I was fine to drive - Mphela

2011-03-29 14:12

Johannesburg - South Africa striker Katlego Mphela was arrested for drunk driving in an upscale Johannesburg neighbourhood, police spokesperson Col. Lungelo Dlamini said on Tuesday.

Mphela, who scored the winning goal against Egypt on Saturday in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, was arrested early on Monday morning after celebrating the win, according to Glyn Binkin, the player's manager.

Mphela was driving after purchasing a late-night snack when police pulled him over for a routine stop, Binkin said.

"He's obviously disappointed about what transpired, but he also believed he was under the limit or he would not have taken the irresponsible action of driving when he didn't feel he was able to drive," Binkin said.

"Mphela acted drunk when they pulled him over at about 05:00, so police brought him to the station for four hours until he was sober enough to be released", Dlamini said.

Mphela scored three minutes into injury time to give South Africa a 1-0 win over Egypt on Saturday.

Mphela has been released on R1 000 bail and will appear in court in October.


  • vutbtech - 2011-03-29 14:30

    what do you mean by this Dlamini? "Mphela acted drunk when they pulled him over at about 05:00, so police brought him to the station for four hours until he was sober enough to be released"

      Bob - 2011-03-29 16:21

      This article does not belong in the sports section, nothing sporty about drunk driving, his blood sample will mysteriously disappear anyway so whats the point.

  • Deon - 2011-03-29 14:31

    Yep,we all say we "are fine to drive". Do the crime, do the time pal !!!!

  • whatsinaname - 2011-03-29 14:38

    The more I drink the more I am fine to drive! Give me enough drinks and I will fly a boeing 747!

      Kaapie - 2011-03-29 15:40

      Yep, the first response of a drunk.. Good to go. He should have spoken to Bryce Moon

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-29 14:40

    Eish, that what the Judge thought we he pranged into the wall - " I faught i wassshhh alright to drive cause i didd'tt has that mmuccchhh to drink"

      Kaapie - 2011-03-29 15:41

      What you mean mike.. that judge wasnt drunk... he was scum drunk!

      Freakfloyd - 2011-03-29 22:45

      Dont forget kallis, that crash was very funny and his mate and lover Bouch there to keep the press away,

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-29 14:45

    I get a hundred rand fine for non display of licence although I showed the cop the licence which fell off the windscreen. They will hear nothing. But people like Katlego, Kallis and others will get away with murder leave alone drink and drive. I cannot fathom this out.

      Yaseen - 2011-03-29 15:27

      If it fell off, it was not being displayed. So whats the problem ?

  • kolobe - 2011-03-29 14:50

    whats the furore about ?he didnt crash into a gate like kallis did and still get away .

      Kaapie - 2011-03-29 15:42

      And he didnt kill anybody like Bryce Moon. I heard it on fairly good authority that Kallis damaged the property of his insurers' employees

      Lauren - 2011-03-29 15:49

      Haha! Yes, like that judge who drove through a man's wall and said he only had tea to drink.

      Freakfloyd - 2011-03-29 22:47

      True, Kolobe, Kallis was lekker gesuip that night, But hell who care, he is protected by his lover/mate Bouch

  • Gary - 2011-03-29 14:54

    Late night snack at 5 in the

      Janine - 2011-03-29 18:24


  • Lundi Dyonta - 2011-03-29 15:14

    late night snack...there r people who r just professionals when it comes to lying

  • vicj - 2011-03-29 15:26

    I dont drink and drive, I spill to much.

      Ollie - 2011-03-29 16:14


  • derkus - 2011-03-29 15:59

    appear in court in October for what,a blood test was taken 7 hours later,so this will disappear in a big hole

  • kilo39 - 2011-03-29 16:01

    Drinking and Driving is not a laughing matter and irrespective of who the transgressor is, if it can be proven that the alleged offender was legally drunk, they must face the consequences. Too many people are killed or maimed by drivers who have been drinking. Zero tolerance is called for and is critical to society ridding itself of this scourge.

  • Frangipani - 2011-03-29 16:12

    Scott do you have nothing to say? where does the race issue come in here? just shut up mate

      Mabhulwana - 2011-03-29 17:09

      Which Scott? Are you acting drunk or was that Scott's entry censured?

  • TAXILA - 2011-03-29 16:31


  • Lindsay Palmer - 2011-03-29 16:47

    Im definately gonna try acting drunk and see if i can get off too :)

  • Allin - 2011-03-29 21:22

    news24 mkes drunk driving a sport? SICK

  • swoan - 2011-03-31 12:40

    but you were drunk?

  • fromthecouch - 2011-03-31 12:49

    yeah right, typical SA soccer star: a moment of glory and dash of idiocy.

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