The Citizen (Gauteng)

Reprieve as Caster avoids criminal record

- Bernade e Wicks

Internatio­nal track star Caster Semenya looks likely to escape her recent speeding charges with little more than a rap over the knuckles – and no criminal record.

The National Prosecutin­g Authority yesterday confirmed that when Semenya appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court last week on charges related to speeding, she conceded to having been driving “above the relevant limit” and was enrolled in a diversion programme.

This, it is believed, will involve some 50 hours of community service.

She is due back in court in August, when – if the prosecutio­n is satisfied she has successful­ly completed the programme – the charges against her will likely be withdrawn.

Diversion is open to some child and first-time offenders as an alternativ­e to having their cases prosecuted through the courts.

If they’re willing to admit to their offences and take responsibi­lity, it allows them the opportunit­y to atone for their transgress­ions through community service.

It also allows them to avoid criminal records.

Semenya was nabbed for speeding on the N14 highway, in Centurion, last Wednesday.

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