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Famous 'n Dangerous Behind the Wheel

2010-03-09 12:56

South African stars seems to be making a habit of driving drunk and dangerously. Let's take a look at the rap sheet.

Molemo Maarohanye, also known as rapper JubJub, may have been able to walk out of Survivor, but he won't be able to leave this island of shame. He and a friend have been arrested on charges of culpable homicide after they engaged in a 'deadly dice' with their cars and killed four youths. Read the full News24 report here. 

JubJub is just the latest in a too long list of South African 'celebrities' who make a habit of driving dangerously, whether they're overindulging in drugs or speed (velocity, not ephedrine).

Mdududzi Tshabalala – Mandoza
In 2008 Mandoza was involved in a car crash where his Chrysler Crossfire collided with a VW Jetta. The driver and passenger in the Jetta died at the scene while Mandoza sustained minor injuries. A case of culpable homicide was being investigated at the time, however Mandoza was not prosecuted.

In February this year Mandoza was involved in another car accident, also a Mini Cooper, but it's yet to be determined whether he was in fact the driver. Luckily no one was hurt in this incident.

At this rate, Mandoza needs to get a slower car and a really good lawyer – just in case.

Sibusiso Leope - DJ Sbu
DJ 'Speedy' was caught in 2007 driving his Audi TT at 257 km/h in a 120 zone. He was fined a whole R7000. I'm sure that made a real dent in his wallet... Justice did however hit him where it hurts when Audi reclaimed his sponsored roadster.

He too just can't seem to stay out of trouble. In March last year it was reported that Sbu crashed his girlfriend Terry Pheto's car in Johannesburg, and then fled the scene nogal! Three ADT security guards were injured in the accident.

The sad thing is that this just gets their names in the news and benefits their careers.

Thato Sikwane - DJ Fresh
5fm's Afternoon Drive (fancy that) jock pleaded guilty to reckless driving in August last year for driving 161 km/h in a 120 zone. He famously tweeted all the happenings from the court case and came out wearing a T-shirt proclaiming his guilt. He was fined R5000. 

Bryce Moon
The Bafana Bafana defender was arrested in June last year after his car collided with a pedestrian, Mavis Ncube, who later died in hospital due to the head injuries she had sustained. Moon claims that although he did have two beers before getting behind the wheel, he was not drunk. Okay then, big boy.

Steven Pienaar
These soccer stars sure do think they're invincible. Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar was arrested by Liverpool police on 23 February this year after failing to comply with traffic signals. This was mere hours after Everton's victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. He was charged with drunk driving but it's suspected that this run-in with the law will not influence his chances of playing for Bafana in the FIFA World Cup in June.

The list is probably much longer, but not everything makes the papers. Let's hope this 'trend' becomes unfashionable very fast and stars stop wearing their egos on their speedometers. Do you know of any heavy-footed celebs we haven't mentioned? Tell us!

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