012-12-31 17:28

    There is no excuse for reckless driving. Even if his so called 'brother' had died what was he rushing to do? Wake him up? The fool does not deserve mercy from the courts. Jail the bugger!!

  • Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2012-12-31 17:30

    I don't get this. Why speed if the person is already dead? Or he wanted to get there before the body gets cold?

      melusi.myaluza - 2012-12-31 17:33

      Don't u read previous comments,it ain't that many,the question u asking has been asked by so many people,stop being lazy and read so u don't repeat the same question

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-12-31 18:04

    67km/h over the speed limit, that is if he was in the 120km/h zone. Seeing that he works for Mercedes Benz, I think he is well paid so being in that kind of a hurry would have warranted him getting a plane, maybe he was told the guy would resurrect if he make it home before dawn. I think 67 000 fine would do in this case

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-12-31 19:58

    Bear in mind he did not rape or kill when you charge him.....we all do that at random times.

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-31 20:08

    So u put every other road user at risk ~ bullsh~ t my man ~take the bullet

  • Joel Nyandoro - 2012-12-31 20:33

    Why would he risk his sick ass nd other people's live for some one who is already late?

  • kosie.nel.14 - 2012-12-31 20:49

    He did not cause any accident, did not hurt anybody, was not involved in any accident....................., there are those who know how to drive and those who do not! Could be that the cop who arrested him is one of those who cannot drive properly!

  • andrew.selous - 2012-12-31 22:17

    place was so far he decided to 'fly' down

  • Michael Kleber - 2013-01-01 07:20

    this is old news happened last year

  • faannagel - 2013-01-01 07:21

    Mike Peach,c`mon man,isnt that severe!

  • joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-02 09:39

    You know, even if a family member had passed away that's not an excuse for speeding; the person is dead, it's not like they're going anywhere. Don't get me wrong, I have no issues with speeding - but at least think up a better excuse. Really now.

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