Gareth Cliff spent 'minutes' in jail

2012-03-07 07:32

Johannesburg - Controversial 5FM radio personality Gareth Cliff spent several minutes in jail after he was caught speeding in Pretoria on Tuesday night.

"I spent a couple of minutes behind bars, like a bad ass... but I was glad to be back home," Cliff told Talk Radio 702 early on Wednesday.

He said he was returning home after filming his reality television show Idols in Durban.

"You know how it is, you just want to get home because you're exhausted, and before you know it there are blue [police] lights."

Trending on Twitter

Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said on Tuesday that Cliff was arrested after being caught driving 182 km/h in a 120km/h zone on the R21 in Lyttelton.

Early on Wednesday Cliff took to social media site Twitter to clarify reports on his arrest.

"Rumours of my imprisonment are greatly exaggerated," he tweeted shortly after midnight.

The news of the shock jock's arrest began trending on 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."

He was scheduled to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court later on Wednesday.


  • chillibell - 2012-03-07 08:15


      RSole - 2012-03-07 11:27

      Once a “chop” always a “chop”. Should have locked the sanctimonious prick up for the night.

      Hallo - 2012-03-07 13:07

      You can bet your middle class to lower class ass that if it were you or I it would have been the whole night in jail.

      cronje.cor - 2012-03-07 13:46

      He's admitted to making a mistake and faced the music head on. We all make mistakes.

      Koos - 2012-03-07 18:09

      I was around when he discovered that in certain parts of this country a "Boob grab for a shot" can get your face broken. Seems to make a few "mistakes" now and then but I still don't like him.

  • Tina - 2012-03-07 08:23

    LOL so he is human after all?? he does make mistakes just like everyone else. Hope the cell was big enough for him and his ego.

      Greg - 2012-03-07 08:27

      For him maybe - but he probably had to leave his ego in the parking lot....

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-07 08:56

      Travelling at 183 KMH is NO is a blatant disregard for the lives and safety of other people on the roads. I heard him talking on 702 this morning - so very casual about breaking the law - just "filling in all those forms" was so Ho Hum for him......arrogant idiot - does not get my "vote" for talent or respect.

  • Julian - 2012-03-07 08:24

    "I spent a couple of minutes behind bars, like a bad ass..." more like you will be kissing ass soon to get out of this one.

  • Bokfan - 2012-03-07 08:31

    Lock the bastrid up for a month , take away his licence and humiliate him in public. Windgat d**s

      Phillip - 2012-03-07 10:25

      He could kill kids and still be free, ask the mini oak!viva fu anc!!!!

  • Schalk - 2012-03-07 08:34

    If he was so tired they should charge him with driving under the influence. As studies have shown that certain levels of exhaustion are equivalent to drinking and driving... oh and ook maar lekker skeinheilig, if a politician was caught doing this Gareth would tear into him on his show but now that the shoe is on the other foot: "You know how it is, you just want to get home because you're exhausted, and before you know it there are blue [police] lights." We never hear that side of the argument when you're not involved.

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-07 08:36

    It must be tiring having to leap onto twitter all the time to update the public on your every move ..

  • Nerina Truter Smith - 2012-03-07 08:36

    Im a white SA woman not voting for the ANC but totally agree It was not necessary for Dennis to bring the ANC into the picture. Law is law and all of us us are treated the same. Dennis you have to come to reality Keep your eyes open and see how many whites AND blacks are stopped at road blocks all over our country. Shame for white SA'ns

  • Ann - 2012-03-07 08:48

    "Best radio host in the country"?? Our country must be in a worse state than I realised, if this is indeed true... :(

  • Bob - 2012-03-07 08:49

    This video clip is off topic, but you can view it if you're bored.

      Donald - 2012-03-07 09:12

      WTF Bob?? LOL

  • duane.vanvuuren - 2012-03-07 08:51

    Lekker! Hopefully this will bring him back down to earth a bit, but it probably won't. He only spent seven minutes behind bars? Is this consistent with other offenders' time?

      Marcus - 2012-03-07 09:39

      I did 112 in a 60 zone and did no time. Paid my bail, filled in forms and showed up in court. He got no special treatment. And as for bringing him down to earth, finding joy in others misery, I think you need to take the 1st step down.

  • Jacques - 2012-03-07 09:11

    Klein arrogante hardegat, bliksem wat nog dink dis ’n grap ook, hy moes die hele nag in die selle deurgebring het!

      Janice - 2012-03-07 09:30

      Hou op moan soos n ou granny< you just jealous you definitely dont have the same stigma and status as him!!!

      Janice - 2012-03-07 10:46


  • Hugh - 2012-03-07 09:48

    tick that one off your bucket list. Arrested, behind bars. check.

  • Winifred - 2012-03-07 09:51

    put him in jail and make listen to all the singers he was very rude to

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 09:59

    Gee, lots of people who live in glass houses commenting here...

      Janice - 2012-03-07 10:43

      Exactly, they such hypocrites!!!!!

  • Josh - 2012-03-07 10:03

    They should have chucked away the key. Good riddance.

      Janice - 2012-03-07 10:43

      I bet you go 60 in a 60 zone!!! Ja RIGHT!!!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 16:36

      And stop completely at stop streets..

  • shaun.cousins1 - 2012-03-07 10:07

    I would have thought that would carry a hefty fine....Guess not in his case

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-07 10:21

      It doesn’t apply to the celebrities

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 10:26

      Are you normally this stupid or only when on News24?

  • Shane - 2012-03-07 10:27

    Cliff I have a huge amount of respect for you and some of your views, however speaking all high and mighty everyday and then proceeding to do your own thing is a real slap in every South African's face. Disgusted!

      Janice - 2012-03-07 10:59

      Have you never skipped a stop streat Mr high and mighty Shane? Just a thought!!

      Monique - 2012-03-07 12:51

      No Janice, actually not! And the same goes for a red light! But I have sped before, just lucky enough to not get caught.

      Janice - 2012-03-08 07:29

      Then I rest my case Monique, you walked slap bang into that one, didnt you?!

      Bluemast - 2012-03-08 09:28

      @Janice - So you could have been the that could have killed an innocent kid before? Food for thought for your dumb admission! So slap bang into your face ! Look into the mirror before making admissions like that in future !!!!!!!

  • Ilze - 2012-03-07 11:00

    we all speed but 182? oh come on thats plain stupid, reckless and wrong yeah 140, 150, 160 is the norm but anything above 170 totally unacceptable. His rudeness has nothing to do with what he just did, period!!!

      Janice - 2012-03-07 11:57

      So what you are saying here is a little bit wrong is alright????????? GUILTY as him, you are, now go back to work!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 16:36

      Hahahaha!! It's ok to break the law a little?? WTF?? Eish, never go full dubstep!

  • jenny.gormanandrews1 - 2012-03-07 11:09

    Gareth speeding at 182 km may seem easy and paying a fine painless, but if you had had an accident at that speed, hitting another vehicle or vehicles and other people would have been very, very painful for yourself and the other people involved. Be aware at all times of what you are doing!!!!

  • evdwesthuizen1 - 2012-03-07 11:30

    and going to be a slap on the wrist.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 16:35

      Nope, he has to appear in court on Wednesday. It is here, reported on the very website you read this article on... and commented on... or did you not bother to read more then one line?

  • Frans - 2012-03-07 13:45

    It's high time the speed limits got changed. Technology has so vastly improved the capability of vehicles and the speed limits have not kept up with technology. Remember, its not speed that kills but stupidity. A modern vehicle traveling at 200 kmh is actually quite safe. Its the pedestrian walking- or vehicle pulling out in front of it (stupidity) that creates the problem. Point - German Autobahn = no problem...

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 16:34

      Um, you do realise that if you hit something at 200km/h your car stops but you don't right? It's not the damage to the car that kills you but the fact you still travelling at 200km/h - you die of massive trauma internally.

  • Zion - 2012-03-07 14:45

    Despite being a hero for the undertrodden he must serve at least 12 months in jail. And another 6 months for arrogance. behold the man of the nation.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-07 16:32

      And you should be locked away for good for being an ass..

      Janice - 2012-03-08 07:31

      Jeeeez, Zion, the way you think, or not think, is beyond me!!!

  • Craig - 2012-03-07 17:50

    Jeez people give the brother a break .... he went a little over the speed limit so what ? FFS we did 240 in a 60 zone, am i now condemned to hell and damnation?? Irregardless of his mild transgression and social status these negative comments are truly unwarranted. There are starving people in somalia for goodness sake wake up !

      Bluemast - 2012-03-08 09:35

      Another admission of gross guilt - why not just provide your administration plate number to the authorities and join this prick in jail, you might even enjoy it - don't forget to get his autograph and a tattoo!

  • france.bartman - 2012-03-07 22:18

    you can fly but not to high.

  • Bluemast - 2012-03-08 09:14

    What makes him so special compared to anyone else in this country - he got what he deserved - end of story - late for a meeting or eager to get home is the oldest excuse in tis country, it seems to be catching on........! Lets see what happens in court - it is not over yet. Community service like sweeping the streets or filling pot holes sounds like a good sentence!

      Craig - 2012-03-08 20:14

      lol ... go back to the library boet .. carry on reading those benni hinn books my man

  • Bluemast - 2012-03-08 09:16

    He can start by wiping that smirk off his face to start with!!!

  • anita.nortje - 2012-03-08 09:20

    LOL!! you bad boy!! hope this was a wake up call buddy

  • Tamuka - 2012-03-08 10:04

    Why didn't Gareth fly back to Joburg if he wanted to get back in a jiffy? A flight from Durban only takes about 45min. Now this happening has further dented his public image.

      Tamuka - 2012-03-08 10:08

      My mistake, he did fly to ORT but was in a hurry to get home. He should been more careful then.

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