Mphela mistreated by police?

2011-03-30 08:06

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana and Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela has vehemently denied the drunk driving charge against him, reports the Sowetan.

Mphela also disclosed that it was not the first time the police officer who arrested him had stopped him on the road.

The arrest came hours after he became a national hero following his last-minute goal against Egypt on Saturday night. He spent time behind bars before he was released on R1 000 bail on Monday. The case will be heard in May.

Even though he admitted he had had a "couple of drinks", Mphela insisted he was not drunk.

Speaking to Sowetan after his ordeal, "Killer" said he did not expect special treatment from the police, but was merely calling for fair treatment.

"I'd just come back from a party in Sandton when I stopped at a restaurant to get a meal. I noticed a police car, which had been following me, also pulling up at the restaurant.

"Just as I hit the road, the police vehicle came speeding with its lights off, and ordered me to stop," he said.

What happened next was nothing short of intimidation, according to the striker.

"The officer ordered me into the police car and I obliged," Mphela said.

"But what bothered me the most was that the officer accused me of being drunk, way before he breathalysed me.

"But I was not about to start an argument."

"I am not asking for special treatment, but only fairness," he continued.

"My rights were never read to me. I was driven all over the place and I never said anything.

"But why should this be? Why was this officer so hell-bent on seeing me arrested?

"I would hate to think that it was a personal thing. But the way he went about the whole thing left me disappointed.

"What makes this matter more confusing is that it was not the first time he had stopped me."

Attempts to get hold of the officer were unsuccessful as his phone rang unanswered and he did not return messages.


  • Eric - 2011-03-30 08:28

    There is a big difference between "drunk driving" and one's alcohol blood percentage being over the legal limit. Fact is a "couple of drunks" can and most probably will mean you are leagally over the limit however you may not be drunk. Either way the legal limit is just that and if you are over the legal limit the law needs to taker it's course.

      Nebkad - 2011-03-30 09:55

      An you can ONLY be found to be over the limit AFTER a test!!

      Nebkad - 2011-03-30 09:57

      Sorry.."An" I meant "And"

      Meanleader - 2011-03-30 10:25

      Mmmmm... I'm having a vision .... I see a race card rising out of the mist ...... oh and this dude is owed by the whites in SA because he is dark , ........ and he also gets to do as he pleases because he's a soccer star ....... ahhhhhh.... I see an ANC flag ........ Right , this guy must get imunity ! All the right boxes are ticked ! This copper is a bluddy agent !

      Bratt - 2011-03-30 10:43

      'My rights were not read to me...' You watch too many American movies bra. But you are right.

      thabo.palattract - 2011-03-30 10:57

      Ericc, I can say that I believe Katlego Mphela. In my experience I've been a sitting duck to undisciplined police officials more than five times in a space of 2-months.On more than 2 instances, I was pulled over by same police officers with a vehicle which its roadworthyness is questionable, let alone blue-lamps and sirens. Each time I was pulled over, it was stated that I was intoxicated with alcohol although I do not consume such. Upon my argument of that, a lame counter answer was that my car was seen at a niteclub or some tarven. Some weeks ago whilst driving in the township at night I was followed by another cop bakkie with no police markings, blue-lamps & siren. All they depended on was the flickering of the lights. So I did not stop & they gave chase. At the time all I could think of was a hijack probability. fearing for my life, I drove so fast to the nearest police station, got out of my car leaving the driver's door open & ran into the police office. They arrived about 3-minutes later, found me reporting what had just happened to their higher ranking collegues. One thing I realised is that they had no name tags on their shirts. They had also jumped their "Area of Jurisdiction". The sad part was that the two officials were police trainees driving alone. I told a friend about this & he told me the same pair wanted a bribe from him. That was before they knew he was one of their superiors who let it go.This cop is "croocket & illdisciplined". He just wants a piece Ur $

      Eric - 2011-03-30 11:06

      @thabo I am not saying Mphela was right or wrong in this case but rather stating a fact that you may not be drunk but still be over the legal limit. The cops in this case may indeed have acted inappropriately but we will never know. That being said there are always three sides to a story and in this case it is the police, Mphela and of course the truth. Let the law take it's course here and all must stop judging before all the facts are provided - hey even then who are we to judge either way. If Mphela was tested his blood tests will reveal all. If the police acted inappropriately and drove him around without taking blood for the tests within the required time period then that will come out as well.

      Damien - 2011-03-30 11:09

      @meanleader it is a sad fact the race card almost always gets pulled... but the reality is its a big problem within the SAPS and it works both ways !!!!

      HagenDan - 2011-03-31 09:32

      @meanleader: Nice one on pulling the race card and some vague rants about the ANC yourself. It's not like Mphela has brought race into this at all. Everybody knows the many police in this country are dodgy as, and have little respect for legal procedure etc. But by all means reference Malema if it gives you joy even though Mphela didn't bring race or politics into this at all and merely voiced his opinion on his treatment by the police. Given other police incidents, it's really not hard to believe that they're messing with him. If he's over the limit though anyway, as a couple of drinks will put him, he should still be in trouble regardless.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-30 08:41

    A couple of drinks is at least two. You should have phoned some one to fetch you coz as you mentioned its the same cop you have confronted many a times. What did you think, he was after your autograph uh! Sorry china pay your dues.

  • Lulama Ndukwana - 2011-03-30 09:07

    He is just jealous of you Killer. Be strong

      Willem Steyn - 2011-03-30 09:11

      Erm - - - no - the cop was just doing his job. Did the cop know before he arrested the driver who the driver was? I doubt it. This prima donna soccer player admits to having had a "couple" of drinks. That pushes him into the illegal limit.

      Nebkad - 2011-03-30 10:02

      @Willem Steyn "the cop was just doing his job." Which job Sir? "This prima donna soccer player admits to having had a "couple" of drinks. That pushes him into the illegal limit." Where's the logic here..mate?

      Meanleader - 2011-03-30 10:17

      Eeish Lulama .I see you have a picture of a man .... but Lulama is a girl's name . Something you want to tell us , apart from your apparent support for criminals ?

      Mkhaya77 - 2011-03-30 10:32

      You can say that Lulama until someone who has just had a "couple of drinks" runs over and maims you or kills someone close to you. Many drunk drivers even when the cant walk a straight line will say they just had a couple of drinks.

      Mkhaya77 - 2011-03-30 10:42

      You can say that Lulama until someone who has just had a "couple of drinks" runs over and maims you or kills someone close to you. Many drunk drivers even when they can't walk a straight line will say they just had a couple of drinks. Just because he has scored some goals does not make him immune to the system. I am always shocked at the number of young men drunk driving. And many young men will look to people like him for role models.If you are a father, may be one day (I hate to say this about your kid but...) you will get that dreaded call from the police that they just cut your kid out of a mangled wreck of a car which he totalled whilst driving drunk and he might not be alive in the next few hours. Then you can answer them that they are just being jealous!

      zayzo10 - 2011-03-31 07:59

      In Xhosa Lulama can be a boy or a girl's name it depends on how you pronounce it....simple as that!

  • Allin - 2011-03-30 09:10

    What's this guy rambling about? If he had more than one drink he was over the limit in all likelihood, so that's that. Why this is in the Sports section is beyond me!

      Nebkad - 2011-03-30 09:58

      @Allin " If he had more than one drink he was over the limit in all likelihood," Could you please prove this???

      Meanleader - 2011-03-30 10:45

      Allin ... Don't educate nebkad ... leave him in his ignorant bliss !

  • Janine - 2011-03-30 09:16

    Let's face it - nobody is going to actually admit that they were driving drunk. Even our wall-hitting judge claimed to be sober.

  • GerryC - 2011-03-30 10:07

    And today you woke up and realised the sun does not set when you sit down and that you are only a football player. I will only wonder how any drinks you had since you started celebrating before 24:00 hundred on Sunday and were picked up at 02:50 or 05:00 on Monday (depending on what article you read), if you do not want to do the time then do not do the crime.

  • Sam - 2011-03-30 10:22

    Quite sad thatmost of the comments ignore the fact that it was not the first time that he was stopped by this officer. Funny that. Yebo, the law must take its course, and if found guilty, the punishment meted out. Let's not predict the outcome based on one's prejudices - it's a bit blatant.

  • Damien - 2011-03-30 11:04

    I agree with what Mr Mphela say's the SAPS tend to think they above the law at times, they don't follow procedure the exact same thing happened to a friend of mine a month ago they ordered him out of his vehicle tested him with a breathalyser that had already been used on someone else. Arrested him without reading him his Rights, and thats before the circus even started down at the station. Where is the Service part in the SAPS ? I wouldn't even bother trying to contact the Officer in question ! What Sickens me is we pay their salaries...

      HagenDan - 2011-03-31 09:40

      True that Damien. I had a friend also pulled over similarly and the police just chucked him into the back of the bakkie without any evidence of alcohol and drove him around the block a few times at speed and then turfed him out without charge. What's the point in that? Mphela's story is consistent with the behaviour of a lot of police so I have no reason not to believe him. Additionally, if he was arrested at 2am, whose to say his "couple of drinks" didn't get consumed much earlier in the evening? The law is so seldom respected. If the blood test finds him guilty I honestly hope he is never allowed to drive again, but I wouldn't be surprised if nothing comes of this...

  • dominic.chimhavi - 2011-03-30 13:39

    Bafana's Mphela got drunk, it is a scandal; Jacques Kallis crashes someone's gate heavily drunk and the police escort him away from the crime scene into the safety of his home. Talk of one law being applied selectively

  • mycousin - 2011-03-30 13:56

    I bet the copper was a BOER

  • Sinqulile - 2011-03-30 13:57

    I am having a feelling that there is some idividual who want to destroy you becouse just few days after you score that historical goal. I think Killer you must understand that there is never been a proven goal scorer for bafana since Big Benni now is you it is not going to be easy but be as reasiposible as you can for ubomibakho.

  • AGENT777 - 2011-03-30 14:02

    A woman told her husband she going to church on thursdays night and her husband always fancisize of cheating,during thursday night when the husband the wife has gone to church he goes to a bar to meet this sexy woman and everytime they are drunk they book a room, it goes on for about six months. one day they were guest on Dr Phil celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary when the doc asked the if they have had an affair, both where asked to reply via sms to Phil phone. the husband wrote - everytime my wife go to church, at 8pm when im supose to be waiting for my wife, wearing skinny orlando pierats fc jeans, I go to the bar to meet this sexy girl for the bang and after a couple of months doing it, I decided to call it off as the girl is good as Ajax Cape Town and couldnt keep up with the pace and i ejaculte early for the title. The wife wrote at 8pm when im supose to be at all night prayer that she realise that its no use having quicks with a man who is unskilled orlando pirates, my husband nickname

      larrikin - 2011-04-01 16:19

      man go back to school, wat the hell

  • Rodney - 2011-03-30 14:09

    @dominic you are on the money with this one! They are racist! Why wasn't kallis arrested? He crashed into a wall which in my knowledge is a crime-malicious damage to property and all mphela did was park infront of a food outlet! Ja ne south africa is a far cry from the vision of nelson mandela

  • larrikin - 2011-04-01 16:21

    white traffic cops never let blacks driving expensive fast cars go by...FACT

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