Orlando Pirates soccer player arrested for speeding

Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu

The Gauteng Traffic Police High Speed Unit arrested well-known Orlando Pirates soccer player for speeding on 4 September. 

Happy Jele was arrested for driving his BMW 135i on the M1 near Sandton at an average speed of 223km/h.  When the officers managed to stop him, he claimed he was on his way to attend to his sick child. It is alleged that it was later discovered the information was untruthful and just an excuse.

Jele was arrested and taken to Sandton Police Station where he was formally charged with reckless driving and exceeding the prescribed limit of 120km/h.

According to a statement, bail has not yet been set. He will appear in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court shortly.

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, has condemned the incident.

“I am disappointed at Happy Jele’s driving behaviour and conduct. Professional players are supposed to be role models and safety ambassadors. The law enforcement agencies will not tolerate lawless behaviour on Gauteng roads, especially with the high rate of fatalities reported in the province.”

The department appeals to motorists to drive with caution and abide by the rules of the road at all times.

Did you see Happy Jele speeding? Share your stories on the Sandton Chronicle Facebook page 

Staff Reporter

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