Cliff blames media for postponed case

2012-03-08 09:00
Gerhard Pretorius
Johannesburg - Idols judge and 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff blamed the media on Wednesday for not reaching a plea agreement with the state after he was arrested for speeding and reckless or negligent driving.

Cliff told Beeld outside the magistrate's court in Centurion on Wednesday that the great media interest in his case foiled the plea agreement plans.

He was arrested on Tuesday after he was caught by Gauteng traffic officers on a Pretoria highway for allegedly driving 182km/h in his black Range Rover Evoque.

He was on his way home after attending an Idols recording in Durban.

The Lyttleton police released him on bail of R1 500 soon after and warned him to appear in court on Wednesday morning.

The case was postponed and transferred to the Pretoria Magistrate's Court in the city centre.

'I am guilty'

Cliff claimed the reason for the transfer was because the media was "running around" and causing "chaos" at the court in the city centre.

He believes he has the right to pay a guilt acknowledgement fine and thought the matter could've been resolved on Wednesday already.

After his appearance in court, Cliff said the legal process must now run its course, but he was upset, because it will be time-consuming.

"I would however not be in this position if I had not been speeding.

"I am guilty of driving too fast and it was stupid of me," he said.


Before his court appearance on Wednesday, he changed his Twitter profile picture to that of The Stig, the famous racer of the British TV motoring programme Top Gear.

Cliff will appear in the magistrate's court again on March 16.

On Wednesday Twitter was buzzing about Cliff's arrest and evoked mixed feelings.

Noelene Mostert tweeted that "arrogance will eventually catch up with you, even if it is at 182km/ph
Another Twitter user Shane Louw said Cliff should not be favoured because he is a famous person. "Pay what the average man would pay."

Michael Darcio tweeted, "Isn't it funny how red, white, and blue represent Freedom..........until you see it in a rear-view mirror #GarethCliff"


  • Donald - 2012-03-08 09:20

    Stop crying you big baby. You are a so called celeb, so you will receive the attention. next time dont go over 128km/hr

  • Janice - 2012-03-08 09:22

    Leave Gareth Cliff alone, he is just a normal human being!!!

      Amanda-Leigh - 2012-03-08 09:26

      Any other "normal human being" would have the common sense to not drive @ 182km/h, any "normal human being" would have his or her licence revoked. As a "normal human being" he should let justice takes its course and stop whining. If his vehicle had collided with another, doing that speed, can imagine the carnage?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 10:12

      @Amanda, no your license does not get revoked at 182km/h, you showing a clear vendetta towards Gareth to the point of irrationality. He has let justice take its course that is why he is in court.. You sound very bitter, did he reject you at any stage in your life?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 10:12

      @Amanda, and he didn't crash into another vehicle, so you can stop imagining if it did.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-08 12:25

      @Amanda-L. I am a normal person (I think) and I have travelled in excess of 120k speed limit. Have you never gone over the speed limit. Try it one day, 180-----240k is lekker on a bike too. Before I forget, please crap on "The Blue light brigade" as well.

      Martin - 2012-03-08 13:24

      @ Andrew.If someone tells you to jump in the fire would you?He has never told anybody to speed.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 09:22

    Wow, talk about sensationalism...LOL! There is no such thing as a plea bargain in a speeding case.. *sigh*

      Barker - 2012-03-08 09:43

      But thers is for Reckless and Negligent driving which gives you a criminal record.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 10:10

      Yes, but he isn't being charged for that.... He has already indicated he will be paying the admission of guilt.. No criminal record.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-08 10:46

      PointBlank, you really love the guy don't you?.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 15:31

      @Jacqui, not really but I do hate hypocrites..

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 15:32

      With a name like "Shoosh" I would be careful who you call a bum buddy... When you coming out the closet, Shoosh?

  • Hallo - 2012-03-08 09:25

    You ARE the media. Own medicine not so tasty.

  • Chris - 2012-03-08 09:45

    Such a big talker about freedom of the press until it doesn't suit him.

  • Abie - 2012-03-08 09:54

    Pappa wag vir jou!!!!

  • Johan - 2012-03-08 10:08

    "Pay what the average man would pay." That is actually not fair. The same fine that is peanuts for a rich businessman driving a Porsche, can easily bankrupt a student driving an old VW beetle. I believe some countries fine you a percentage of your yearly income. That I think is more fair.

      heinrich.crouse - 2012-03-08 10:32

      I like that idea.

      Mike - 2012-03-08 20:40

      But the fine is not meant to be any form of punishment - it's just another way to tax motorists. Fining people any amount does not make them slow down.

  • Ant138 - 2012-03-08 10:11

    He should be fired from Idols & 5! His transgressions are worse compared to that of Mara, Joost & even Darren.

  • sbriedenhann - 2012-03-08 10:13

    The problem is, he's proud of it! Anyone that puts a pic of the Stig as their profile pic absolutely is. Speeding kills. And then you have idiots like this who are semi-role models to SA's youth.

  • Bee2205 - 2012-03-08 10:13

    Oooo, look at all the perfect people commenting!!!!

      RealityDan - 2012-03-08 10:27

      And the speedsters. lol

      Derde - 2012-03-08 11:16

      oohh..look at the woman who has never lost a child due to someone speeding and driving like a d@@s!

      Kirsten - 2012-03-15 16:06

      oooh look at idiots who degrade women by comparing speeding and killing children to the very bodily organs that produced them! Shut it keelvol

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-03-08 10:29

    LOL. You ARE the media Cliffy. I've never been so delighted by the things you say.

  • Michele - 2012-03-08 10:40

    Gareth Cliff needs to get over himself. Of course he received special attention. What normal person manages to get a court date less than 12 hours after being arrested to speeding? Perhaps if he had not gone on a tweeting rampage after the event, the media would not have made such a big deal of it. He is such a prima donna and is clearly loves to hate the media attention. The long and short of it is that had he not been driving recklessly and over the speed limit (per the charges brought against him), he would not be in this situation. Deal with it and move on.

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-08 10:42

    Well everybody else blame the media, so why not him?. Wasn't it his foot on the gas peddle then?.

  • valerie.rens - 2012-03-08 10:47

    You people nailing him are just a laugh! None of you ever gotten a speeding fine? You think you cant kill someone just as fast driving at 128km/hr or 80km/hr? Its so easy to throw stones when its an easy target like a celeb. Grow up and welcome to the real world where ALL adults bugger up once in a while.

      Mike - 2012-03-08 20:45

      Well said. I understand that very few fatal accidents occur with roadworthy vehicles driven on freeways by sober drivers because of high speed. Most of our deaths are caused by poor following distances, drunk drivers, unroadworthy vehicles, reckless driving at lower speeds.

  • Thelma - 2012-03-08 10:47

    Let's see where your arrogance will get you....moron!!!!!

  • Grant - 2012-03-08 10:51

    This morning I tuned into his show and he was joking about the indicent. Also he said he said he was tired when he was driving at 182km/h? How is that justifying anything?

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-08 11:02

    Look I can honestly say that Gareth Cliff is not my favourite person, as he isn't with many of you, but the fact remains he has taken full responsibility, he has admitted to being in the wrong, which is a lot more then most of you do, I'll bet most of you just whip out a R50 or R100 bribe and drive off. Come on give the guy a break.. But with that said, Gareth is a "celeb" and should expect media attention, so Gareth climb off that high horse & just let the law run it's course regardless of the media attention.. You did wrong and even though you have taken full responsibility, you have to remember there are consequences for your actions and unfortunately for you the media attention will be one of those consequences, so stop blaming them and just accept the situation for what it is.

      Zion - 2012-03-08 11:15

      Thanks for that. At least some see some merit in the guy and a recommendation is others reread the article properly, Bulldust Grant, he can take full responsibility and joke. Or do you want him to commit suicide. Your reference to Afrikaans box is in poor taste.

  • Lynnette - 2012-03-08 11:04

    Nuff said. Give the guy a break. He admitted to being foolish and he'll pay the fine. Anyone who listened to him yesterday on the radio, will also know that he said, he's sure to find a way to see the humor in this. Don't you think this is where the pic of the Stig comes in?

      Ashuvha - 2012-03-08 16:29

      Should we forgive corrupt officials too if they admit their foolishness?

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-09 11:44

      @Ashuvha, there is one big difference here, corrupt officials always try and find a way out, Gareth hasn't once tried to find a way out, he knows what he did was wrong and is prepared to accept the punishment... Corrupt officials expect to get off scott free and will do whatever it takes get off... Come on stop trying to compare..

  • Zion - 2012-03-08 11:10

    Despite what is said on these comments the guy has admitted guilt and taken the blame. Nor has he sought a way out of his dilemma. Give his some credit.

  • Amanda - 2012-03-08 11:16

    no point blake not @all. he do think hes the man.thy must teach him a lesson.

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-08 11:17

    Sometimes you just do something very stupid and afterwards you say: Why did I do that. It was really stupid of me. So if you get caught just except it. You also go to court if you exceded the speedlimit by a certain limit. No chance of paying a admitance of guilt fine. Also he is part of the media if I am not mistaken. I also think it is now customary to postpone a case. It gives the prosecutor a chance to look at your record. How many times did you get caught for speeding, did you pay your fines or are there still R20000 outstanding etc etc.

  • wesley.d.price - 2012-03-08 12:02

    Such haters! Point to ponder - whether you are driving at 121km/h or 182km/h, you are breaking the law. But I'm sure none of those commenting have driven at 121km/h. He's admitted he made a mistake and will let the law run its course, so drop it already!!!

  • Steven - 2012-03-08 12:17

    What a load of Crap all the people on this site have more than once been speeding maybe you didn't get caught but if not your day will come and hopefully you will get the same treatment you are giving Gareth ....He broke the Law and will pay for his mistake but he's not a Major criminal for speeding and Keelvol i bet you never drove fast in your life Hmmmmm he was just speeding I must do it at least 5 times a day and i sometimes get caught SO WHAT!!!!!!!! if he pays his fine then he's paid his penance LEAVE IT AT THAT!!!!!!!!!

  • tawanda.gatsi - 2012-03-08 12:27

    The media has no mercy Gareth, you also have your own opinions that you air daily. So let them have their time, at your expense.lolest!

  • Mark - 2012-03-08 12:30

    Hahahaha what a A-HOLE that's what happens when you live your life in the media, you can't switch it on and off as you please.

  • rboy24 - 2012-03-08 12:48

    Only 182 KM/H , Haibo,,, Pathetic, next time do 220

  • allen.visser - 2012-03-08 13:05

    You are such a clown Gareth Cliff. They should kick you off Idols too, then more people would watch. And while they are at it, you are a useless opinionated radio presenter. Pack it up you.....clown....

  • Matthew - 2012-03-08 14:02

    Its amazing how many people who comment on News24 claim to never do anything wrong. Shut your faces, i guarantee you have all driven to fast at some or other time. This just shows that the JMPD have brainwashed all you stupid people into believing that speeding should be punishable by harsh sentences. I drive at whatever speed i want to and no metro cop will ever stop me. Im not stupid, i just refuse to believe that the only punishable crime in this country is speeding. Wake up people, you are bound by society!

  • lefnkompela - 2012-03-08 14:22

    and what does his driving have to do with idols??????? He clearly apologized and took full responsibility for his actions mense!!!!

  • Jozan - 2012-03-08 14:24

    If he was anybody else he would have paid the fine and been sent on his merry little way. Personally I don't care much about his fate either way, but it seems rather pointless wasting so much time on his case when I have yet to meet a person who hasn't been passed by a blue light brigade going at extreme speed. Maybe if they started prosecuting the blue lighters with the same fervor that they reserve for other motorists, I could be persuaded to care. Until then, nope.

  • Sanet Oelofse - 2012-03-08 15:10

    Wow! They pick the most awkward photos to publish of him.

  • Ashuvha - 2012-03-08 15:12

    Is this the stupid "good riddens" guy,lock him up and suspend his licence.he is worst than those pretoria guys who were driving at 170km/h. The courts are prejudice they only give a slap on the wrist for some people and harsh punishment for some.Why is the pigspotter still roaming the streets,he is a criminal,he deserves to be in a hole with big daddy making love to him.

  • Ashuvha - 2012-03-08 15:46

    news24 doesn't like my opinion about mr good riddens,they delete my comments

  • kerrimg - 2012-03-08 16:25

    will 5fm fire him nope problery not they keep the worse DJ on air

  • acsteyn - 2012-03-08 17:48

    Pay the fine and go home and learn from it' Like anyone else.

  • Candice - 2012-03-09 08:14

    Love the car...#speed 247 GP

  • Phillip - 2012-03-09 10:17

    Any Land Rover driver doin more than 110km/h deserves an award!!!!

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