No mercy on the roads, minister warns

2011-11-16 21:43

Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has welcomed a R44 000 fine imposed on a Gauteng accountant for speeding.

"We want to repeat our warning that absolutely no mercy will be shown to any road user who disobeys rules of the road, particularly as we head towards the December holidays," he said on Wednesday.

A 32-year-old accountant was fined R44,000 earlier in the day for speeding on the N14 near Krugersdorp.

Brain Ely was arrested on the N14 between Muldersdrift and Zwartkops in the morning.

He was caught clocking 206km/h in a 120km/h zone on his Kawasaki superbike, said Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo.

"He was taken to Muldersdrift police where he was charged with reckless and or negligent driving and an alternative count of exceeding the general speed limit," she said.

He appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court shortly after he paid R1 500 bail at the Muldersdrift police station.

He was found guilty and sentenced to a fine of R44 000 or 90-days imprisonment, of which half was suspended for three years.

"We welcome the R44 000 fine imposed by the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on a motorcyclist who was arrested for travelling at 206km/h in Gauteng today [Wednesday]," said Ndebele.

He said more than 21 000 drunk drivers were arrested and more than 60 000 un-roadworthy vehicles were removed from the roads in the past year.

  • Mark - 2011-11-16 21:58

    Are you short of money again?

  • GAMMAT - 2011-11-16 22:26

    The honorable minister should install a logging device with gps coordinates on his vehicle and submit the monthly report in public.

      GAMMAT - 2011-11-16 22:28

      In fact ALL speedcops should have this fitted. I rode 120km on the highway today and two metro cars sped past me doing at least 150 to 160. They are hypocrites BIG TIME.

  • Fred - 2011-11-17 04:17

    You pathetic little twerp - you useless overpaid clowns say the same things every year yet the taxis continue to flout the laws with impunity and the carnage increases. Either you are paid off by the taxi owners to turn a blind eye or you are scared to act. Which is it? Because until you enforce the laws on the major culprits, that section of the community that can brazenly thumb their noses at the rules of the land, then South Africa will remain a lawless country.

      johan.erlank - 2011-11-17 06:17

      @Fred, taxi drivers do not break the rules, they merely bend them a little, according to them... When I speed, I also merely bend the rules, not break them, and should not be fined.. :-)

      Fred - 2011-11-17 07:49

      @johan Well your comment was the first bit of stupid I will encounter today.

  • Willem - 2011-11-17 10:02

    The Metro Revenue services again. Does that hold true for the Blue light brigade as well Minister? The last time you opened your mouth it back fired. I think there is nothing wrong to make the roads safer, but using it as a tax collection point just loses you even more creditability which you do not have much of. I would like to challenge you. If no fines go towards anything to do with Metro Cops and all amounts are put into driver training, especially people involved in accidents, can go through a forced Advance driving coarse, accidents will drop and so will your creditability improve to something worth listening to.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-11-17 11:14

    What does this guy's profession has to do with anything?

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-18 20:54

    Ja well start with all the blue light pigs!

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