Premier Zweli Mkhize escapes harm after drunk driver side-swipes car

2009-09-29 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Zweli Mkhize and two of his bodyguards were involved in an accident with an alleged drunk driver on the N3 near Ashburton last night. No one was injured.

The head of the SAPS accident unit, Captain Dolf Otto, who attended the scene of the accident, said the premier’s vehicle sustained damage as a result of being “side swiped” by the other vehicle, a VW Polo Playa, but did not leave the road or overturn. The accident happened at about 7.45 pm.

The premier’s escort vehicle chased after the driver of the Polo who did not stop, but sped on in the direction of Pietermaritzburg. They succeeded in pulling the car over and the driver (27) was handed over to the police. He was also not hurt.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that the driver of the Polo had taken a breathalyser test and was allegedly found to be over the legal limit. “He was placed under arrest and charged. He should appear in court soon,” he said.

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