Driver’s loadshedding claim fails to get him off the hook for speeding

A 29-year-old man was arrested for driving at 173km/h on a stretch of the N3 freeway southbound between the Geldenhuys interchange, between Pretoria and Johannesburg, and Rand Airport turn-off in Johannesburg.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Wilfred Kgasago said the man was caught at 5.44am on Sunday. He was driving a maroon Mazda 3.

At about 5.50am a 31-year-old man was arrested having clocked 169km/h on the same road. Kgasago said the man, who was traveling with a woman and three children, said he was on his way to Durban.

Two more drivers were nabbed for speeding. A 28-year-old woman was caught doing 164km/h in a white Hyundai i20 and a 47-year-old man doing 162km/h in a grey Toyota Fortuner SUV.

The man said that he was an Eskom employee who dealt with load-shedding issues.

All four drivers were charged  with reckless and negligent driving. They are expected to appear in the Germiston magistrate’s court.

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