Orlando Pirates Player Arrested for Reckless Driving

Soccer player Happy Jele was arrested in the early hours of Monday (4 September) morning for reckless driving.

Jele, who is a defender for Orlando Pirates, was reportedly detained for speeding 223km/hour in a 120km/h zone.

The Gauteng Province Department of Community Safety released a statement confirming that the 30-year-old was arrested for his reckless driving.

The department also stated that the bail amount was not determined as yet‚ and that Jele will appear in the Randburg Magistrate Court shortly.

Jele was arrested, as opposed to just being fined, because the law states that if a driver exceeds the speed limit on a freeway (which is usually 120km/h) by more than 40km/h, they will be detained.  Drivers will also be criminally charged for speeding if they exceed the limit by more than 30km/h on a public road within an urban area.

As a refresher, the general speeding limits in South Africa (unless otherwise indicated by a road sign) are as follows:

  • 60km/h on every public road in an urban area.
  • 100km/h on every public road situated outside an urban area excluding a freeway.
  • 120km/h on every highway.

Reckless driving remains one of the top causes of road accidents and fatalities in South Africa, so it’s vitally important for every motorist to obey the rules of the road. Of course, should you be arrested, it’s also imperative to know your rights.