Man who spilt drink on Jacob Zuma back at Durban July

2014-07-04 16:43

President Jacob Zuma and the man found guilty of assaulting him for spilling his drink on him at the 2011 Durban July will be back at the famous horse race this year.

“Yes, I will definitely be there tomorrow,” said Daryl Peense ahead of tomorrow’s event at the Greyville racecourse.

“I suggested this year they give me a sippy cup so that I don’t have any spillage this time,” he said, referring to a child’s spouted drinking cup.

In November 2011, Peense spilt his drink on Zuma and was arrested at the event.

He was later found guilty and fined R8 000, suspended for three years, by the Durban Magistrates’ Court.

During his trial, Peense denied deliberately spilling his drink on the president, claiming it spilt when people pushed against him to get a better view of Zuma.

He claimed he was drunk at the time and was standing over a balcony when this happened.

It emerged during the trial that the spilt drink had not touched Zuma because a bodyguard had shielded him.

Peense said today he would be sitting in the same spot as he did in 2011.

“I’m in the same place I was the last time. I sit at the same spot every year, just above the parade ring,” he said, predicting that horse number 14, Captain America, would win the race.

The presidency said Zuma was expected to attend the event, but that this could change without notice.

Peense quipped: “I probably won’t even see him [Zuma] ... But today I’m in a state of sobriety, tomorrow I might not be.”

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