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High-profile speedsters: 'Everyone equal’

Minister Peters says Julius Malema and Steve Hofmeyr didn’t receive special treatment.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says Julius Malema and Steve Hofmeyr didn’t receive special treatment. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says the arrest of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema and well-known Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr for speeding sends a clear message that everyone is equal when driving on the countries roads.

Malema was caught traveling at 215 kilometres per hour in a 120 zone just outside Vanderbijlpark on Thursday.

The firebrand political leader was travelling with three friends on their way from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg when his vehicle triggered the high speed unit's monitors.

Hofmeyr was arrested for speeding at 169 kilometres per hour in Bronkhorstspruit, also in a 120 zone

He says he was rushing from Pretoria to a concert in Badplaas when he was pulled over.

Peters is pleased Malema and Hofmeyr have not received preferential treatment due to their profiles.

"It doesn't matter if you're a minister or celebrity because you will face the wrath of the law."

Peters says the two public figures are supposed to lead by example and not transgress road traffic laws.

Malema was released on R5,000 bail as determined by the National Prosecuting Authority and Hofmeyr was released on R500 bail as determined by the police station.

Malema is expected to appear in court next year for reckless and negligent driving while Hofmeyr will stand in the dock on Monday.