Pretoria - Nissan South Africa says its sponsorship of a Nissan Juke to Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune is not in jeopardy following his arrest for speeding at the weekend.
Khune has since apologised for his actions. The goalkeeper made a brief appearance in the Lyttelton Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
He told journalists outside court that he was extremely sorry for his actions. “I have made a mistake, and I will learn from it,” he said.
But he also had choice words for media photographers, warning them not to take pictures of the BMW X6 in which he arrived, saying that was for security reasons. He threatened to sue if his warning was not heeded.
The soccer star was arrested on Friday night on the N1 South in Centurion at the John Vorster off-ramp for apparently driving at 173km/h in a 120km/h zone.
He was released on R1 500 bail on Saturday morning. The case was on Tuesday postponed to March 6 for further investigation.
Before dashing to his vehicle, Khune read out a statement to the media and posed for photographs with fans.
In his statement, he said that, as Bafana Bafana captain, he appreciated his position as a role model in South Africa, especially to the youth.
“I humbly apologise for this indiscretion. I will ensure that I learn from this mistake and become a better person and role-model,” Khune said.
Nissan SA spokeswoman Veralda Schmidt said the company’s sponsorship agreement with Kaizer Chiefs includes a vehicle sponsorship to the Player of the Year. Khune is the current holder of this title.
“In terms of the contract, the football club is responsible (for settling) all traffic offences, damage repairs etc.
“We are aware of a recent incident involving Mr Khune. However, Nissan South Africa trusts that Kaizer Chiefs management will deal with it in the appropriate manner,” said Schmidt.