DJ Black Coffee nabbed for speeding
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.