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The driver of Sasolburg’s mayor has been arrested after he was forced to stop by Free State traffic cops while driving at 235km/h on the N1.
The Volksblad newspaper reported on Tuesday that the driver, former traffic officer Elliot Sefatsana, was speeding in mayor Brutus Mahlaku’s white Mercedes-Benz near the Verkeerdevlei toll gate.
It said traffic officials wanted to stop the speeding vehicle, but that Sefatsana switched on the vehicle’s blue lights and continued to speed away.
Authorities eventually stopped him 30 kilometres further along.
Sefatsana told them he was speeding because Mahlaku was late for a meeting with Free State premier Ace Magashule.
He was arrested and was later released on bail of R1000.
Municipal spokesman Gino Alberts confirmed that the mayor had a meeting with the premier, The Volksblad reported.
Police spokesman Sergeant Fikiswa Matoti said Sefatsana would appear in court again on 28 Augustus 2012. - Sapa