Speedster blames dead horse

2012-06-12 22:48

Johannesburg - A biker arrested on Tuesday for speeding on the R21 claimed he was on his way to comfort his girlfriend after her horse died, Gauteng traffic police said.

"The 21-year-old apprentice electrician from Pretoria was travelling with his silver Honda VFR at an average speed of 208km/h in a 120km/h zone when we caught him," police high speed unit spokesperson Bushapi Nxumalu said.

The electrician claimed his girlfriend's horse had died and he was on his way to Pretoria to support her.

He would face charges of reckless or negligent driving with an alternative charge of exceeding the speed limit, said Nxumalu.

He was expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

"An inquiry will be done in order to determine suspension of his driving licence."

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-06-12 23:02

    The Electrician-to-be should tell us exactly who is whipping the dead house?

      Raymond - 2012-06-13 07:18

      Horse, Thabo.

      Gungets - 2012-06-13 07:46

      Perhaps, if he could prove he knows how to do horsie CPR.

  • Trevor - 2012-06-12 23:23

    LMAO...Would never use this Sparky, he does not seem to be to...bright...moronic excuse

      Raymond - 2012-06-13 07:20

      He got caught. Its his own volt for speeding. Watt was he thinking?

      Dani.granny13 - 2012-06-13 12:51

      Yes because any rational person would just use an 'excuse' like this?? That's why he told the truth!! :)

  • Warren - 2012-06-13 00:11

    He would face charges of reckless or negligent driving with an alternative charge of exceeding the speed limit Why is it alternative charge and not an additional charge. At that speed he should have the book thrown at him. For using that lame excuse he should be shot

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-06-13 00:56

    See?! Now it's a free for all, you condone one reason for breaking the law and everyone joins the party even coming up with lame excuses like these. Give e'm a hand and they take an arm and a leg.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-06-13 01:02

    electrician horse dead 208km girlfriend i am confused help me out here

      Blackpoison - 2012-06-13 06:11 see, some horse was electricuted doing 208km/h in the practise run for the Durban July on the R21 and then a girl cried and had to be comforted......or something....

      Squeegee - 2012-06-13 07:23

      The horse, doing 208km on the R21 killed a girl and an electrician cried. In Brakpan that is a crime and he will be persecuted.

      monty.pulumo - 2012-06-13 09:22

      lol! you guys are sooo funny, @blackpoison and @Squeegee you made my day! truck of bells to both of you hahahah

  • Barefoot - 2012-06-13 04:32

    He should have been given an escort shame man! what the hell is wrong with our justice system? it was an emergency 'm sure he had his hazards on. *selective aren't we?*

  • Derrick Chong - 2012-06-13 05:41

    LOL...big time !

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  • Zion - 2012-06-13 07:26

    Any moron will believe him. Deserves to be hung out in a public place. SPEED KILLS SPEED KILLS.

      Gerhardus - 2012-06-13 07:49

      Speed doesn't kill. It is the sudden stop!

      monique.l.cadle - 2012-06-13 09:36

      I'm sure if he was making up a story he could have come up with something better, but he decided to tell the truth instead.

      Dani.granny13 - 2012-06-13 12:15

      Perhaps you should find someone who you love as much as he loves her and have a similar situation happen to them before you chose words like that :) just saying

  • Jerolan - 2012-06-13 07:27

    RIP little horsy

  • hamishls - 2012-06-13 08:03

    Whoever chose the picture for this article seriously needs to reassess their career path...

  • sharne.feher - 2012-06-13 09:01

    Before you all comment you should put yourselves in his shoes yes he should not have been speeding it is too dangerous but I was there when the horse died and it was a freak accident even people could have been hurt. If you don't have horses you don't understand how emotional it is. That horse was a part of the family and to us its like loosing our children.. The cops should have followed him through to us and then do what they had to do

      wayne.dekoker.7 - 2012-06-13 11:46

      This is my girlfriend and yes she is right ..... By law it states in case of emergency ( this clasifys as one ) the polise or traffic control must escort them to ensure safe arivel ...... And I can tell you now if it was me ill do the same because to my girlfriend and I our animals are our family ok

  • Sagin - 2012-06-13 09:01

    we need our own autobahn. modern motorcycles can cruise at 200+km/h with ease. I feel for this guy, yes i know people will thumbs down me because speed kills, blah,blah,blah. but the fact is these machines can do 240km/h with the same kind of risks factors as old bikes doing 140km/h.

      johleneh - 2012-06-13 11:44

      It has been proven that speed is NOT one of the top reasons for fatal accidents, but rather negligent driving/vehicles not in roadworthy shape/driving under the influence and tiredness - these are the top reasons for fatal accidents. Bikers & super bike riders are for the most part excellent at what they do and are very seldon the actual cause of accidents.

      Sagin - 2012-06-13 12:33

      Spot on Johleneh. witness the dumb moves pulled on our roads everyday, that is what causes accidents. Bikers do it better!

  • monique.l.cadle - 2012-06-13 09:31

    Well to all of you who have commented, good or bad. I'm the girlfriend of this\ moron\ with the lame excuse.How many of u can actually say u love ur wives or girfriends this much. To ppl who own horses and build a life around them, u will know that they are not just animals, they are our 4 legged children. And loosing one is devastating.I don't condone wat he did in any way. But who are u to judge him or his character.

      Sagin - 2012-06-13 10:01

      Monique, my condolences on the death of your horse. to you boyfriend, sorry man, big bummer. ihope they go easy on you. to all the farts out there, take a look at your own driving. its not only speed that kills.

      johleneh - 2012-06-13 11:46

      Tell your boyfriend to take his number plate of next time & make sure the cops don't catch him... just a suggestion. lol condolences on your loss and don't pay too much attention to the morons who comment here!

  • adele.lloyd - 2012-06-13 10:25

    All of you that don't know the facts - keep your comments to yourself!!! and the reporter should get the facts right before writing an article like this!!!

  • lara.n.els - 2012-06-13 11:10

    This young man made a mistake and is taking responsiblity for it. His intentions were good and he was honest. I know these people personally and know the loss the have been faced with. "People who live in glass houses should throw stones!" No-one here can say they are fualtless, I hope those around you have more grace for you mistakes.

      sharne.feher - 2012-06-13 11:14

      Well said she has to deal with the lose of v-tec and all these idiots comments

      monique.l.cadle - 2012-06-13 11:16


      rachelle.buys - 2012-06-13 14:11

      I Couldn't have said it better myself! People love pointing fingers!

  • willem.vanschalkwyk.96 - 2012-06-13 12:21

    Let me just put my 50c in you people who are hating on this guy that was speeding you have no idea what was going on at the time I know 1 person who put her comment in and I agree with her when there is any passing or any death no matter what kind of animal person or what ever if that animal....or person... Is part of your life you will do anything 2 get to the specific place where it happened fast okay so all you haters can hate I say it was a good reason 2 do it and I would have done the same

  • Dani.granny13 - 2012-06-13 12:31

    This is a perfect example of how a husband should treat his wife, funny thing is they aren't even married.. and most of the people posting negative comments are probably married and clearly don't know how to treat their wives :).. This horse that died has influenced quite a few of our riding careers so it was a major loss to many of us, especially the owner of this horse!! This horse was a major part of the owners life especially since she saved his life and he probably would have done the same for her!! He wasn't racing to see the horse he was racing to supprt his girlfriend!!, it was an emergency and the cops should have followed to back it up, this reporter should also get the facts straight and learn some compassion!! :) call him a moron, atleast he's a man about it and taking the punnishment, it is us as his friends who have his back when people call him a moron, when they don't know the full story.. Passion is what many of these people are lacking and its the lack of passion that drives them to see the negative side of this story. Yes speeding is wrong but he was not neglegent!!

  • willem.vanschalkwyk.96 - 2012-06-13 12:34

    And I would do the same for my girlfriend if she needs me ill make sure I'm there as soon as possible even if it means going 300 on a high way

  • Dani.granny13 - 2012-06-13 12:37

    Oh and let's not forget the honesty at the age of 21 :) if it was a B.S story he would have come up with something like he's rushing to his father in hospital, instead he spoke the truth even though it sounds dumb to many people. The funny thing is many of you follow the bible but will still lie to get yourselves out this kind of situation, shame on you!!.. Big ups for your honesty bud, you're an honourable man!!

  • jarredbasson - 2012-06-13 20:43

    on behalf zi russians we wud like to say we knew that horsie, some say the speedster should dig the horses grave, amangla

  • John - 2012-06-13 20:58

    Who did he endanger? by his \reckless\ or \negligent\ driving?\r\nWho is the complainant?\r\nSpeed does NOT kill!\r\nUnawareness and miscalculations do! \r\nBack in the 60's it was glorious having no speed limit on the open road! Oh for the good old days!

      Barileng.Dile - 2012-08-26 21:10

      What if he got involved in an accident at that speed?

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-06-14 12:26


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