DJ Black Cof­fee nabbed for speed­ing

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Pop­u­lar House mu­sic DJ Black Cof­fee was ar­rested on Christ­mas eve af­ter he was clocked do­ing 200km/h in a Maserati.

Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (RTMC) spokesper­son Si­mon Zwane said Black Cof­fee (39), whose real name is Nkosi­nathi Ma­phu­mulo, was caught driv­ing over the le­gal speed limit of 120km/h on the N1 high­way on the West Rand in Gaut­eng.

Black Cof­fee was held at the Florida Po­lice Sta­tion for reck­less driv­ing and was re­leased on R1 000 bail the same day. He is due to ap­pear in court to­mor­row. Yes­ter­day, the DJ’s phone rang unan­swered, but took to Twit­ter to apol­o­gise to his le­gion of fans. “As some of you may have learned that on the eve of Christ­mas, 24 Dec I com­mit­ted an un­for­tu­nate of­fense of driv­ing be­yond the rec­om­mended speed limit. My oc­cu­pa­tion as a Dj, re­quires long dis­tance trav­el­ing and on that night I was on the way to ful­fill an­other of my work obli­ga­tions. While on the way I re­ceived a fam­ily emer­gency call which com­pelled me to drive back home as a mat­ter of ur­gency. It was around this hour (23h00) that I re­gret­tably ex­ceeded my speed limit and in hind­sight should have been more cau­tious. I am aware that this is the sea­son most rife with road car­nage, there­fore, ad­her­ing to the road laws, tak­ing the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions in line with our coun­try’s Ar­rive Alive cam­paign I am in­clined to ex­press my deep­est re­grets. Although I had never com­mit­ted an of­fense of this na­ture be­fore, it is also not my in­ten­tion to sent the wrong mes­sage but rather en­cour­age other driv­ers to drive safely.”

RTMC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Makhosini Msibi said ear­lier in the week that since the fes­tive sea­son be­gan, they had ob­served “un­ac­cept­able” and “ir­re­spon­si­ble” be­hav­iour among driv­ers, who ex­ceeded the speed limit, drove un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and used un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles.

Un­like Black Cof­fee, other speed­sters were not so lucky and spent their Christ­mas in po­lice cells.

Zwane said a mo­torist who drove his North Westreg­is­tered BMW at 162km/h on the R30 was ar­rested in The­unis­sen in the Free State.

Another BMW driver was caught do­ing 195km/h at 2.37am on Christ­mas morn­ing on the N1 south. The driver spent time at Tier­poort po­lice cells in Tsh­wane, said Zwane.

Two mo­torists were caught for ex­ceed­ing the speed limit in the Free State, but Zwane did not have the de­tails.

And a taxi driver who tried to bribe cops with R630 also spent his Christ­mas be­hind bars.

Zwane said the driver was spot­ted driv­ing reck­lessly on Jo­han­nes­burg’s Wil­liam Ni­col road on Christ­mas Eve by mem­bers of the Na­tional Traf­fic Anti-Cor­rup­tion Unit.

“The driver was first no­ticed when he al­legedly threw an empty beer can out of the win­dow of his minibus taxi. He was fol­lowed and ob­served as he drove reck­lessly be­tween traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans, and through red traf­fic lights.”

Zwane said sta­tis­tics on speed­ing driv­ers, fines is­sued, ac­ci­dents and fa­tal­i­ties on the roads would be is­sued next week.

By De­cem­ber 23, at least 1 900 mo­torists had been ar­rested for drunk driv­ing af­ter 140 000 driv­ers were tested for al­co­hol coun­try­wide.

Zwane said 157 peo­ple were ar­rested for driv­ing with fake driver’s li­cences, while 117 peo­ple had so far been ar­rested for speed­ing.

The high­est speed recorded is 234km/h by a Porsche driver in the Free State.

More fo­cus would be di­rected on sub­urbs, vil­lages and towns to curb the deaths of pedes­tri­ans, which ac­count for 40% of road fa­tal­i­ties, said Zwane.

“We will still be on the main roads, but we will di­vert at­ten­tion there to re­duce pedes­trian deaths.”

Road deaths de­creased by 5.34% in 2015, com­pared with 2014, when 1 677 peo­ple were killed.

Gaut­eng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Lim­popo were re­spon­si­ble for 63% of all fa­tal­i­ties on the coun­try’s roads.

Traf­fic on the N4 free­way and at Le­bombo bor­der post to Mozam­bique had sub­sided sub­stan­tially yes­ter­day morn­ing, with very few ve­hi­cles and peo­ple cross­ing be­tween the coun­tries.

The SA Rev­enue Ser­vice (Sars) had pro­cessed 31 000 trav­ellers us­ing the Beit Bridge bor­der post by De­cem­ber 23.

The rev­enue ser­vice said it had de­ployed 200 ad­di­tional staff mem­bers at the bor­ders to fa­cil­i­tate move­ment of ve­hi­cles, cargo and peo­ple.

Sars spokesper­son Sandile Memela said he did not have sta­tis­tics for other bor­der posts.

He said the in­flux at bor­ders would sub­side by Jan­uary 18.

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