South Africa 31.12.2013 08:00 am

What were you thinking Steve?

ALL SMILES. Steve Hofmeyr enters his new car after his court appearance yesterday at the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court. Hofmeyr faces charges of reckless and negligent driving after he was arrested for speeding on  December 19. He allegedly was driving at 169 km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N4 near Bronkhorstspruit. Picture:Alaister Russell.

ALL SMILES. Steve Hofmeyr enters his new car after his court appearance yesterday at the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court. Hofmeyr faces charges of reckless and negligent driving after he was arrested for speeding on December 19. He allegedly was driving at 169 km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N4 near Bronkhorstspruit. Picture:Alaister Russell.

“No, I was not thinking at all. I have no excuse.” So said popular musician Steve Hofmeyr outside the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court following his appearance for reckless and negligent driving.

He also faces speeding charges for doing 169km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N4 – not an 80km/h zone as previously reported by Gauteng traffic police.

“I was not late, I always make sure not to be late,” Hofmeyr added. “I have a new car, it has a way of creeping over the speed limit without me knowing, so that’s the attitude I have approached this whole thing with.

“I’m guilty and I would like to sort it out.

“I thought the cops on duty were excellent, exactly what I expect from the SAPS and the Metro people all over the country, so I work with them. Unfortunately we could not settle today, so we will be back on January 23.”

Hofmeyr was cagy about his next appearance.

“We do not know if someone like Arrive Alive would like to make an example this time round, because we have a terrible track record as far as traffic offences are concerned.

“I just want the right thing to happen, pretty much the same thing that happens to everyone else when faced with this kind of thing.”

He said the 20-day postponement gave him and his lawyer John Sutherland time to explore options.

“I am disappointed in myself. Of course, like everyone else, I have [in the past] received a speeding fine or a parking ticket, but I have never been in so much of a rush to arrive too early at a place.”

While Hofmeyr was appearing in court, news emerged of yet another pop star caught for dangerous driving.

According to KwaZulu-Natal traffic police, Donald Moatshe was caught doing 182km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N2 in Ballito. He was released on R2 500 bail.

On the same night as Hofmeyr, Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema had been arrested for reckless and negligent driving – doing 215km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N1.

Malema was released on

R5 000 bail and appears in court at the end of January.

 

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