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'Blue light' mayor hit 235km/h

2012-08-07 14:20

BLOEMFONTEIN - Sasolburg mayor Brutus Mahlaku and his driver were pulled over by Free State traffic cops while driving at 235km/h on the N1.

Die Volksblad reported that the driver, former traffic officer Elliot Sefatsana, was speeding in Mahlaku's white Mercedes near the Verkeerdevlei toll gate and apparently accelerated away from police after turning on his "blue lights".

'BOSS WAS LATE'

He was eventually pulled over 30km down the highway.

Sefatsana hauled out the "my boss was late" excuse, saying Mahlaku was late for a meeting with Free State premier Ace Magashule. The driver was arrested but later released on bail of R1000.

Municipal spokesman Gino Alberts confirmed that the mayor had a meeting with the premier.

Police spokesman Sergeant Fikiswa Matoti said Sefatsana would appear in court again on August 28 2012.

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Comments
  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-07 16:25

    In a civilized, normal country, not a banana republic like we have become, the driver would have had his license suspended for a year, given a huge fine for him to pay out of his own pocket, and the mayor fired, as he had allowed the driver to speed as he wished. In this case, with tax payer’s money, and high powered legal defence, all will just be swept under the carpet, and regarded as a non incident.

      snkomo - 2012-08-07 17:51

      I have see numerous articles on these speeding ministers but sadly there's nothing on how they are dealt with. Being a minister or having a blue light flashing on your dashboard does not stop you from causing accidents. This is total rubbish, justice is raped every single day in this country.

      Ecosse.Nkosi - 2012-08-08 10:13

      In a civilised country the driver would have been immediately breathalysed, given an immediate 1 year ban for the speeding, would be given 12 penalty points on his licence ensuring he would not be able to drive for a further 2 years after his ban is finished and would be fined from between £1000 to £10 000. There would be no exception made as his boss is only a hick town mayor. If it transpires that he was under instruction from the mayor, the said mayor would also find himself in court for aiding and abetting a criminal offence. In the UK only members of the Royal Family and the PM are afforded a \Blue Light\ police escort, but even they have to obey the road traffic rules.

  • snkomo - 2012-08-07 17:51

    I have seen numerous articles on these speeding ministers but sadly there's nothing on how they are dealt with. Being a minister or having a blue light flashing on your dashboard does not stop you from causing accidents. This is total rubbish, justice is raped every single day in this country.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-07 19:36

    How much more must the civilized SA public take from these semi-literate, self opinionated , over fed and overpaid incompetents who do not have the slightest interest in the lives of others. I can tell you that I would not be responsible for my actions if this goon and his driver wiped out my wife and my three kids, so he could get to some useless, time wasting, non productive, meeting with a table full of like goons. The SA public, in co-operation with the DA, should start a mass campaign to have the mayor and his driver each receive R 25 000 fines which they must each personally pay. The driver must have his license suspended, and both must be immediately fired , as the evidence against them is totally irrefutable. The only propaganda we get from the road authorities to reduce the carnage on our roads is "DRIVE ALIVE - SPEED KILLS" What gives these scum bags the right to think that they are above the law, and can carry on being criminally negligent. The public need to stand together on this one, and make sure a legal precedent is set, as how to deal with this blue light menace, endangering the lives of law abiding citizens. They were trapped at exactly double the legal speed limit, and technically only the tyres of a Formula 1 race car, can survive such maintained high speed. His municipality is probably insolvent under his able management.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-08-08 09:37

    All SA politicians need a compulsory course in time managment to learn to plan and schedule properly. Being late for a meeting is no reason for flouting the speed laws. When the SAPS pulled Winnie over the SAPS members were fired. Will these FS Traffic Officers also be fired?

  • peter.vanzyl.39 - 2012-08-08 11:17

    Jail the Idiot!! Blue lights or not, he has gone from "upholding"? the law to blatantly breaking it!!

  • qungisbindi.mafendana - 2012-08-08 13:08

    He wasn't late, he was delayed. LOL Another example of "Do as we say, not as we do"

  • kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-08 14:26

    if your 20mins late leave 25 mins earlier !!

  • colin.ashby.35 - 2012-08-08 14:33

    they never heard of cellphones.its quicker.

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