Mayor’s drivers arrested


SPEED kills and the Road Traffic Inspectorate has proved that they will have zero tolerance for offenders this season. Even the drivers for the mayor of Ubuhlebezwe Municipality are not above the law.

RTI arrested the driver of Mayor Zamo Nxumalo’s car, as well as his back-up driver, on charges ranging from speeding to the unauthorised use of blue lights.

They were caught at a speed in excess of 172km/h on Monday morning.

The excuse was, apparently, Mayor Nxumalo was late for a morning meeting.

His drivers, who are yet to be identified, were seen travelling northbound on the N2 near the Park Rynie off-ramp by a RTI officer heading southbound.

The officer radioed his base, which dispatched a high speed pursuit vehicle to intercept the speeding duo. Both the driver of the SUV and BMW were pulled over and arrested.

The mayor, however, was allowed to travel on to his meeting in the SUV, but only once the blue lights had been confiscated.

With this recent arrest, the Park Rynie Road Traffic Inspectorate is sending out a strong message to road users during the festive season.

Despite the 222km/h speeding record standing strong, one road user arrested on Thursday, December 8, did manage to get close to breaking it – 209km/h.

Included in the recent arrests was the driver of a heavy motor vehicle transporting horses on the N2 northbound near the Scottburgh off-ramp. He was travelling at 125km/h.

More recently, three road users were caught on the N2 on Friday, December 9, travelling at speeds of 170, 171 and 175km/h.


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Juan Venter

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