Court postpones Tony Yengeni’s drink-driving case again

2015-01-28 12:22

ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni will have to wait another few months to find out whether his drink-driving charges will be withdrawn, the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court has heard.

The court heard that the director of public prosecutions had communicated with the national director of public prosecutions and that the state was awaiting an outcome.

The matter was postponed until April 8 for feedback on the charges. Yengeni’s R500 bail was extended.

Yengeni last appeared in November, when he was told that the director of public prosecutions was still considering his written representations.

Yengeni has not yet pleaded to the drink-driving and reckless or negligent driving charges.

As an alternative to the drink-driving charge, Yengeni allegedly drove with a blood-alcohol level of 0.25%, five times the legal limit of 0.05.

Yengeni was arrested in August 2013 after City of Cape Town law enforcement officials saw him allegedly driving his Maserati erratically in the Cape Town CBD.

The city’s safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said Yengeni had been one of 52 people arrested during a weekend operation.

Smith alleged that at least one of Yengeni’s car number plates was missing at the time. He said a screening device had indicated Yengeni was substantially over the blood alcohol level.

For this reason Yengeni was taken to the “shadow centre” for a blood sample to be taken and sent for analysis.

In 2007, Yengeni was arrested in Goodwood, Cape Town, on a charge of drink-driving, but was found not guilty.

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