Infamous drink spiller keen to enjoy Durban July, but will be more careful

2013-07-04 00:00

THREE years after the infamous drink spilling incident at the Vodacom Durban July, its impact is still affecting the Johannesburg businessman who was arrested and found guilty of assaulting President Jacob Zuma.

However, Daryl Peense told The Witness it wasn’t keeping him away from Greyville racecourse. He said he would be attending the event again this year.

“I haven’t stopped going to the July,” said Peense.

“We’ve also been to other races. But you still get people who come up to me and ask me what happened and I have to explain everything to them,” he said.

Despite all that had happened, Peense, who runs a horse-race tipping website, said he and his group of about 15 would use the day to have a good time and enjoy themselves.

“It’s a social event and it’s going to be spent entertaining clients.”

Peense was found guilty of assault after spilling his drink on Zuma at the 2010 Durban July. However, he avoided jail time by paying a fine of R8 000.

After the whole incident, Peense said he wouldn’t do anything differently.

“It was an accident. I didn’t go out there to spill my drink on the president. Accidents happen. Perhaps I’ll be a little bit more careful because anything small can end up becoming a mountain,” he said, adding that his legal costs came close to R200 000.

Peense and his group were expected to arrive in Durban by yesterday afternoon, and would remain in the city until Sunday when they would return home.

Who will he be putting his money on at this year’s July?

“Run For It. That’s the horse we’re looking at,” he said, adding that for him, the maximum bet he would put on the horse was R4 000.

“I’ll still party hard and have as much fun as I can.”

Also at the July will be the Le Clos family.

Swimming sensation Chad le Clos’s father, Bert, told The Witness the family were on the list at a number of tents. “I’ll pick up Chad from the airport and we’ll go straight to the July. We’ll be at the Sascoc tent, but we’re also down for a number of other tents,” he said, adding that he will also be joined by his wife, Geraldine, and other family members.

The Olympic gold medallist is currently in Hungary where he took part in the Hungarian Nationals.

Peense’s bet will all be in vain if the mystics are correct, Gameplan Media said in a statement yesterday.

According to sangoma Thembisani Mdlolo and psychic Sharataz Rai, Whiteline Fever will be first across the finish line, while clairvoyant and medium Jenny Ren Stodel’s crystal ball tipped Tribal Dance.

Stodel was also the only one to predict a top-three finish for Run For It, placing him second.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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