Local traffic police have commented on reports that a prominent soccer player was arrested on charges of reckless driving and breaking lockdown regulations.
On Sunday, Gauteng traffic tweeted that a 32-year-old prominent player was arrested on the N1 in Johannesburg Sunday morning, after clocking a speed of 213/kmh in a 120 zone.
It has been widely reported in local media that the player in question is SuperSport United striker Thamsanqa Gabuza.
The former Orlando Pirates striker as well as his passengers, who are believed to be in the entertainment industry, were detained at the Sandton Police station where they spent the night.
Gabuza along with his passengers were released on bail being charged with breaking lockdown regulations with reckless and negligent driving.
Chief provincial inspector Obed Sibasa who is the spokesperson for Gauteng Traffic Police confirmed to the Siya crew that an arrest was made.
“On behalf of the Gauteng Traffic Police Community Safety, one can confirm that our high speed unit arrested a prominent soccer player on the N1 in Sandton on Sunday May 24 at about 7am.
“The player was charged with negligent and reckless driving alternative for exceeding the prescribed speed limit. He was released on R1000 bail at Police station B,” Sibasa said
He would not confirm or deny if Gabuza was the player in question.
“In terms of the department’s communication protocols one cannot divulge anyone’s name before appearing in court and not at liberty to disclose the name of any suspect up until he/ she appears in court, but we can confirm a prominent soccer player was arrested by our high speed unit,” Sibasa added.
The player will appear for the first time in the Randburg Magistrate’s court in July 2020, Sibasa told the Siya crew.