Speeding: Premier’s driver held

2012-08-01 00:00

PREMIER Zweli Mkhize’s driver was arrested after being caught allegedly speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol on the N2 near Mthunzini yesterday evening.

The man, who cannot be named until he pleads to the charges in connection with the incident, was trapped travelling at 183 km/h along a stretch with a 120 km/h speed limit.

Well-placed sources said his blood alcohol level was measured at 0,84, several times the legal limit of 0,05 g per 100 ml.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed that the man arrested was the premier’s driver.

It was not clear, however, whether the man was driving a state or private vehicle.

Mkhize’s spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, declined to comment on the matter, saying he did not have all the details.

“What we can confirm is that the premier was not in the vehicle at the time.

“This matter is being handled by law enforcement agencies, including the Road Traffic Inspectorate who apprehended him,” Sibiya said.

“We believe that those agencies are better placed to comment on this matter.”

Sibiya would not say whether the man was driving a state or private vehicle when arrested.

A source told The Witness last night that it had proved difficult to identify the vehicle’s owner.

“The number plate supplied is either incorrect or there is a problem with the vehicle, as it does not appear on the system.”

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