Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was acquitted of reckless driving in the Vanderbijilpark Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
He appeared for allegedly driving at 215km/h in a 120km/h zone.
The court ruled that the State could not prove the device used to record Malema’s speed was in good working order.
His lawyer Tumi Mokoena questioned the accuracy of the device used to record Malema’s speed.
Traffic officer David Phumudi told the court the device was working properly.
He said it was tested every six months and thoroughly checked to ensure it was working properly.
Phumudi said on December 19 a BMW passed by travelling at high speed. They followed the vehicle and recorded its speed.
“We first recorded 199 km/h, 200km/h, and 215km/h.”
He said the police car was fitted with a device which recorded speed and had a camera. He said the unmarked police vehicle was travelling at 80km/h when Malema passed them at high speed.
After his acquittal Malema urged people to obey road rules.
Malema said he was driving at 120km/h when he passed a car driving at approximately 80km/h. The car followed him and he increased his speed.
“The car was suspicious. It was not marked. I only stopped when I heard the siren,” he told reporters outside the court.
Malema’s supporters applauded in court when he was found not guilty. – Sapa