Minister's R64k 'need for speed'

2012-07-24 09:14

Earlier in July we reported on energy minister Dipuo Peters racking up a total of nearly R40 000 in traffic fines. Now it seems another minster has overtaken Peters in the Ministerial Traffic Fines Grand Prix by more than R24 000.

Mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu is currently on top of the cabinet ministers' podium with a total  total of R64 060 in fines.

A statement issued by James Lorimer, Democratic Alliance shadow minister of mineral resources, said that, in answer to questioning by his party, Shabangu replied that she had accumulated the staggering amount of fines between 2009 and 2012.


Shabangu's office replied to the DA detailing the amounts in fines, perhaps showing how staying in training helps:
2009 - 2010 - R2750
2010 - 2011 - R29 000
2011 - 2012 - R32 310

Her office did not specify the offences for which the fines were incurred.

Lorimer said: "If Shabangu has a need for speed, she should rather apply this to speeding up certainty around minerals policy, the lack of which continues to cost thousands of jobs."

Read the full breakdown of fines!

He added: "Our national ministers should be setting an example for the rest of the country to follow. Instead, they are showing the rest of South Africa that they have no regard for human life. They should be ashamed of themselves.

"It is only a matter of time before one of our speeding ministers claims a victim on our road."

Top traffic offending ministers 2012:
Mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu - R64 060
Minister of energy Dipuo Peters - R39 400
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson - R30 400.
Water and environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa - R12 625
Science and technology minister Naledi Pandor - R9800

Lorimer said: "President Jacob Zuma lamented over the weekend that 'the death of each citizen on the road is unacceptable and painful' and how, even though there are repeated deaths, 'we must not lose our collective sense of weeping'.

"Perhaps the president should invoke the same sentiment in his cabinet, given that their driving behaviour is evidently part of the pandemic that makes South Africa’s roads a killing field."

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-07-24 09:43

    As Judge Dredd famously said, "we can't break the law, we are the law!!!"

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-26 16:55

      is it a bird? ..... is it a plane? ...... NO, its SUPERDipuo

  • blou.bul.94 - 2012-07-24 09:45

    Who pays for the fines? Does the minister pay or does it come from our tax money?

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-07-24 10:38

      Well considering we already pay her salary I don't think we should also pay her fines........

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-07-24 09:52

    Oink, oink! Nuff said...

  • ian.flack.37 - 2012-07-24 10:06

    2009 - 2010 - R2750 2010 - 2011 - R29 000 2011 - 2012 - R32 310 So she's becoming better at it......

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-24 10:29

      Well, at least there is progress... pity that it's in the wrong department.. The ANC did say they were "speeding up" delivery, delivery of ministers to meetings!!

      betsy.dorris - 2012-07-25 14:43

      maybe she just hasnt found the brakes yet

  • shelley.pembroke.3 - 2012-07-24 10:10

    Why is this in the motoring section??

      les.stephenson.35 - 2012-07-24 13:53

      Because it happens on the roads in cars and therefore to our readers - and we don't like what's happening. - Editor

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-07-24 10:29

    Pay your bloody fines and set an example then hang your head in shame. Cannot believe you are allowed to get away with it, who the heck do actually think you are? above the law mmmmm?

      sedick.gydien - 2012-07-24 11:21

      They HAVE no shame, and do think they are above the law - they are. Evidence also indicate that they are above the law!!!! Sheik, Cele, Selebi, Yengeni, Cwele, Winnie, etc, and the Grand Daddy himself, Showerhead!!!!!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-24 10:30

    Yup, some are more equal then others! Oink oink...

  • anton.dwl - 2012-07-24 11:40

    since when can Miss Piggy drive?

  • flyswat - 2012-07-24 11:48

    Well done, lady. Don't worry about paying the fines. It's only our privilege as your loyal taxpaying servants to foot the bill for you... again. No worries, mate, really. It's on us. No problem. Don't mention it. Only a pleasure.

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-07-24 12:24

    And i always thought part of the oath they take, when they take office... is to uphold and defend the laws of the country...

      flyswat - 2012-07-24 14:17

      These are uneducated morons. Do you really think they even know what the word means? And they're such devious, lying, cheating, stealing crabs that they wouldn't even care anyway, even if they did know what it meant. Once those dollar signs appear in the eyeballs, any sort of decency escapes out the back door.

  • henk.theron - 2012-07-24 14:05

    All of them women?!

      flyswat - 2012-07-24 14:18

      Clearly they think they have balls.

  • flyswat - 2012-07-24 14:18

    Can a civilian arrest her?

      flyswat - 2012-07-24 14:19

      it... sorry

  • michael.digby.9 - 2012-07-24 15:14

    Shocking!!! Who pays these fines? Why are these people not arrested and held in jail until they pay their fines. Once again, ministers think they are above everyone else and above the law. Tax payers pay for their fancy fast cars...so taxpayers will pay their fines. What ROT!!!

      flyswat - 2012-07-25 12:49

      And then taxpayers have to pay for the cleanup after a horrific accident involving innocent school children...

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-07-24 15:52

    That face screams, "I AM THE LAW...!!" seen that EXACT same look in my neighbours face...."you owe me"

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-07-24 16:50

    Tina Jaagmoet seems to be racing around at high speeds if she is not sleeping nicely in her hotel beds.

  • Elton.duplooy - 2012-07-25 08:27


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