Gareth Cliff's arrest welcomed

2012-03-08 15:17

Johannesburg - The arrest of radio DJ Gareth Cliff for speeding was welcomed on Thursday by Gauteng's community safety MEC.

"By excessive speeding, the motorists are not only putting their lives in danger, but also endangering other road users," MEC Faith Mazibuko said in a statement.

She called on motorists, irrespective of their social status, to be cautious on the roads and warned that law enforcement would be on the lookout for those who broke the rules.

"Our roads are not a racecourse. For those that want to race they must make use of places such as Kyalami... not our public roads."

Case postponed

Cliff was arrested after he was caught driving at 183km/h in a 120km/h zone near Pretoria on Tuesday night. He was later released on bail. He appeared in the Centurion Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The case was postponed to March 15 because there was an inquiry into whether his licence should be suspended. The case will continue in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Cliff faces charges of excessive speeding and reckless or negligent driving.


  • gigalution - 2012-03-08 15:22

    jub jub

      Lynn - 2012-03-08 21:04

      Difference is: Jub Jub will get off. Why????

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-09 09:25

      because he's blackkkkkkkkk...

      Enhle - 2012-03-12 10:03

      Jub Jub was on drugs even worst now thats reckless and he killed people too

  • Christopher - 2012-03-08 15:30

    Well the MEC would welcome it, wouldn't he? And yet he conveniently forgets that one of his MEC colleagues recently ran a red light, severely injuring a young boy, leaving him near death and with his family facing thousands of rand in medical costs. Has the MEC settled that yet? And with his money, not ours! Bloody ANC hypocrites!

      Lynn - 2012-03-08 21:13

      @ Fred. Do you drive?? Because if you do, then we need to have your licence checked as you are VERY BLIND to the way taxies, etc drive. Oh sorry, that seems to be OK to drive reckless. STOP MAKING SCAPEGOATS OUT OF CELEBRITIES THAT YOU CANNOT HANDLE WHEN THEY SPEAK THE TRUTH.. Not a GC fan, but there are far more worse drivers than him - he was only speeding, not drunk.....

      grantybobbins - 2012-03-09 08:09

      @FRED - have you never been over the speed limit once in your lif before??

      pretoriawebdesigner - 2012-03-09 09:39

      Note that everyone is justifying their breaking of the law because someone else is doing it. Fred you have a solution, For the rest of you, If your friend jumps in a fire will you join him?

      wynand.vervaart - 2012-08-07 12:18

      dude don't call them hypocrites.......... you might just be branded as a racist..............

  • sandy.hammond - 2012-03-08 15:40

    With such a violent reaction from the MEC, let's hope she includes Blue Light Brigade drivers as well!!!

  • derek.mathewson - 2012-03-08 15:56

    Its strange, if you are part of the Goverment and have the blue lights you are ok to Speed, upset and threaten the tax paying drivers and nothing gets done about it... What good for you in not always good for me......

  • Steven Rothquel - 2012-03-08 15:59

    i am no fan of Gareth Cliff but the mec saying that arrests will be made regardless of social status is all well and good but what about these self important politians who speed around with their blue light convoys forcing the law abiding citizen to the side of the road, the road which we have paid for, what makes a politian so special that they do not have to sit in traffic with the people who they are meant to serve. tell the mec

  • Eric - 2012-03-08 15:59

    So why was a blood sample not taken to ensure he was not drunk when he was driving at that speed, at NIGHT! NOGAL

  • Mitesh Bhowan - 2012-03-08 16:03

    Hahaha that's funny. Maybe the MEC should like at her colleagues with their blue lights thinking that every road is A race track before she talks about others! Bunch of idiots!

  • Hayley - 2012-03-08 16:06

    The ANC cant even control their own "people", taxi's get away with murder - literally - there is corruption, abuse of power, fraud, blatant racism and exploitation RIGHT ON THEIR OWN DOORSTEP, which they turn a blind eye to constantly, but Gareth Cliff gets caught speeding & let's make an example of him!! Anybody else would have been issued a heavy fine & given a stern warning in court, but no, BECAUSE of his "social status" Gareth will have to pay the highest price of all. If they put half as much time and effort into running this country properly as they have into vilifying Gareth, this country would be a better place to live in.

  • kaMazibuko - 2012-03-08 16:19

    U people disgust me....why are u defending him ? why do u feel the need to justify his actions ? why do u have to bring the ANC into this ?? He broke the law, endangered peoples lives and his own, he must face the music

      grantybobbins - 2012-03-09 12:21

      So why isnt Jub Jub in prison yet?

      Balan - 2012-03-09 12:50

      @ Mazibuko, the problem is that only you cANCer thugs can get away easily by the law

      Marlene Black - 2012-03-11 23:20

      Like the housing MEC's driver was dealt with? Oh come on! We have taxi drivers dragging people 700 meters, government drivers running red lights, family of the president breaking the speed limit, traffic officials riding without number plates - need I carry on?

      Marlene Black - 2012-03-12 08:19

      Like Khulubuse must face the music too! And the mec of housing's driver, and Jub Jub, and the taxi driver who hit and then ran over a man last week the list just goes on and on.

  • kerrimg - 2012-03-08 16:21

    suspend his license :-)

  • Tshiamo - 2012-03-08 16:30

    The arrest of thieving tenderpreneurs was also welcome (with tongue in cheek)

  • Tariq - 2012-03-08 18:12

    Oh know the Great White Hope has been fined , white ppl lock up your sons and daughters its the end of the Republic

  • Dave - 2012-03-08 18:21

    What a lie from the MEC. The blue light brigade can do what they bloody well like whenever they like, and that includes forcing motorists off the road.

  • Antoine - 2012-03-08 18:43

    I think Gareth is funny on Radio, I also wonder why he also has to make such unkind comments about people on radio and at different times is just plain and simply rude, yet between all this he is funny, so now, i think He needs to make a public apology, pay a stiff penalty with a suspended sentence for 5 years and then release the man!

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-03-08 19:03

    Ag for heavens sake. Get over it already! He speeded, got caught - so what? Why make it such a huge thing?

  • Kevin - 2012-03-08 19:14

    Thees ees air chunce two seh thet, thee wet men hee awlso ees bray keeng thee lore!

  • Gavin - 2012-03-08 20:31

    Please move on, there's nothing here for anyone to see ;)

  • bakshamg - 2012-03-08 20:46

    hahaha, was that the photo he was talking about in his show that that photographer took and wanted it to look candid even though he offered to pose?, that photographer is skilled:), btw, Gareth on 5fm is the best South African production throughout all the mediums:)

  • Lynn - 2012-03-08 21:18

    Amazing how the ANCGOV make scapegoats of certain people. Hansie, Gareth??? Makes you think if Apartheid IS dead???

  • Hein Nauschutz - 2012-03-08 21:55

    Gareth Cliff should get Winnie Mandela's legal team to have the cops that caught him, fired.

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2012-03-08 23:22

    You want to cruxify Gareth for racing, what of Ace Magashule young son also racing is he going to be bought , seeing his farther sey he has the money to get him off.What a joke !

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2012-03-08 23:27

    Why hasent Mad Winny Mandelas driver not been punished for driving so fast in a city area. Why always may you Parliament associates get off the hook? Plenty more cases just not done anything to punish them.Discrimination in overdraft.

  • rjenkinson7 - 2012-03-08 23:37


  • wynand.bezuidenhout - 2012-03-09 08:42

    Wat so cliffy

  • patrick.b.fisher1 - 2012-03-09 12:54

    The MEC's comment: "motorists, irrespective of their social status, to be cautious on the roads. "Our roads are not a racecourse. For those that want to race they must make use of places such as Kyalami... not our public roads." She's quite correct but then she should STOP being biased towards the idiots with the BLUE LIGHTS.

  • Chris - 2012-03-09 16:03

    "Our roads are not a racecourse"... WTF? Now I have seen it all. No hope. We're done.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-10 23:07

    No one is above the law. The road safety rules are to to obeyed by all.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-10 23:07

    No one is above the law. The road safety rules are to to obeyed by all.

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-03-11 09:54

    Wahahahahhahahahah! About time this self righteous twat got some karma.

      Dave Prinsloo - 2012-03-12 09:02

      phil, that is such a self-righteous, twatty comment. You've fallen into the twat-trap.

  • Marlene Black - 2012-03-11 23:14

    Has Zuma's nephew Khulubuse had his license suspended? He was caught speeding in his Maserati in Ballito a short while back. If Gareth's licence is suspended, then so should Zuma's licence be suspended. Sauce for the goose ... In fact, has the housing MEC's driver had his licence suspended? He nearly killed a young boy when he shot through a red robot? Come on guys - lets have some equality here. No-one is above the law!!

  • Dave Prinsloo - 2012-03-12 09:00

    pathetic, faith. Use your communication skills to comment on real issues. Masturbating in public is unseemly for old ladies like you

      Marlene Black - 2012-03-12 19:21

      Do you have nothing constructive to offer, or are you simply a troll?

  • Carey-Ann - 2012-03-12 13:31

    Is it just me or does it seem rather suspicious that he was speeding late at night in his new car and there were cameras there tocatch his arrest??? PR stunt if you ask me!

  • Christa - 2012-03-12 13:39

    Leave him in jail....we won't miss him

  • Gerald - 2012-03-15 15:08

    I will drive 220kmp's in honour of you Gareth, i will paint myself *%#$@! first so i wont get arrested, id prefer a slap on the wrist thanks..

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