Selfie driver grounded by her dad

2015-04-09 13:31
Nicci Redelinghuys (Facebook)

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Durban - Student Nicci Redelinghuys, who purportedly took a series of selfies while driving, has been grounded.
Her father Dean spoke to News24 and confirmed that his 20-year-old daughter had been “disciplined”.

“No one will be speaking to her. I have closed down all her social media accounts and taken her cellphones away. She is locked up at home,” he said curtly.

Nicci Redelinghuys purportedly posted “selfie” pictures of herself driving in various poses, which raised the ire of road safety and community activism groups.

The caption reads: “So yesterday I was driving on the N3 trying to take a selfie. lol. I kept looking at the camera and forgetting to watch the road! But I guess I finally got it kind of right! I still look scared as shit.”

'A childish exercise'

He said that his daughter claimed she had not taken the picture of herself while driving on a freeway, as was stated in the picture’s caption.

“She insists that she wasn’t driving and all of this is a result of a prank that was played by one of her friends. I don’t know what to think and I have not had the chance to sit down with her and discuss the issue properly,” he said.

“I think it was a childish exercise on her part and it has done a huge amount of damage. I am completely aware of the seriousness of this issue and I have dealt with it.”

In one of her Facebook posts, which has since been removed, she described herself as a professional driver who had been tutored by her father.

“What she said has direct implications for me because I was mentioned and I do participate in rally events. We know how serious the situation is on our roads with fatal accidents and there is carnage on the roads every day.

“I have spent four years teaching previously disadvantaged mechanics how to properly service taxis and alike and what she put on Facebook has undone all of my hard work,” Redelinghuys said.

“I cannot believe how far those pictures have spread.”

On Wednesday the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department issued a statement condemning Redelinghuys’s “irresponsible” behaviour.

Stern words for student

Transport Department spokesperson Nathi Sukazi had stern words for the student.

“We strongly condemn irresponsible behaviour of any kind by anyone on our roads. Such conduct that deliberately endangers the lives of other road users should not allowed to gain ground in our society especially given the continuing road carnage,” he said.

“We should all take a firm stance to put a stop to this illegal, suicidal and utterly irresponsible road user behaviour, and urge that no one copies it,” Sukazi added.

Lesson learnt

Later On Thursday, Nicci Redelinghuys said she had learnt her lesson 'the hard way', News24 reported.

“I have decided to formally respond to the media rage about what I posted on Facebook," the student said on her Facebook account.

"I believe that I have caused a big amount of damage and a lesson was learnt the hard way.

“Today I would like to state my side to clear the air. I was not physically driving when I took the photo of myself. As most of you have noticed my photos were taken whilst stationary and I was not on the N3.

“I know my actions were wrong and as a 20-year-old I did not know how to respond to the social media outrage than to put my defences up. I apologise if I have done any harm. My intention was not to come across as an irresponsible girl and it was just a[n] innocent private joke with my friends,” she said.

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