Soccer star caught speeding

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pretoria - A popular Premier Soccer League player was arrested after clocking 195 km/h on a speed camera on the N4 Bakwena Platinum Highway outside Brits yesterday morning, North West officials said.

Thuso Phala, 26, striker for Rustenburg based Platinum Stars, was arrested at around 8:00am near the Brits off-ramp while driving his BMW from Rustenburg towards Pretoria. He was locked up at Brits Police Station and later released on R1500 bail negotiated by his lawyer.

"The player is expected to appear in the Brits Magistrates Court on Monday to answer to charges of exceeding the permissible speed limit of 120km/h," said Community Safety Department spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele.

Phala joins a long list of celebrities and sports stars who have been nabbed in the past for driving at high speed. These include popular radio presenter Sbu "DJ Sbu" Leope who was arrested for driving at 289 k/h.

Kgwele said 80 speedsters were earlier in the week arrested on the N4 and across the province and have thus far caught 150 speed offenders since they embarked on special operations to commemorate women's month.

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