“I just told him (the officer) that if he gives me the ticket that makes him my boyfriend from then on, which means then he must pay for the ticket. Needless to say, I didn’t get the ticket!” – Itumeleng Motuba, via Facebook
“Frankly, I haven’t ever given an excuse. I just say sorry and try to pay my fines in time. Sorry to be such a wet blanket, but we are trying to get the rule of law to work in our country.” – Helen Zille, DA leader
“I once stopped someone for talking on a cellphone while he was driving. He said: ‘I was listening to voice messages.’ – Eugene Msomi, eThekwini Metro Police
“I once took a turn into a bus lane and when the cops stopped me, I told them I was lost.” – Nontobeko Mthethwa, journalist, Johannesburg
“People can be quite creative and say things like: ‘I just pulled out of the parking.
That’s why I don’t have my seat belt on’ – while they are on the freeway.” – Lungile Lukhele, Ekurhuleni Metro Police
“I don’t remember. I’ve not been driving myself for over a decade now.” – Fikile Mbalula, minister of sport and recreation – Compiled by Lerato Sejake
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