Gareth Cliff caught doing 182km/h

2012-03-06 23:03

Johannesburg - Controversial 5FM radio personality Gareth Cliff was arrested for speeding in Pretoria on Tuesday night, said Gauteng traffic police.

Cliff was caught driving 182km/h an hour in a 120km/h zone on the R21 in Lyttelton, said Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo.

He was expected to appear in court in Pretoria on Wednesday on charges of speeding and reckless or negligent driving, she said.

SA Broadcasting Corporation spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said he was unaware of Cliff's arrest and could not comment until he had all the relevant information.

The news of the shock jock's arrest began trending on social media site Twitter, under the hashtag FreeGarethCliff.

Some users expressed their sympathy for Cliff, but one said: "Just because he's the best radio host in the country doesn't mean we just overlook his wrongdoings."

Cliff, an avid tweeter, had not posted any updates since his arrest.

His last post - about an hour before - was a photo of a penguin at the Durban Idols audition.


  • Citroes - 2012-03-06 23:15

    Its not the weeeeeeeeeeeekend baby...

      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 11:45

      In jail they will be riding him for more than weeeeeeeeeeeekends baby

      Karien - 2012-03-07 14:17

      Look at him GOOOOOOOO!!!!

      Sheda - 2012-03-07 21:39

      hy's n' does

      Christo - 2012-03-08 13:06

      Well he does have more important things to say than some ministers. Maybe he was late for a meeting and forgot about his blue lights.

  • Walter Lamza Mogano - 2012-03-06 23:16

    Welcome to the club Gareth let's hear what u gotta say, u talk too much plus

      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 11:47

      His a STEREOtype...he made comments about speedsters, so lets see what he has to say about himself. Perhaps he should write a book about not being such a chop on the road...maybe readers will find that book interesting.

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-07 13:16

      His motto must be "Do as I say, don't do as I do!"

  • eon.engelbrecht - 2012-03-06 23:20


  • Linda Lindikhaya Mndayi - 2012-03-06 23:24

    Fact: on a quite open road we all exceed 120. I know I have, especially when driving alone. Question: should the 120 speed limit be reviewed or an 'autobahn' lane be considered during specific times? Objectivity is not easy but it's worth it's prize in gold.

      Morné - 2012-03-06 23:49

      Yes, and major theft starts with stealing one rand and getting away with it. As soon as you set yourself above others and believe the rules don't apply to you, you've lost the plot. I can see right here where the deterioration in the behavior of South African's on the road comes from.

      Helen Boyce - 2012-03-07 00:02

      I agree with u Linda..we all take our chances and some get caught and some don't..just because we know he's name don't make him any different!!

      Michael White - 2012-03-07 00:05

      Fact: when trying to convey the feeling of silence or emptiness in a sentence you place the e before the t. Question: should most South Africans be sent back to school for being illiterate and a complete overhaul of the education system conducted? Stupidity is not hard, but is sure makes life easier.

      maresa.botha - 2012-03-07 00:27

      Objectively - in Germany road traffic deaths doubled after speed limit was lifted in the very unregulated East Germany after reunification. Drinking and driving is also almost unheard of and cars far more likely to be road worthy (especially lights working properly). Towns near highways are also shielded from the noise from the highways which would be considerable if everyone was driving at 180km/hr not to mention the environmental impact of fuel consumption at those speeds. Not to mention the fact that pedestrians in our country cross highways as if its a walk in the park. Your facts and your objectivity are highly scewed and biased in order to justify your own breaking of the law and just not giving a damn about the consequences.

      Charlie - 2012-03-07 07:12

      Linda... 182KM/H? I personally don't drive that speed. Mainly because it is STUPID and irresponsible. And because I give a crap about fellow road users.

      tcCarla - 2012-03-07 07:55

      Linda, most people in Geramany obey the law and the cars have to go through a road worthy test every two years. If you are caught drunk on a bicycle (on the road) your drivers licence is suspended. An autobahn would simply not work in SA, imagine someone placing rocks on the road and you are travelling at 200, the roads also need to be in tip top condition for those speeds and people need to be mindful of each other

      Mike - 2012-03-07 08:13

      It wouldnt work in south africa, we would have taxi's doing 180km\h fully loaded, and just in general south africans cant drive properly.

      Grant - 2012-03-07 10:02

      You see Linda , Germany is one country in the world which is very different to others. Ever hit a pothole doing 150kh/h ...I dont think so or else you would be dead. The autobahn is an exceptionalyy well built and maintained piece of road.Often you cannot drive as fast as youd like and in other parts of Germany speed is strictly enforced. There are 180 other countries in the world that dont allow such liberal speeds. Most drivers in South Africa should appreciate that our speed limits are quite high incomparison to a lot of countries.There is no excuse for speeding and anyone who is caught doing the speed that Mr Cliff was caught at should be jailed. The autobahn is a stupid,irrelevant and utterly useless argument in the face of the 20 000 odd road deaths in our country most of those having to do with high speed.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-07 11:22

      What about the potholes then?, You find those in an autobahn in Germany.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-07 11:25

      Geez, i forgot the don't. The sentence should read, you don't find those in an autobahn in Germany. Sorry for that.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-07 17:11

      Not in this country, the drivers don't have enough discipline.

  • dericslab - 2012-03-06 23:40

    "Best radio host in the country" my ass! Lock him up for life!!

      Bryan - 2012-03-07 08:16

      Life?? Moron!!

      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 11:51

      The radio station will now be broadcasting from the police station until further notice.

      rrutherfoord - 2012-03-07 12:28


  • Sabelo Ngubane - 2012-03-06 23:40


  • David Venter - 2012-03-06 23:52


      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 11:57

      Take the following scenario into consideration: Let's say that that speeding range rover collided with a law abiding vehicle on the highway; the law abiding vechile is that of your relative or wife. She's killed at impact, due to the speed and mass of the other vehicle. Would you still post the same comment? Gareth is good at what he does, but his status doesn't make him above the law. So would you post the following: Gareth killed my wife/relative "FREE CLIFF!"? think about it. If we let people off the hook for breaking the law, merely because of their star status, than Jub jub might as well be free to speed around in a brand new mini cooper

      robert.cerff - 2012-03-07 12:33

      But RPhiri... that scenario didn't happen. That's the same as saying that everyone with a firearm should be arrested because somewhere in SA someone is shot. He was speeding, the standard punishment for doing so should apply. Honestly this whole Free Cliff / Hang him thing is nothing but piss poor media hype. Honestly... if it wasn't Cliff... would anyone care?

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-03-07 12:56

      @RPhiri - That does change one point of view. I agree that if you think what could have happened it does put a different spin on it. I also agree that he has a "Status", especially after making a comment about other drivers speeding and then doing it himself. That is very hypocritical of him. @Robert - RPhiri said what if. Taking your example of firearms, what RPhiri is saying in his example is like taking the firearm, loading it and pointing it into a crowd with the hope that something wouldn't happen. In both cases they should be arrested. Your argument regarding the firearms are thus flawed. However, I agree with your hype, but because it is him, it shows that many "status" individuals think they are above the law. If it was anyone else, they would have been locked away and would have spend the weekend in jail. Cliff was out under an hour. That's not right?

      Ryan - 2012-03-08 14:24

      Yes yes, But Rphiri...that didnt happen! So suck it up

  • Donovan - 2012-03-06 23:52

    Is it really true or April fool

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-03-07 00:05

      as true as the sky is blue :) he's in the cells as we speak

      James - 2012-03-07 09:14

      It's not April, fool.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 12:00

      No it's an April fools joke. the speeding range rover is actually a plot by aliens who are against Gareth because he took over the air waves instead of them. Ofcourse it's true! you being such a fool and it's not even April

  • Lunga - 2012-03-06 23:56

    Papa wag vir jou, Gareth.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 12:00

      Papa wag vir die Weeeeeeekend baby!

  • Rick - 2012-03-07 00:02

    His last tweet was of a penquin at Durban Idols audition an hour before he was caught in Pretoria speeding - Jeeezzz this guy is fast !!!!!! He is lucky they only caught him while coming to a standstill in Pretoria.

  • Warren - 2012-03-07 00:06

    No speech limits!!!

      Elisabeth - 2012-03-08 15:48

      First decent comment I have read as yet!

  • simon.botes - 2012-03-07 00:27

    "Rumours of my imprisonment are greatly exaggerated." @GarethCliff -!/GarethCliff/status/177156213501468672

      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 12:02

      His intelligence of being able to avoid breaking the law is also greatly exaggerated

  • jody.beggs - 2012-03-07 00:47

    Only 182km/h pathetic ! Damn the man.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 12:04

      My grandma drives faster than that, and now she has to pay bail with her pension. Wheel chairs at the old age home are just not fast enough

  • Ant138 - 2012-03-07 01:02

    Idiot - fines don't deter those who can afford it. Suspend his license for a year.

      rbphiri - 2012-03-07 12:04

      Better yet his mouth

  • danie.hanekom - 2012-03-07 01:21

    aaahhh sorry for you Mr personality...too fast too furious only behind the DJ mike my man. Go meet

  • Liam - 2012-03-07 02:23

    pitty i'm not gonna wake up ealry enough to catch the show. 182? what? was he driving a chico or something? haha.

  • Kim - 2012-03-07 04:40

    I would have loved to have been the fly on the dash when the cops stopped him. Give him a break guys, he was also late for an appointment!!

      vessela.hobson - 2012-03-07 08:24

      no......he was on his way home, and being late is no excuse for endangering others' lives

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 09:51

      All hail Queen vessela, the holier than thou..

  • Johan - 2012-03-07 05:56

    What now oinker,Motor mouth will get his self righteous day in court. He was probably visiting his mommy in a hurry.

  • Rodger - 2012-03-07 06:08

    Arrogant, couldn't care less attitude that's what its all about.Throw the book at him.He say sometimes you don't even look at the Speedo after flying back from Durban,surely after a long day you pay more attention to your driving?Darin Scott was clapped big time for using a word( k) to a man who owed him money and look what happened to him

  • Zion - 2012-03-07 06:17

    Lets see how he will talk his way out of this one.

  • Ann - 2012-03-07 06:50

    It's amazing that it's mainly men spewing forth dislike etc towards Gareth and climbing into his personality!. I enjoy Gareth, I don't agree with what he's done however there's no need to attack him personally on issues that have nothing to do with his speeding offence.

      Elizabeth.Baptista - 2012-03-07 08:49

      I agree Ann he is awesome as a person he made a mistake....IF there is anyone here that has not done any kind of bad deed....Then you can throw the first stone.

      Xhanti - 2012-03-07 10:30

      It's guys with low self-esteem Ann...

      Ann - 2012-03-07 18:46

      @Liz & Xhanti, you hit the nail on the head especially Xhanti "its men with low self esteem". Hang on sisters lets see how many thumbs down we get now!! There are much bigger issues in our beautiful county than Gareth speeding! Murder for example, and the fact that more people are murdered daily in SA than are killed in road accidents.

  • Stephen - 2012-03-07 06:52

    What this self important dork should perhaps watch is the episode of the British motoring programme Fifth Gear in which they conduct a crash test by slamming a Ford Focus into a concrete block at 120mp/h (roughly 10km/h more than he was going when they caught him) and see what would have happened to him if he had an accident at that speed... Chop.

      loueldon.beyersbergen - 2012-03-07 11:42

      I don't know any one that will be that dumb to do 200km/h straight into a wall. Do you know that the Ford Focus has brakes? Not any brakes, ABS brakes?

  • bizarro.jerri - 2012-03-07 06:53

    This is how many flying burrito brothers I give about this story...

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-03-07 06:57


      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 09:51


  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-03-07 06:57

    Who is this Gareth? And which Cliff is he from?

      Nduduzo Mkhwanazi - 2012-03-07 07:42


  • Koos van Laersdrif - 2012-03-07 06:58

    Lock the fake ratface up! Yay!

  • Charlene 'Epic' Potgieter - 2012-03-07 07:15

    There are ppl being murders and everyone is amped about Garreth speeding..... Wtf is wrong with society these days!?!? Ppl, get prioritized plz! For the love if god!

      Jason - 2012-03-07 07:20

      Well said Charlene!

      rosco.adams - 2012-03-07 08:54

      @Charlene, so if Gareth had accidentally hit someone and killed them, would your attitude change? There are billboards dedicated to the phrase "Speed Kills", just because he was caught and didnt kill anyone does not make it ok. People are getting murdered by speeding motorists so our priorities are in order, stop them BEFORE they murder, Gareth is not above the rest of them, so the same rules apply.

      Pieter - 2012-03-07 10:49

      Arosco.adams. Actually nobody has ever been killed by speed. It is the impact that kills. It is like saying "Driving kills". Without the impact, there can be no death.

      matvee111 - 2012-03-07 12:15

      charlene,FYI...if his speeding caused a fatal accident,he would have been charged with Murder...yep thats what the NPA would have done...

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-08 00:09

      Bwahahaha 2 cents! Sorry about the "thumbs down".

  • rian.engelbrecht - 2012-03-07 07:18

    182 is not that fast. Sure he was still in 2nd gear. I personally dont think its a big enough crime to bbe arrested.

  • Ingrid - 2012-03-07 07:19

    Who does he think he is!!!!!!. He broke the law and must suffer the conserquences and get kicked off 5FM. He was very very tied if so why was he even driving, he is stinking rich by not hire a driver for the evening. He will have a criminal record. He is quick enough to ridicule others now the boot is on the other foot.

      Bryan - 2012-03-07 08:58

      Ingrid.. Firstly, learn to spell. Then take your head out of your backside! Kicked off 5FM for speeding?? Are you for real or do you live in a tree?

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-07 18:30

      Ingrid, i think being fired from his job for speeding is a bit harsh, i don't even like Gareth Cliff all that much, but being fired for speeding, come on, get real... I think he deserved to be arrested & i do hope the punishment is applicable, but never wish someone out of their job, be careful what you sow you might just find yourself being fired from your job for a silly decision or mistake..

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-07 07:20

    Give him a break. Break that foot on the pedal.

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-03-07 07:22

    Not the first time he has done something incredibly stupid.

  • Sue - 2012-03-07 07:26

    Yikes people, there are a lot of you who dont like Gareth! Do yourselves a favour and just change the station when he is on and leave us all who adore Gareth to listen to him. I am sure he is just as angry with himself over this, afterall he is human!!! Give the guy a break!

  • Julian - 2012-03-07 07:36

    He was asked in an interview once what are his dislike's and one he mention was stupid people... well who's the stupid one now?

  • kazlynn - 2012-03-07 07:37

    Going to be late today, as the taxis are on strik!!!

  • Steve - 2012-03-07 07:38

    He can't really moan about crime in this country from this day forward, can he? I mean he doesn't live within the confines of the law himself...

  • christina.marais - 2012-03-07 07:41

    With Gareth having a criminal record now....Sasha could come back to take his place. 5FM is running out of DJ's!!!!!!

  • peter.vandermerwe3 - 2012-03-07 07:42

    Give the guy a break, only human.

      Derde - 2012-03-07 10:21

      why? Jub Jub is also human, so is the taxi driver who killed all those children when he BROKE THE LAW. Hypocrate.

  • Pat Bopilo - 2012-03-07 07:42

    After all he's human being who just messup wit SA Driving speed limit, he has 2 face da music.

  • Sandra - 2012-03-07 07:53

    Tosser, he can sit in prison like everyone else. Wonder what his excuse will be?

  • Nicolaas Prinsloo - 2012-03-07 07:59

    What are you on about people? Half of the cabinet and more than the majority of government employees have criminal records!! He'll be punished for what he's done I hope. Anyway - 183 in a 120 zone is the same as 100 in a 60 zone....or parking on a sidewalk. If you brake the law you brake the who wants to throw the first stone.

  • Sandi - 2012-03-07 08:03

    He just needed a blue light and it would have been okay!!!!!

  • vessela.hobson - 2012-03-07 08:22

    douchebag shoulda crashed and died

      Janice - 2012-03-07 09:24

      Sies man jy is baie lelik!!!!!!!

  • Dianne - 2012-03-07 08:35

    He is a tosser anyway....self opinionated and arrogant. Lets see him talk his way out of this one!

  • hugocoetzee.cpt - 2012-03-07 08:40

    Cannot wait for mr Smartie-pants to start blabbering about the incompetence of the police and justifying driving at that speed... Hope they make an example of him.

  • Paula - 2012-03-07 08:41

    Karma is a bitch hey gareth...But naturally you will get away from it your arrogant pompous

  • Elizabeth.Baptista - 2012-03-07 08:43

    We are all human

  • reinhard.pettenburger - 2012-03-07 09:20

    This is what is wrong with society. Thousands of people get caught speeding. (yes, we should not do it; but we all do. I am sure there is the exception to the rule but in general we are all guilty of it) but if a celeb get caught it becomes News! This is a waste of time, let him plead guilty to speeding pay the fine and have done with it.

  • veronica.deanboshoff - 2012-03-07 09:25

    Because you are a so called 'celeb'it does not been that you are a law unto yourself... he should be setting an example, fine him big time!! Definitely not my favourite cookie in the jar!!!!

  • Ruth - 2012-03-07 09:28

    Lol! And he always has so much to say about everyone else, and always has to pretend to be the moral, ethical man.... I do hope Bubba is waiting for him in prison!

  • Werner - 2012-03-07 09:37

    Jail time for him, or is he above the law as well !