Arrest: Premier’s driver was armed

2012-08-02 00:00

A DRIVER for the KwaZulu-Natal premier, who was arrested for allegedly speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol, was also in possession of a firearm at the time, the National Prosecuting Authority said yesterday.

NPA spokesperson Natasha Ram­kisson said Petros Gwala, who appeared briefly in the Mtunzini Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, was also charged with being in possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. Gwala was released on R1 000 bail.

Law enforcement sources told The Witness on Wednesday that the Mercedes Benz involved in the incident was registered to the premier’s office and that Gwala is a police officer attached to the Provincial Security Services.

He faces a disciplinary hearing as well as the court case.

A breathalyser test revealed he had a breath-alcohol level of 0,84g/100ml, several times over the legal limit of 0,05g/100ml.

Ramkisson said the case against Gwala was postponed to October 15 to await the outcome of blood tests taken after his arrest.

Ndabezinhle Sibiya, spokesperson for the premier, said he could not comment on the incident as it “may be interpreted in some quarters as interfering with the work of law enforcement agencies”. — WR.

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