Jogger apologises for showing Zuma disrespect

2010-02-19 11:58

THE Cape Town student who gave President Jacob Zuma’s blue light

convoy the finger has apologised for his actions, the police ministry said


Chumani Maxwele had two criminal records, one for common assault

and the other for riotous behaviour, both committed between 2007 and 2009,

spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said.

He said made Maxwele had apologised voluntarily on the day of his

arrest last week.

Maxwele and a friend were jogging during evening rush-hour along

the M3 towards the University of Cape Town when he gestured and “made a comment”

directed at “cars making noise“, his statement reads.

“Without any time I saw a car of police stopping by my side, two

mans (sic) came out shouting at me and they said: ‘Come, get in the car, you

disrespect the president of the republic of South Africa’ and he said they

arrest me for disrespecting the president.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the

president of the pepublic of South Africa, Mr Zuma, for my bad manners during

his transportation.

“I would like to apologise also to the people whom (sic) were

accompanying the president of South Africa as well as to the police,” he


Maxwele goes on to state he is “not a bad boy“ but a disciplined

member of his family, of the Woodstock community and the ANC Youth League.

Mnisi said according to captain Sandisile Mafunda, commander of the

officers that arrested Maxwele, he “was showing gestures with his right hand

with his middle finger pointing upright with the remaining fingers folded,

uttering the remarks towards the president’s convoy, saying, ‘Fuck you Zuma...

you are disrupting traffic’.”

The ministry had decided to make the statement public due to

“misrepresentation” of the facts of the matter.

Mnisi dismissed claims that Maxwele was “physically victimised”

during his arrest, saying he would have mentioned this in his affidavit.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in the statement: “Let us lay this

matter to rest as the person concerned has now apologised.”

Mnisi could not be reached for comment on reports earlier yesterday

that Mthethwa had asked the Independent Complaints Directorate to


The Sowetan reported last week that Maxwele was pushed into the

bodyguards’ car at gunpoint, had a bag pulled over his head, was held for just

under 24-hours while agents interrogated him and apparently asked for the names

of his friends and of his ANC branch chairperson. He said his house was raided

by plainclothes policemen while he was in custody. He was released before

appearing in court.


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