South Africa 9.9.2013 03:18 pm

Another shocking ‘biker-dad’ moment caught on camera

A picture of a motorcycle with two adults and a young child pinned between them, was taken in Bedfordview. Picture Supplied

A picture of a motorcycle with two adults and a young child pinned between them, was taken in Bedfordview. Picture Supplied

Another shocking image has emerged of a child being carried unsafely on a motorbike even as the original ‘biker-dad’ faces charges of child endangerment and reckless and negligent driving.

The photograph was captured several weeks ago by a motorist, who asked not to be named, at the intersection of Kloof and Van Buuren roads in Bedfordview. The motorist followed the motorbike all the way from the Bedford Gardens Hospital.

“He ignored all stop streets and was riding like an idiot,” said the resident.

The photograph was sent in a week after the the police announced that it will press ahead with charges against a biker caught on camera (see video below), riding recklessly through Edenvale with a young child wearing only a bicycle helmet.

 


The Edenvale SAPS Head of Detectives, Lieutenant Colonel Ben Baloyi,  confirmed that the man has sought legal advice and has been ordered to report to the Edenvale police.

“We have a witness statement from the motorist who filmed the footage and have obtained an unedited copy thereof,” said Lt Col Baloyi.

The biker will face charges of child endangerment and reckless and negligent driving, among other charges, added to the docket last week.

Spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD), Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago, said by working with the Edenvale police, authorities hope to throw the book at the biker.

National chairperson for the Justice Project South Africa (JPSA), Howard Dembovsky said it was heartening to know that law enforcement authorities have taken this matter seriously.

“We would specifically like to thank the motorist who captured the video footage for having the guts to do the right thing and come forward.

“Taking a stand against crime is rarely the easy thing to do but without it, incidents like this will continue to happen, often with disastrous results,” Dembovsky said.

He added that comments on the YouTube video had been disabled after a number of particularly disturbing comments were received.

On Monday, the clip had been viewed more than 273 000 times.

-CNS

 

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