A 16-year-old, who had just celebrated his birthday 24 hours earlier, was found travelling at high speeds on Jan Smuts drive in Cape Town on Sunday 23 May at around 1:00. According to the City of Cape Town, the teen clocked 200km/h with a Golf 7, ran through several red traffic lights and refused to stop his vehicle for a Ghost Squad officer who gave chase. 

In a statement, the City said that he was one of 202 suspects that were arrested by law enforcement agencies in the past week. 

CAPE TOWN: ‘VERY YOUNG MAN’ TAKES HIS BROTHER’S NEW CAR WITHOUT PERMISSION 

As the story goes, a Ghost Squad officer spotted the Golf 7 travelling at high speed along Jan Smuts Drive in the direction of Grassy Park and gave chase. When the driver refused to stop, the officer called for back-up and the vehicle was eventually stopped at Old Strandfontein and Ottery Road.

It turned out that the driver was a very young man, who informed them that he had just turned 16 the day before. Even worse? The driver had five passengers in the vehicle, all around the age of 15. It also turned out that the driver had taken his brother’s new car without permission.

“I shudder to think of the potential tragedy that could have unfolded here. This was no joyride, but reckless endangerment and I hope that it’ll be a lesson to everyone concerned. Also, the fact that these teenagers were out past curfew is another concern, particularly given the current resurgence we are experiencing,” said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith.

The teenager was, however, released into his father’s care. In general, the City’s enforcement agencies made 202 arrests and issued 75 087 fines.

LEARNER LICENCE APPLICANT ARRESTED FOR CHEATING 

On Friday 21 May 2021, a learner licence applicant was arrested on a charge of fraud for cheating on his test. He was found in possession of a script note under his sleeve and R2 000 in cash, and admitted that he was going to pay the person who gave him the script note.

In a separate incident on Monday morning, just after 7:00, Traffic Officers stopped a minibus driver in Brown’s Farm for reckless driving and causing a danger to other road users. 

“The driver refused to open the doors and then proceeded to drive away, knocking one of the officers to the ground. During the ensuing chase, the driver tried several times to ram the patrol vehicle off the roadway, and blatantly endangered the officers, his passenger as well as other road users. In an attempt to stop the vehicle, the officers fired a few shots at the wheels of the minibus,” the City of Cape Town said. 

The driver drove towards the taxi rank in Brown’s Farm, where he abandoned the taxi and fled the scene on foot. The officers secured the scene and the taxi was impounded. 

“The taxi owner later brought the driver to the Traffic Department. He was subsequently placed under arrest on charges of attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving,” it added. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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