Peense selling T-shirts

2011-11-05 00:00

DARYL Peense, who made national headlines for allegedly assaulting the president with whisky, said he is not surprised Jacob Zuma knew nothing of the incident and that he just wants the matter over and done with.

“It’s exhausting, emotionally and definitely financially,” he said, adding that he has spent over R100 000 on legal fees and travel expenses.

Peense has resorted to raising funds by selling T-shirts with his name on it to settle his debts.

“It may sound ludicrous, but I have to do what I had to do. I would do anything to take back that ‘spillage’,” he said.

That “spillage” is the butt of many jokes among his friends, who often joke, “Be careful not to spill anything now.”

“I was pissed, it’s as simple as that, but that was never my intention to ‘viciously target the president’ with my glass of whisky. Besides, that’s wasting,” he quipped.

Zuma said he does not recall Daryl Peense spilling a drink on him at the Durban July last year, the Durban Magistrate’s Court heard this week.

“When I spoke to the president he told me that he did not know Peense and didn’t see him spill a drink on him,” probation officer Masisi Modikoane testified.

She said she was scheduled to meet Zuma on September 27 at his residence in Mahlamba Ndlopfu in Pretoria, but this did not materialise.

Zuma told her by telephone that the meeting could not take place because of unforeseen circumstances.

On September 27, she met his legal advisers who replied to her prepared questions on Zuma’s behalf.

“The president was reluctant to see me. He told me he wasn’t in a position to answer the questions I had prepared because he did not know all the contents of the case.”

Modikoane said Zuma communicated in a letter to her that he would rely on the court to judge the matter.

Modikoane recommended a suspended sentence for Peense so he could attend a rehabilitation programme for an alcohol problem.

In response, Peense said, “If they think I need rehabilitation and if it’s going to make this a speedy process, it’s off to rehab I go.”

Peense was found guilty of assault on July 27 by the Durban Magistrate’s Court. He denied deliberately spilling his drink, claiming people pushed against him to get a better view of Zuma. He claimed he was drunk at the time and was standing on a balcony when this happened.

Modikoane described Peense as positive and co-operative during an interview.

Correctional officer Adrian Moodley testified that Peense is not affiliated to any political party. He conducted a telephone interview with Peense and recommended the court grant him correctional supervision.

Moodley testified that he attempted to interview the president, but his personal assistant said Zuma was busy. The matter has been postponed to November 30

Find him on Facebook by searching, Daryl “Dop Morser” Peense.

• rowan.sewchurran@witness.co.za

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