Gareth Cliff pleads guilty, fined R10k

2012-03-15 13:50
Johannesburg - Radio DJ, Gareth Cliff, pleaded guilty to charges of contravening the Road Traffic Act in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

"I fully understand and recognise that my actions were wrong," Cliff acknowledged in a statement read out by his attorney, Werner Bruyns.

Cliff was sentenced to a fine of R10 000 or six months' imprisonment.

Chief Magistrate of the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, Desmond Nair, ordered that the suspension of his driver's licence not take effect.

He was arrested on March 7 after he was caught driving at 182km an hour in a 120km/h zone near Pretoria.

He was later released on bail.

He appeared in court last Wednesday but the case was postponed because there was an inquiry into whether his licence should be suspended.

Cliff took to his Twitter to announce his fate: "Breaking news!" Fined R10 000 for driving fast, but NOT recklessly by Pretoria Mag. Court. Don't speed.

He also posted a photo of himself from the courtroom, in which it appears as if he is behind bars.

Gareth Cliff

- Channel24


  • vaughan.greene - 2012-03-15 14:02

    go gareth

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-03-15 14:05

      to jail

      Janice - 2012-03-15 14:44

      GO GO GO GO GO Gareth!!!!! Good for you, you admidded what you did was wrong, and you will pay your dues, Well done!!!

      Rob - 2012-03-15 15:32

      Hmmmm...I see there are those who are still bitter about Gareths " state of the nation " address to Zuma, which really contained 100% fact & hard truth & really hit home. You handled this well too Gareth.

      Lewis - 2012-03-15 15:34

      It will be a mission getting a VISA to visit other countries with a criminal record.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-15 19:39

      The radio ain't enough ,now for some time on primetime TV. This is a prized example of a DROPKICK.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 10:22

      @Lewis, it doesn't apply to speeding...

      RSole - 2012-03-16 10:49

      Should have suspended the Pricks license

      Ian - 2012-03-16 13:41

      @JohncarlosBiza, you never broken the speed limit yourself?

  • Gichumz - 2012-03-15 14:04

    Lmao well done bru!!

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-15 14:05

    I knew all the talk about license suspension was laughable wonder people don't take the law too seriously.

  • Grant - 2012-03-15 14:09

    He should stop joke about it. Hy is oud en lelik genoeg om te weet "Speed Kills"

      jordaanjean - 2012-03-16 11:42

      Grant it has actually been proven scientifically that speed does not kill as much as vehicles that are not roadworthy. It is safer to drive way beyond the speed limit than it is to drive with "cold and flue" medication in your system.

      Tinky - 2012-03-16 12:41

      @Jean - definition of a "flue" - A flue is a duct, pipe, or chimney for conveying exhaust gases from a fireplace, furnace, water heater, boiler, or generator to the outdoors

  • Bongani - 2012-03-15 14:11

    Viva South African bill Clinton.I did not sleep with that woman or i did not drive that car fast. Yes i admit my speed was 182kmph, but i did not drive that car fast. You have to respect politicians.

      jordaanjean - 2012-03-16 11:43

      Bongani, he admitted that he was speeding. He also admitted that what he did was wrong. He has bee fined by the justice system for that. What more do you want. He is nothing like Bill.

  • Themba Majawonke Ntuli - 2012-03-15 14:15

    This Is Just Peanuts As You Can See The Disc Jockey Is Smiling

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 10:22

      Do you want him to fall to the ground sobbing?

      Rob - 2012-03-16 11:00

      If I had to give the government R10 000 for being stupid, I would cry!

  • Chez - 2012-03-15 14:26

    You see now Gareth. Not everyone thinks you are the end-all and be-all of the world. Get down off the pedestal you put yourself on!!

  • Juan - 2012-03-15 14:31

    Imm so our authorities like hitting on the soft targets. It's the unliscenced, unroadworthied taxis, driven by people who doesn't even have a liscence. They get fined and later they are back on the road. Those people take by far the most lives on our roads, as well as drunk drivers. Not the Gareth Cliffs of the world. I think 10 grand is outrageous.

  • Marc-leigh - 2012-03-15 14:33

    Guys this is wrong, I was caught speeding, last year November also on the R21 was doing 191km in a 100km zone and was only fined R1000.00 why do celebrities have to pay more when they get caught breaking the law!!!!

      Klipkop - 2012-03-15 15:33

      hahaha whatever..speeding is wrong! 191km/h frak me you suck. Why are (most) speed freaks as thick as bricks? Nice one Gert.

      johan.vanhoff - 2012-03-15 15:36


      Rob - 2012-03-16 11:02

      Yeah, I agree it is wrong! You should have had to pay at least R15 000 and spend some time in prison!

      Tinky - 2012-03-16 12:44

      Marc-leigh - I think you were dreaming that you were in the latest Bond movie....

  • Donald - 2012-03-15 14:33

    Only R10,000? No wonder he is smiling so much. Maybe they should take the value/class of car into consideration if it is the vehicle used in committing the crime. R10,000 for someone who can afford a Range Rover SUV is peanuts, hence his huge *please slap me* smile

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 10:24

      So a guy in a Mazda sting doing 182km/h (downhill of course) should be fined less?? ... Ok.

  • Kathleen - 2012-03-15 14:34

    Amazing how quickly Gareth Cliff was tried and found guilty when compared to offending ANC cadres whose cases drag on and on.

      Donald - 2012-03-15 14:38

      ANC cadres know NOTHING about speed Kathleen

      Peter - 2012-03-15 15:21

      It is because he admitted his guilt and took his punishment. Whereas the ANC folks deny responsibility.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 10:25

      Kathleen, he accepted responsibility, plead guilty, case closed.

  • John - 2012-03-15 14:38

    May be chump change for Gareth but extremely harsh under the circumstances. I'm willing to bet that a non-celeb would have got off with substantially less. He was on a highway for crying out loud!

  • Bronwyn - 2012-03-15 14:43

    Personally, I think R10 000.00 is too low. People should be fined a percentage of their salaries. Think about it , those who can afford fast cars, can afford a to throw away a portion of their salary!! Then this can go towards the upkeep of roads etc. Doi9ng it this way we can maybe forget about e-tolling!

      Trevor - 2012-03-15 14:48

      You TOTALLY lost the plot when you said " this can go towards the upkeep of the roads...etc" you actually LIVE in SA???????? - 2012-03-15 14:51

      I agree. And he should have lost his license as well, like anyone else would have. His car should have been impounded and crushed as well. And this should go for all speedsters.

      Bronwyn - 2012-03-15 15:07

      Trevor? would you like to elaborate on your "LMAO" statement? You know exactly what I meant! The money can go towards BETTER uses than sitting in some Rich Persons account, if he is guilty of speeding.An EXAMPLE being the upkeep of roads etc!! Seriously? do not have anything constructive to add??

      bluzulu - 2012-03-15 19:46

      @ Clifford , That's what they do here in AKL, You should see the little hooded drifters crying like babies when they are instructed by the courts' to attend the crushing...

  • dariusz9 - 2012-03-15 15:00

    In the sophisticated countries, police does not arrest divers for driving over the speed limit! He would have gotten a spot fine about 500 EUR payable within 7days and minimum of 4. Points will be deducted from driving license. Why would we in SA waste our tax money and court time in such a immaterial matter? Not a big deal, driving at night on the empty freeway! Please !

      bluzulu - 2012-03-15 19:49

      Immaterial Aay, Lets see if that applies if you are taken out by one of these Nuts. Did you see the Camera footage or r u visually challenged, I saw 3 other cars in the same frame whilst he was doing 180km+

  • grabe1 - 2012-03-15 15:04

    spin hom dan koop ek hom!!

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-15 15:04

    I don't understand why white people hate gareth so much,is it because he's too successful? I thought jealousy only existed in blacks, till gareth was caught speeding,whooooooowhaaaaa! I love south africa!

      Jessica Wright - 2012-03-15 15:52

      Lol there's a generalisation for you. Stereotype much?

      Frikkie - 2012-03-15 17:18

      We hate him because he is a prick.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-15 19:51

      Does Frikkie speak on behalf of all European Africans?

      jbrandct - 2012-03-15 22:00

      That's easy. Because Gareth Cliff thinks his opinion on everything is the Holy Grail and no one can tell him otherwise. His opinion about something is right and everyone else is wrong.

      claire.ranwell - 2012-03-16 09:46

      I don't hate Gareth - so don't generalize

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 10:26

      @Frikkie, and I suppose you not?

      jordaanjean - 2012-03-16 11:52

      and why are all blacks so hung up about RACE .. ( I am purposfully generalizing there to prove a point). Get of your racial divide "horse". He is an opinionated person that says what a lot of people think but do not have the platform to say it or the guts. He is liked and disliked by all races and classes. This is nothing about jealousy. Stupid racist.

  • L.Angeliz - 2012-03-15 15:06

    hez tryng to be black tlrrrr!

  • Gofuq - 2012-03-15 15:08

    ja,big joke.any bet he is loving the attention and getting more hits on twitter...which means more money for him.

      palesakirk - 2012-03-15 15:21

      you should be so ashamed of yourself,

      Gofuq - 2012-03-15 15:24

      me or the useless "shock" dj?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 10:27

      @Gofuq, jealous much?

  • skootzie - 2012-03-15 15:15

    Seriously, why is this even news worthy?!

      Klipkop - 2012-03-15 15:37

      Did you not notice the death toll on our roads this Dec and Easter is around the corner? Do you not agree that speed kills? Dont you think we have issues that we need to address in SA, like the way most of us drive? That is why it is newsworthy.

      skootzie - 2012-03-16 07:19

      On topic: And telling everyone that a radio personality got off lightly for speeding will help lower the death tolls on our roads will it? If this article was about reckless driving and speeding, it would have been placed under the NEWS section, instead, because it's a radio personality, it was placed under ENTERTAINMENT. This is not a news article, this is an entertainment article informing people that a famous personage was being a twit. Off topic: Nah, I don't agree that speed doesn't kills. In my experience, bad driving kills. You could just as easily die @ 60 as you could @ 180. But if you had proper instruction in driving, such as how to handle your vehicle (skidpan etc), you would have a greater chance at controlling the situation; "speed kills" because "people can't drive for sh.." But that's my personal opinion and not open for discussion as it has nothing to do with the subject matter. :P

      skootzie - 2012-03-16 07:58

      Oops, typo. Correction: "Nah, I don't agree that speed kills."

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-15 15:17


  • Lewis - 2012-03-15 15:24

    U Go! Gareth, you will have to explain your behaviour when travelling abroad *You now have a criminal record*

      Gofuq - 2012-03-15 15:32

      half our government have records..they travel.he is a "celeb".they do as they please.

  • nishaatf - 2012-03-15 15:42

    Well i think 10k is way to much , just for speeding , killers get R2000 bail for killing anther , , i like Gareth and i think it was just becos he famous unnecessary i say

      Juan - 2012-03-16 03:40

      Yeah the saw a cash cow they could milk a bit

      Juan - 2012-03-16 03:41

      Where does the fine money go anyhow? Into the pockets of the municipality where corruption and maladministration is rampant?

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-03-15 15:50

    the speed trapping equipment that was used to catch gareth was in a vehicle ,has this unit been approved and set out in the govt gazette as the guidlines state that the speed trapping equipment must be on a tripod and on a firm and stable surface and not in a vehicle (

  • Vernon - 2012-03-15 16:08

    licence not suspended must have sounded like MUSIC to his ears

  • fani.masemola1 - 2012-03-15 16:14

    they should have canceled his licence. This moron is arrogant!!

  • Christina - 2012-03-15 16:22

    you made a mistake Gareth just like everyone else, no one is perfect. this is a lesson not just for you, but for all of us.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-15 17:00

    so strange that your case "buttoned up" so quick...... but Mini Cooper killers still rolling on and on????

  • bmaestro - 2012-03-15 18:29

    if you live inthe public's eye you're suppossed to be an example and a law abiding citizen.10k is nothing to him though so why worry? @gareth cliff

  • Gerhardus - 2012-03-15 21:14

    The poor man should be awarded a gold medal. You risk your life going above 160 in a land rover.

  • makolomanedaniel - 2012-03-15 23:36

    Ridiculous. R10 000 fine is nothing because he can afford it. The sentence did not serve any purpose. Community service or suspension of the drivers' licence would have been appropriate.

  • Kobus - 2012-03-16 01:58

    Breaking news!" Fined R10 000 for driving fast, but NOT recklessly by Pretoria Mag. Court. Don't speed. My Goodness Gareth... Seems you still do not understand; 182 IS RECKLESS !!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 10:28

      Not according to the courts...

      Gerald - 2012-03-16 13:48

      Kobus you can reckless on a bicycle.Also another example. A woman doing makeup and talking on her cellphone while driving in heavy is reckless

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-16 05:52

    Ouychies, well he couldnt deny it Janice, he was caught and arrested its not like a camera took a picture of his backside...

  • Darryl - 2012-03-16 10:14

    only the rich get away with crap like this pay pay pay pay pay if you have money you can get away with pretty much anything look at jub jub shaik and the rest... malema too

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-16 10:29

      Paying a 10,000 fine is hardly "getting away with it"... You too would be fined and you too would pay it and I am sure you wouldn't be saying "I got away with it.." He has a criminal record now, so how did he get away with it?

  • Nirosha - 2012-03-16 11:47

    Love Gareth..

  • jordaanjean - 2012-03-16 12:01

    I wish everyone will just get off their high horses. He is a human being and all human beings are fallible. The one thing that I respect about the man is, he made a mistake but had the integrity to admit it. Admit to his error in judgement and then accept the punishment that came with the crime. How many of us can say that we will do the same. The way that he handled this should be an example to all "celebs" and Joe public alike. He did not use his status to try and bribe anyone. His docket did not get "lost".

  • Roann - 2012-03-16 12:29

    R10 000 you have to be joking. Rapists and murderers have been release on a fraction of that. Quick way to make a buck for the gravy train

  • Amy - 2012-03-16 12:32

    still dont like him!

  • rob.munro3 - 2012-03-16 13:52

    Blerie Gareff again,still think you should have spent the weekend with Babba.

  • Christine - 2012-03-16 18:02

    I think the fine was way too much ... there are still people out there who have killed children with their speeding cars ... why do their court cases take so long. Well done to Gareth for the way he handled it !

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