Man apparently claimed to be a judge while arrested for speeding

The Audi A5.

A 41-year-old man, who apparently claimed he was a judge in the Mrs Mpumalanga pageant, was arrested on Saturday for going 94 kilometres over the 120 kilometre-per-hour limit on the N4 near Alkmaar.

According to the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison spokesman, Joseph Mabuza, Grant Dean Andrade appeared in Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday on various charges relating to speeding. He was released on R1 500 bail.

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Upon his arrest, Andrade apparently told police that he was rushing to get to the beauty pageant on time, as he was a judge for the show that was held at AFM Communio Church on Saturday night.

Nelspruit Post contacted the organiser of the show, Jacques Lombard who stated he did not know the man and that he was not a judge.

Andrade, who was driving an Audi A5, apparently failed to stop when the traffic officers commanded him to do so.

“The officers then chased after him and he was arrested near Nutting House. He was charged with reckless and negligent driving and failing to adhere to the traffic officers’ commands,” said Mabuza.

The driver of a Porsche, Theo Nkululeko Mabuza (31) who was arrested on September 19 after he was caught doing 256 kilometres per hour on the N4 near Alkmaar, was previously released on R1 000 bail.

He appeared again in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on November 2, but the case was postponed. The date could not be confirmed.

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According to the province’s department of community safety spokesman, Zandile Mandlazi, he was arrested on September 19 at about 15:35.

“He was exceeding the speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour by 136 kilometres.”

MEC Pat Ngomane condemned this type of behaviour, stating that it was irresponsible and mischievous. He declared that such behaviour on the road should be avoided at all times and that perpetrators should receive the maximum permissible sentences.

Ngomane commended the traffic officers, saying they should not be discouraged by the few individuals break traffic regulations.

“We must create an environment where motorists will fear to commit offences. In this way, we will have fewer crashes on our roads caused by human error,” he said.

The MEC once more reiterated his call to road users to respect traffic rules as well as other road users.

He maintained that communities must also play their part by reporting bad driving to authorities so that action can be taken against wrongdoers.

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Tereasa Dias

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