Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele apologised last night for being arrested after driving recklessly earlier in the day and bringing the club into disrepute.

Jele was nabbed by the Gauteng Traffic Police’s High Speed Unit. He was driving a 135i BMW, allegedly travelling on the M1 near Sandton at a speed of 223km/h.

Gauteng department of community safety spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo said he told the police he was rushing home. “He said his child is gravely ill and he needed to attend to the child. He is not a medical doctor. He should have called the doctor.”


Jele was arrested on the spot and taken to Sandton Police Station where he was formally charged for reckless driving and exceeding the prescribed limit of 120km/h. In a statement released by the club, Jele admitted being arrested and taken to the Sandton police station and was later released on bail. Captain Molefe Mogodi was unavailable for comment last night. Jele is expected to appear in court soon.

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