Cops nab hasty 272km/h road racer

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

A Johannesburg man set a new speeding record when he was caught driving at 272km/h on the N3 South near the Linksfield off-ramp at the weekend.

The 28-year-old man from Bedfordview broke the previous record held by the driver of a Porsche who was caught in January speeding at 263km/h on the N1 North in Olifantsfontein.

This makes popular kwaito and house artist DJ Sbu, real name Sbusiso Leope, the third fastest man in the country. He was caught doing 257km/h in his Audi TT on the N1 in December.

"The latest case is the fastest speed a motorist has recorded on Johannesburg roads," said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar of the Metro Police.

The man was driving a white Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG and said he was in a hurry to get home in Bedfordview after a night out.

He was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and released on R1500 bail. He will appear in the Edenvale magistrate's court today.

Sowetan motoring editor Mabuyane Kekana said she wonders how the Bedfordview motorist reached such a high speed.

"His car is electronically governed to a 250km/h limit," she said. "He must have tampered with it."

In February Mamelodi Sundowns striker Lerato Shabangu was also caught caught driving 207km/h in a 120km/h zone on the N1.

Among the high-profile offenders was Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota, who was caught doing 189km/h in his Mercedes-Benz near Grasmere Toll Plaza in January.