Speedster gets R15 000 fine suspended

2012-01-30 19:20

Johannesburg - A motorist was fined R15 000, suspended for five years, by the Brits Magistrate's Court on Monday for driving at 200km/h from Sun City to Pretoria, the North West public safety department said

The fine, or 12 months' imprisonment, was suspended on condition that Fardeen Mahomed, 22, did not commit a similar office in the next five years, spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said.

Mahomed was caught speeding in a BMW 330i on the N4, near Brits, on New Year's Day by North West traffic officials. The speed limit on the road is 120km/h. He was on his way to Laudium.

North West Public Safety MEC Desbo Mohono said harsher sentences, including suspension or endorsement of driver's licences, were needed to deter drivers from speeding.

  • TenRas1 - 2012-01-30 19:30

    Tip: have R500 in ur pocket when ever u drive at that speed...It works

      Ryan - 2012-01-31 07:29

      And then I guess you complain about the corruption of the government the following Monday morning. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Greasing a palm perpetuates corruption, numbnuts.

  • Neil - 2012-01-30 19:37

    And you wonder why there are so many deaths on the roads in SA ? No laws ! This guy should have been imprisoned for 6 months at least !

  • Vegi - 2012-01-30 19:39

    Why was this fine suspended. The magistrate did a shoddy piece of work.

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-30 21:25

      @Vegi and Newsreader: Children please behave yourselves.

  • Mel - 2012-01-30 19:42

    What an airhead disgusting behaviour, probably drives like that all the time but finally got caught.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-30 23:09

      Exactly Mel. Drove over 200km/h many times and never caused anybody any grief. Now that he is "caught" he is suddenly a criminal.

  • Renier - 2012-01-30 19:44

    He must be "connected"!!!

  • Rohin - 2012-01-30 19:45

    what bollocks. For those speeds there should be a mandatory prison sentence and a massive fine. If you let people like this off the hook, the only thing that will stop them is when they kill themselves and take some innocent road users with them.

      Godfrey - 2012-01-30 20:57

      Yep, looks like exceeding the limit by 10km does not pay. Go big or go home, seems to be the in thing

  • eddiebant - 2012-01-30 19:46

    Got away with a suspended sentence--this after all the warnings by the transport minister that severe punishment awaits offenders? Somebody knows somebody.

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-30 19:51

    Who is this guy, and what strings did someone pull? Very suspicious indeed.

  • Grant - 2012-01-30 19:52

    Maybe the taxi driver who killed all the school kids will also get a suspended sentence... "If you kill a bunch of school kids AGAIN, you'll have to pay a fine" What a joke!

  • Marius - 2012-01-30 20:02

    How much did he have to pay the magistrate?

      comurray - 2012-01-31 09:20

      That unfortunately will never be revealed.

  • Wendy - 2012-01-30 20:09

    Absolutely pathetic consequence. The Judge should be charged with murder if this lunatic kills himself or someone else on the road and he is sure to do so.

      Sheda - 2012-01-30 20:19

      it is not guys doing 200kmh who kill but the idiots doing u turns and jumping stop streets.

      Carl - 2012-01-31 10:14

      Most deaths on sa roads are caused by speeding sheda(brain)

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-30 20:10

    Very strange sentence. But ppl must remember the magistrate courts are not bound by judicial precedent, so they can issue varying sentences for the same set of facts. In other words they don't have to be uniform about their sentencing as you can see.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-30 20:12

    Very strange sentence. But ppl must remember the magistrate courts are not bound by judicial precedent, so they can issue varying sentences for the same set of facts. In other words they don't have to be uniform about their sentencing as you can see.

  • gbbfg - 2012-01-30 20:19

    It's funny how 20 years ago, basically everyone who travelled on a freeway and had a car capable of going fast, went fast. Followed by tales of how many times you had to fill up while sitting around the fire. Today you get blasted from all sides. Correctly so, but wow how things change quite quickly. Although it's still pretty obvious that people are far too obsessed with speed as the number one killer on our roads, which is utter rubbish. Attitude kills. People here do the most selfish and stupid things I've ever seen anywhere in the world. It's not the speeding though.

      gbbfg - 2012-01-30 20:24

      As far as I'm concerned, a R15000 fine and 5 years in jail is far more suited to people who overtake blindly. I don't care if they do it at 60km/h, it're more dangerous than going 200km/h on a straight road with good visibility.

      markmc83 - 2012-01-30 21:27

      The things that get to me are people overtaking or changing lanes without checking mirrors, people that don't keep left (i.e. drive down the road at the same speed as the vehicle in the left lane but block the right lane), people that move into the right hand lane on the highway traveling too slowly, vehicles that drive in areas where it's illegal to do so in order to avoid traffic jams and people that cut across multiple lanes. To me those are the worst but I'll probably think of more later.

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-30 22:01

      eish Mark, i agree WHOLEHEARTEDLY on those lane hoggers!

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-01-31 11:31

      Agree to all of the above. Yes, attitude is what keeps us alive.

  • Shane - 2012-01-30 20:25

    i agree speeding should be fined so should driving through red robots. Driving while talking on a cell phone - with cell phone in hand - remembering this is equivalent to being drunk in terms of reflexes and driving ability. and parents leaving their children unbelted or standing on car's seats - this should carry with it charges of child abuse. the traffic officials address the easy stuff and do nothing about the other reckless and dangerous things done by drivers

  • MADDMAX01 - 2012-01-30 20:30

    200km/h is pretty slow

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-01-31 11:33

      On a bike, is cruising.

  • Erich - 2012-01-30 20:31

    As they say in legal circles, sentence totally inappropriate.

  • Rita - 2012-01-30 20:35

    Jislaaik. If it was me, female, etc, I would have been IN JAIL...

  • Vegi - 2012-01-30 20:42

    Sheda Where do you live. The idiots driving at atrocious speeds like this fool actually crash into the imbeciles making u-turns at inopportune times and spots. Those who drive at prescribed speeds manage to spot the u-turning imbeciles timeously and execute necessary manouvres to avoid a deadly crash. May be you are one of the brainless speedsters.

      Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-01-30 21:57

      Owk Vegi, now who is at fault, the U-turnee (sic) or the speedster?By the way i dont condone speeding nor do have a problem with it (driving 500km @ 100km/h aint fun at all), its the reckless drivers that irks me, my view is speeding isnt reckless, speeding in a a 60km/h zone with lots of pedestrians? now that is reckless

  • Ettiene - 2012-01-30 20:46

    Did this Magistrate pass his exams.Or did he get a bribe?????

      Peter - 2012-01-31 07:36

      Like the search or the COO of the SABC - you do not need matric or experience, to get a top tob, just a frind of Zuma or a deployee,

  • SARealist - 2012-01-30 20:46

    Shame, his Beemer 330 needs a tuning or service as he should have been clocked at 250kph if he had the pedal to the metal. Well that is what they do on the autobans in Germany. They are much faster if you modify the software of the speed limiter. Or in Italy which as a 1st world country has removed the speed limits on their freeways and they are recording less accidents. Due to the fact you just can't afford to make a bad move whilist travelling at top speeds.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-30 20:58

      I totally agree.... They should have had a taxi driver driving it. At least it would be max of 250k/ph with at least 12 passengers!

      Vegi - 2012-01-30 21:04

      Newsreader You have the brain of a rat, in fact half the brain of a rat.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-30 21:09

      Ha ha ha ha ha....okay you clever! Now I am a rat! It beats being you anytime! At least I have virtue and dont vote for the same broken toilet every year!!!

  • Leon - 2012-01-30 21:02

    Maybe the curry burnt a bit

  • Leon - 2012-01-30 21:04

    anything can happen if you have MONEY

      Rudie - 2012-01-31 09:51

      True , but nothing beats a ring sting.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-01-30 21:07

    There is no logic to the outrage expressed against travelling at 200km/h in a motor car or on a motorcycle. The speed limits are arbitrary. There is no scientific basis for any of them. They are merely intended to generate revenue. A 30 Ton truck travelling at 80km/h has more destructive potential (momentum)than a 2Ton motor car doing 300 km/h. Speed can never kill anyone. It is the management of the speed that should be interrogated. Drivers should be properly trained to make the correct judgement calls. Another proof that speed limits are intended to make money is the fines. The amount of the fine is proportional to the speed. If it was intended to modify behaviour it will fail simply because it does not take the nett worth of the "offender" into account. A poor man will be scared witless by a R15000 fine, but a rich man will just laugh it off. And it is the rich man who is more likely to travel at a decent speed in a decent car.

      markmc83 - 2012-01-30 21:44

      So true, there are people who drive more safely at 200kph than others at 50kph. We need controls though because otherwise you'd have taxi's driving down the road at 200kph with cardboard brake pads and loaded with 19 people (extreme example). However someone in an M5 BMW for example has to drive from JHB to Cape Town at a maximum of 120kph when his/her vehicle will safe handle speeds well over 200kph. Even if the driver is young fit and has fighter pilot eyesight he has the same speed restriction as a 50 year old vehicle driven by a 90 year old man. As you say rich people are not affected significantly by fines.

      Juan - 2012-01-31 02:55

      Well when it comes to the rules of the road, it must cater for the lowest common denominator. Some of us can drive a car safely at 200km/h and knows when it's safe to drive at such speeds. Others well unfortunately doesn't have that ability and the law has to cater for the less able drivers, not the more abled ones.

      Rob - 2012-01-31 10:32

      @maseratifittipaldi Get real, the conditions, including capabilities of other road users, are not conducive to unfettered speeding. You want a list, road surface, animals, drivers, vehicles are just a few on that list. Maybe we are not back to the guy walking in front with a flag, but maybe not so far off. You ignore these factors and you are asking for trouble. Speed limits and violations are not just revenue generating, they also classify people into groups, and the members of the group that drive at 200km plus are outliers and need to be discriminated against to get them to take notice of the reality on our roads today.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-01 23:48

      Rob, anybody unaware of that "list"- and it is a long one- should not be on the road. My point is that the driver should be in control. His judgement should be the guide, not arbitrary speed limits. I once posed the following question (which I think is illustrative) to which I received no intelligent reply. (And then we wonder why so many people get killed on our roads) " How fast would you travel through the Kalahari on an open stretch of road,governed by a 120km/h speed limit, on a moonless, sandblown night, when the kudu's are restless, on (a) A 30T Truck (b) A delivery vehicle (c) A Toyota Tazz (d) A BMW M3 (e) A Superbike?

  • Bokfan - 2012-01-30 21:08

    Suspended? Suspended? this criminal and the bloody beak should be suspended from the nearest tree.

  • Clive - 2012-01-30 21:52

    Totally ridiculous. Is this what is meant by zero tolerance? The prosecutors should appeal this slap on the wrist.

  • keith.gough - 2012-01-30 23:18

    R500 for me driving 95 in a 80 zone. Should have gone 195 and got off scott free.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-30 23:32

    I am amazed at the venomous comments directed at this guy - he did not cause an accident, nobody was hurt - people show more outrage with regards to people speeding than they do to real criminals like murderers, rapists and thieves. I cannot understand why the real menaces on the road like unroadworthy vehicles, incompetent drivers, inconsiderate drivers etc. are not fined R15,000 or more. When was the last time that you heard of an unlicensed driver being fined R15,000 - no they just get arrested and are released on their on recognizance only to carry on driving their scrap causing more accidents for which they are never punished Justice is truly blind

      anthony.kleynhans - 2012-01-31 08:49

      well put it this way if all criminals were jailed who would be on the outside running the country. we are all guilty of some crime but do not always get caught. a driver was pulled over for speeding ( driver to officer why did you not pull the other cars off i was only speeding behind them)officer to driver if you go fishing do you always catch the first fish that swims near you. it is as i have mentioned in another article this morning make public transporters have their vehicles go through the roadworthy test every year before issuing the new license

      keith.gough - 2012-01-31 09:42

      I think it has more to do with consistency. If he was cauught in KZN he would probably been fined R40,000

      Rob - 2012-01-31 10:41

      Seems to be that the venom is mostly directed against the judge and judicial system. The driver was, amongst other things, an opportunity to set standards and an example. Once again authority failed to do that, that is a failure that reverberates through many people's daily lives. Is it really suprising that people are vitreolic?

  • DJPJVS - 2012-01-31 06:36

    The Government should understand that he was only trying to speed services to the nation. If the Government followed him we would never had any problems in service delivery.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-31 07:18

    I got a R300 fine for parking "illegally" during a big rugby match. This guy gets a suspended sentence. I guess I am more of a danger than he is...

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-31 07:18

    Viva Justice...

  • Cylious - 2012-01-31 07:36

    its not the speedsters that kill.. its these old jalopies on the road that are completely unsafe and unroadworthy that drive 60 in a 120 zone inciting road rage

  • djfunck - 2012-01-31 08:01

    You see two other stories in News24 about tractors killing people. Two tractors killed 9 people in total. Were they speeding. NO. Irrefutable proof that speed does not kill. Idiots do.

  • comurray - 2012-01-31 09:26

    Our maximum speed on highways is 120 kph so why are vehicle dealers allowed to sell cars that are capable of doing speeds in excess of 180 kph??

  • Rob - 2012-01-31 09:31

    Building a fair and just society? Looks like a reward rather than a punishment. And don't forget, the judge was acting on our behalf

  • Fanie - 2012-01-31 09:57

    I get a parking fine of R50-00, where i was parked 20m away from the road. my car was pointing the wrong way. i had to pay. Now if i travel at 200kmh i get fined but don't have to pay after endangering other people on the road. This is a joke or are we living in la la land.

  • Joe - 2012-01-31 10:04

    How on earth does a 22 year old afford a 330 BMW , I've been working my ass off for 12 years and can only afford a 1990 something car. He is clearly one of those "tools" who drives an expensive car and stays at home. Secondly, I am yet to receive a speeding fine for the simple reason that if I get wacked with a R1000 fine then I cannot pay my bills. I don't speed because I am a responsible adult and somewhat poor........

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