R20 000 fines dished out to speedsters

2012-10-15 22:18

Johannesburg - Two men were fined R20 000 each for speeding in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend, Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said on Monday.

"This will send a clear message to all transgressors on the road that we are serious about ensuring maximum law enforcement," he said in a statement.

Mchunu said this meant the traffic officials were doing their job, and he commended the Scottburgh Magistrate's Court's "good work".

Mchunu's spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said Kareel Dukhi, 29, who was driving a Mitsubishi, was sentenced to a R20 000 fine or eight years in prison on Sunday after being caught doing 205km/h in a 120km/h zone in Ellingham, near Park Rynie.

Mohamed Mogalia, 41, was caught driving 202km/h on the same road on Sunday and given the option of a R20 000 fine or eight years' imprisonment on Monday.

On Saturday, another motorist was caught doing 182km/h and given the option of a R8 000 fine or four years' imprisonment.

Also on Saturday, a driver was caught doing 194km/h on the N2 and given the option of a R14 000 fine or four years in jail. Their names were not immediately available.

Mchunu said the fines would help encourage motorists to obey the law.

"We are optimistic that our approach to road offenders will reduce the scourge of road accidents. It is unacceptable that people are driving at 202km/h and 205km/h," he said.

  • Rhulani Coleman Mkhwanazi - 2012-10-15 22:29

    I drove 220km/h on the same road, lucky enough Mr Cop was drinking water infront of camera and i called it my lucky day.

      jentul.1 - 2012-10-15 23:28

      You're an idiot!!

      trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-10-16 01:54

      GPS or speedo reading...hehe...speedo knock off 10-15%...and jentul.1,this is the reality of any country, not just SA,I don't agree with it but it happens.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-10-16 06:16

      I drive a 4.8i monster and have never had to floor it. Maybe some men are overcompensating for other 'deficiencies'.

      john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-10-16 07:01

      How sure are you that it was water and not Brandy and Coke?

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-16 07:06

      Your time will come. i just hope you don't kill innocent people when it does.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-10-16 10:35

      What you mean to say is it was everyone else's lucky day that you didnt loose control at that high speed...

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2012-10-15 23:06

    if he was a dj driving an Audi .....half price ...

      devon.matthews.161 - 2012-10-15 23:48

      i think raymond if we talking about the same dj he had already sold the audi and was driving his new evoque.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-15 23:20

    If you build a car that can do the speed. Some idiots will speed.

      kim.buren - 2012-10-15 23:33

      It has nothing to do with the car but the idiot behind the wheel

      boltonbarry - 2012-10-15 23:41

      You are both right

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-10-16 06:17

      Agreed Kim.

      petrus.ngwenya.3 - 2012-10-16 07:12

      Iceman, so you should not own a knife, because you might stab someone. You also should not buy anything in plastic bags, because you might suffocate yourself. And please stop selling condoms, because someone might fill it with water and drop it on your head.

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-10-16 01:40

    So what about taxis that just stop where they want to..... without warning.. causing accidents and disobeying the rules of the road. Because the taxis are a law onto their own,yellow line ,white line, who cares, and once again the metro cops walk with tails between their legs. And I get fined for not wearing a safety belt...ffsakes.

      laurens.smit.507 - 2012-10-16 07:28

      Carl I agree with you 100%. The difference is the Cops will go for the soft targets because they have fixed addresses and some of them will actualy pay the fines without trying a bribe first. The Taxi Industry is above the Law.

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-16 07:31

      Taxis in general are more dangerous than a modern car doing 200kph. Some of the taxis I've seem on a daily basis, are more dangerous at 40k's. Let's not talk about driving skills. Let's just say that the speedster and taxi driver have the same skill level. Taxi still more dangerous. Now shout me down.

  • john.chamberlain.3152 - 2012-10-16 02:48

    Well done!! harsh punishment for traffic offenders and light punishment for Murderers, rapists and thieves

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-16 03:20

    And blue light drivers are immune to prosecution despite their carnage and destruction !! That's not justice !!!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-10-16 05:27

    Yes this will send a clear message to other motorists.

      Msika - 2012-10-16 13:16

      Not to me!! If taxi drivers were given the same treatment that would be a clear message to my ears.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-10-16 05:28

    Yes this will send a clear message to other motorists. R20 000 fine

  • danie.v.niekerk - 2012-10-16 06:06

    Ag. . .is dit maar al! Metro is maar pissies as hul maar net 20k se boetes kan skryf in Jhb. Daar is meer as net die waarde van 20k se busse en taxis wat hul kon beboet.

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-16 06:28

    Speeding in excess of 160 km/h should carry a compulsary jail term. The comment of Rhulani Coleman Mkhwanazi is an admission of guilt. Through him in jail.

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2012-10-16 07:05

      Learn to spell before pronouncing judgement. Furthermore, you are attempting to be Judge, Jury and Executioner

      leonch - 2012-10-16 07:39

      They would not be able to lock up people doing 160km an hour as a compulsory jail time as half of the country will be locked up, fines are just another way to Tax us

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-16 07:42

      They(the goverment) will not approve. Half the cabinet will end up in jail for speeding!

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2012-10-16 07:51

      Learn to spell before pronouncing judgement

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-16 06:32

    Yeah, baby! Punish those killers before someone gets hurt.

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-10-16 06:34

    Heavier fine than killing one in south Africa. It's a crazy country, run by lunatics.

  • Ottinji Obecheh - 2012-10-16 06:34

    i think car manufactures must start making vehicles that don't exceed 150km/h

      tyson.ragunath - 2012-10-16 13:25

      Your comment does not make sense at all, people should have self control and not blame manufacturers for their own mistakes. Next you will be saying that people should stop making food with calories so people do not get FAT....

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-10-16 06:43

    R20 000 is not a big enough fine.... If you exceed the speed limit by 30km, they should use this formula. The amount you exceeded (percentage wise) times the value of your vehicle (also percentage wise). So if you exceed the limit by 50%, your fine should be 50% of your vehicle's value.... I am sure a driver with a R3Mil car, will think twice.

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2012-10-16 07:59

      "Ceteris Paribus - with all other things being equal" - the penalty should be proportional to the excess speed and NOT the value of vehicle. Place into perspective a run down minibus taxi of a hypothetical value of R50k, doing 100km/h in a 60km/h zone versus a well maintained sedan travelling at the same speed.

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-10-16 06:48

    \...all transgressors...\ Probably excludes the goverment, their friends family and body guards neh?

  • yo.naidoo.7 - 2012-10-16 07:15

    There is a substantial difference between driving fast and speeding, with the connotation attached to that of speeding being reckless and negligent. A continual bone of contention is the exceeding of the speed limit versus illegal activities of minibus taxis. In either case the action is illegal. I have driven fast under controlled conditions and can assure one that it requires immense concentration, experience, skill and diligence. There is no place for the slightest inkling of alcohol and/or other intoxicating substances, any triggers to road rage, traffic/road deviations (from the norm), cell phone usage, competing on a public road for your 1 minute of fame, whilst driving normally (let alone fast). Attempting speeds over 50% of the road speed limit does constitute reckless driving.

  • rockafella.funksatar - 2012-10-16 07:23

    a mitsubish could be anything under the brand. learn to be specific please. 205km im assumig it was a Lancer

      yo.naidoo.7 - 2012-10-16 07:26

      And the point being ?

  • theo.joubert.37 - 2012-10-16 07:23

    I fully agree these fines will make speeding offenders think twice. Good thing. But I would like to see total zero tolerance!!! For example Taxi drivers driving reckless, pedestrians on highways, Hawkers selling fruit etc. on the highways, taxi's stopping and picking up passengers where ever they want. Speeding offenders are eazy targets and has become a source of income. My personal view is that reckless driving is much more dangerous and causes much more deaths on or roads then speeding. Driving at the speeds these people where driving is in itself very reckless. Hiding behind bushes do not stop people from speeding or commiting other trafic offences, this practice should be banned.

  • hennie.deruyter - 2012-10-16 07:30

    I recall that when the N3 was still 2 lanes through the Free State ( now the R103) Traffic cops would ride with truckers and radio through info on motorists over-taking on solid white lines and blind rises. Almost every accidents with multiple fatalities involves illegal over-taking. So Mr Mchunu, you are not looking in the right place. Speeding is wrong but I dont see any headlines about R200000 fines for blind-rise overtakers. Indeed, you are not even catching speeding trucks who are not allowed to exceed 80km/h. By the time your cameras activate the truck is already almost 50km/h over the limit. Afterwards we are told that the brakes on the truck 'failed'.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-10-16 07:38

    fining is not good enough. Those caught traveling at excessive speeds should have their licenses suspended immediately and their cars impounded. Metro is once again merely collecting for xmas!

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-10-16 07:47

    These r those who flicker head lights despite driving @120km/h infront of them.\r\nScrap their licences.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-16 07:54

    How about dishing out heavy fines for the doof-doof-doof that emanates from some cars? Loud music eventually sends people into a trance and then they are not aware of the conditions around them. Years ago it was an offence to drive with your car radio too loud. Kathy

  • eugene.vanes - 2012-10-16 07:57

    Good work for the cops.This is idiotic bastards on the road and should jail right away.If killed somebody on the road with such a speed the stupid word "sorry"will be used for an axcuse.But if somebody else do it they want to kill the people.These people tyres should have burst and died instantly.

  • Charles8606 - 2012-10-16 09:04

    I do not disagree with heavy fines for people speeding , but this is inconsistent with other offenses like rape and murder where the people get of with bail of R2000 or R10000.

  • stephanus.nicolaas - 2012-10-16 12:02

    I didn't even know you had the option to pay a fine. Thought driving at that speed results in immediate arrest?

  • Beckie Knight - 2012-10-24 02:37

    This is heartwarming to read. The question: Were they "caught in the act" or were their fines "posted" to them? If posted by ordinary mail I don't believe they need to be paid according to Aarto. Also, the three ministers' fines, totaling R104 000 - have they been paid yet?

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