Jailed jock 'missed Big Bubba'

2012-03-07 07:13

Johannesburg - Controversial 5FM radio personality Gareth Cliff has taken to social media site Twitter to clarify reports that he was arrested for speeding in Pretoria on Tuesday night.

He was, for doing more than 180km/h in a 120 zone, but said on Twitter: "Rumours of my imprisonment are greatly exaggerated."

Cliff phoned in to a morning radio talk show at about 6.15am today to explain he had been on his way home from Johannesburg airport after flying in from Durban and was very tired. "You know how it is," he said, "you're tired and you just want to get home and you don't watch your speedometer closely enough.


"The next thing I knew were blue lights behind me and I was taken off to the police station but I only spent a few minutes in a real police cell - and no, I didn't meet Big Bubba!"

He said the police were very efficient but he couldn't believe there was so much paperwork involved in an arrest for speeding.

Gauteng traffic police spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo said Cliff was arrested after being caught at 182km/h on the R21 in Lyttelton. He was ordered to ppear in court in Pretoria on Wednesday to face charges of speeding and reckless or negligent driving.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was unaware of Cliff's arrest last night and refused to comment until he had all the relevant information.

The news of the "shock jock's" arrest began trending on Twitter, under the hashtag FreeGarethCliff. Some users expressed their sympathy for the man but one said: "Just because he's the best radio host in the country doesn't mean we just overlook his wrongdoings."


  • Lourens - 2012-03-07 07:51

    So if you are tired,it gives you an excuse for speeding. It just makes the whole thing worse and you should actually slow down when you feel tired. But oh yes I forgot, you are the MAN and knows everything.

      Sheda - 2012-03-07 22:11

      A tired driver IS MORE DANGEROUS than a DJ with a loose mouth...

  • naolifant - 2012-03-07 08:36

    but how do you justify doing 180km/h? He should be the one leading from the front in terms of road carnage awareness. Gareth, just say sorry, I was wrong. We all make mistakes. Even your nemesis Blade Nzimande will respect you, lol.

  • Willie - 2012-03-07 09:01

    Wow. 180km/h. Seeing how people are freaking out, it must be the fastest that anybody has ever done, ever! How could he possibly have survived that? The G force alone should have broken his car up in a thousand pieces! O my word! That is SO fast!

  • David - 2012-03-07 12:54

    What car was he driving ?

      gregbecker - 2012-03-07 13:00

      Range Rover Evoque

  • johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-03-07 15:55

    Don't fine him, put him away!! He of all people should have known better!!!

      Art - 2012-03-08 19:52

      Johannes... you just pee's off because your "TT" could NEVER reach that speed..... (Toyota Tazz)

  • nbasson - 2012-03-07 17:31

    Meh, this guy is a douche bag.

      Art - 2012-03-08 19:52

      I bet you ALWAYS drive 120km/h on the freeway..... ALWAYS!

      Frank - 2012-03-09 12:15

      ja,he`s a tool.

  • Art - 2012-03-08 19:50

    Me thinks he would have HURT "BIG BUBBA"..... LOL!

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