Man who ‘assaulted’ Zuma ‘treated like a murderer’

2011-07-30 10:15

A Gauteng man found guilty of assault after spilling a drink on President Jacob Zuma said he is being treated like a murderer, the Saturday Star reported.

“It was an accident. I understand the seriousness of the matter – if it were true – but I feel like I am being treated like a murderer,” Darryl Peense told the publication.

The incident took place at last year’s Durban July event.

“It has been a year of drama. I am miserable... I am not my normal self, I haven’t been for a long time,” the racehorse owner said.

Peense was convicted on Wednesday, and the case postponed to September 7 for sentencing.

“We will do whatever we can on the day of sentencing ... I am not sure if we will appeal if they sentence me harshly.

“I have already spent over R100 000 in legal fees. I would have to raise funds for an appeal,” he said.

“All I pray for now is no jail time.”

During the trial, Peense denied deliberately spilling his drink on Zuma, claiming he was pushed from behind by people trying to get a better view.

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