Speeding Free State MEC found guilty

2011-01-03 22:33

Johannesburg - The Free State MEC caught driving at 235km/h was found guilty of reckless and negligent driving in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Monday, police said.

"He was found guilty and he admitted guilt," Captain Harry Nagel said.

Nagel said the MEC for sport, arts, culture and recreation in the Free State, Dan Kgothule, would be sentenced on Wednesday.

Kgothule was charged with reckless and negligent driving after he was caught speeding in his BMW 745 on the N1 freeway in Glen, outside Bloemfontein, on Thursday.

He was arrested and released on R2 000 bail.

Kgothule's speeding broke records not only during the festive period, but also for the fastest speed in the Glen area where there were often speed traps on the N1.

  • dracolusus - 2011-01-04 02:29

    So he is guilty and will get off with a R5000 fine?

  • Hungwe - 2011-01-04 05:29

    Another incident of South Africa's incredible leadership leading by example from the front, what a fine role model for our youth!

      Nico - 2011-01-04 06:58

      Youth don't care about role models unless the role model is a popstar or a drug addict.

      MoZaHo - 2011-01-04 08:09

      @Nico : MP's are drug addicts. hehehe

  • Zion - 2011-01-04 06:48

    According to the article he will be sentenced on wednesday but over the news last night he was fined R12 000 The magistrate stated that he is able to pay much more. Was this the bail increased or the fine?

      Tinus - 2011-01-04 08:16

      No, the news stated that he sugested that he can pay a fine of R12000 in his statement but that the magistrate replied that he can pay much more.

  • - 2011-01-04 06:53

    Jail time? License suspended? Lets hope so, as this is the punishment as per the law! Let's not have another high profile person get off lightly because of who they are...let the law be equal for everyone and let the punishment stand. Perhaps some time in one of our prisons might give him a better perspective of life in SA?

  • vee - 2011-01-04 07:01

    Just another criminal in the government of our country......

  • vee - 2011-01-04 07:02

    Just another criminal running our country .....

  • hawksnr - 2011-01-04 07:06

    Fuc%er, why dont he get a R30000.00 fine like other offenders. What happenned to six months suspension of licence...........ANC bullies!!!!!!!!!!

  • ArtGee - 2011-01-04 07:08

    He will NOW be promoted to Deputy Minister of TRANSPORT!!! In the ANC, when you get caught with your hands in the till, you get promoted to the Finance Dept. Same goes for this "CADRE".... "off to the Transport Dept with you"!!!!! WOnder if 'Sbu Ndebele is DREADING making that statement about LOOSING YOUR LICENSE FOR EXCESSIVE SPEEDING????????????? Watch this Space!!!

      Skeletor1 - 2011-01-04 07:19

      He will loose his license then get a blue light brigade to shuttle him around becasue with his current position (no license) he cant do his work.

      IceBlaster - 2011-01-04 09:18

      @Skeletor1. So true, he should lose his current position aswell, to set a good example to the public.

  • Brieuse - 2011-01-04 07:09

    The following has been told will happen to the "general public" if caught doing those kinds of speeds: 1. A large fine or time in jail. 2. Licence suspended 3. Possibly confiscate car (KZN). At 235km/h KZN would probably enforce this on an average Joe Public. He isn't an average Joe Public so let's see what happens tomorrow during sentencing.

      Zinki - 2011-01-04 07:34

      He will just get a little slap on the wrist and told not to do it again.

      jwill - 2011-01-04 10:24

      For the sake of this country, I sincerely hope that the punishment dished out tomorrow will be fair and according to the "threats" made by the government at the beginning of the festive season. Can you even imagine the public outcry if he simply gets a fine...without licence suspension and/or car impounded?

  • Kuifie - 2011-01-04 07:57

    I am amazed that he admitted guilt. Well done. THis could have been a court-case after court-case all the way to the appeal court to the constitutional court... If you are guilty of an offense, face the music and take it like a man. I hope the court sends out a stong message. That was a reckless speed indeed.

  • Craig - 2011-01-04 08:06

    Well I would be Kind of concerned if he was not found guilty as it was recorded!!! He has no worries, us tax payers just payed his bail and will probably pay for his fine as well.

  • duck - 2011-01-04 08:22

    Shocking !! with all the road deaths...

  • FrankLee - 2011-01-04 08:51

    So will he thrown into jail? Or will he be fined R30 000 like the other guys? Sad to say - when he gets his R30k fine and license suspended, WE the tax-payers will foot the bill and then he'll get another license issued.

  • gtown84 - 2011-01-04 08:53

    If caught breaking the law in such an outrageous way, he should be stripped of his title. If he is breaking such a simple law, who knows what else he may disregard?

  • zip reeper - 2011-01-04 09:00

    this is a fine upstanding man. i don't consider that speed too fast. he probably is also a mover in his job unlike the stodgy slow moving types that are bankrupting this country. best of luck, my man.

      jwill - 2011-01-04 10:25

      troll... - 2011-01-04 10:39

      are you living in a zoo ?

      Worldwise - 2011-01-04 11:13

      Hey Zip, when trolling try to be a bit more subtle. You give the game away too quickly.

  • rethan - 2011-01-04 09:01

    Another useless topic! He will get off with a small fine and carry on as usual. That other poor guy who got caught on the N1 near Midrand had to stay in jail and had his license suspended. Become an ANC member and you are above the law!

  • kilo39 - 2011-01-04 11:53

    he has admitted his guilt and will obviously, for the purpose of sentencing, be very remorseful about his actions. as unfair as the following might seem, I would like to see the following occur....if an independant auditor can verify his worth as an MEC, ie less than 5% fraud and corruption in his department, operating within given budgets, high rating on delivery and innovation, clean and impressive track record of management etc. etc. then he should only given the sentence that the court delivers. if he fails the acid test in terms of his worth to the people of the Free State, then he should ALSO be summararily dismissed as MEC and barred from representing government in any capacity whatsoever in the future.

  • jaycee - 2011-01-04 15:54

    It's a pity that officials in high places in the government must give SA a bad name, due to their stupidity! His position requires that he be sentenced more severely that the average man. I saw him on tv last night and his feeling sorry for what he had done looked like shedding crocodile tears. He KNEW he was breaking the law but persisted!!!!!!!!!!

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