Town boss’s drunk trial delayed

2009-02-15 00:00

The municipal manager of uMngeni municipality, Dumisani Vilakazi, appeared briefly in the Mooi River magistrate's court on Friday in connection with seven charges including drinking and driving, but the case was postponed to give his attorney time to obtain and study various witness statements in preparation for trial.

Mooi River prosecutor Brian Ross objected to the postponement on grounds that the defence has had ample opportunity to obtain any statements they require, the trial date having been decided on October 24 last year, but magistrate Gerrie Muller agreed to grant the adjournment on grounds that the accused would be prejudiced if he did not do so.

However, he warned Vilakazi and his attorney, A. Mpungose, that this was a final adjournment of the matter.

The case has been provisionally postponed to February 27, on which date a final trial date will be decided on.

Ross said the state was ready to proceed to trial on Friday and he cleared his diary for that purpose.

The charges facing Vilakazi arise from an accident on the N3 on August 2 last year near Mooi River. Vilakazi’s maroon Mercedes Benz car was written off when he rammed into a truck, wedging the vehicle underneath it. He reportedly suffered a minor cut to his hand.

Vilakazi was arrested in the wake of the accident and later granted bail of R1 000.

He faces charges of drunk driving alternatively driving whilst the alcohol in his blood exceeded the legal limit. His blood alcohol level was allegedly 0,25 g per 100 ml of blood — the legal limit being 0,05g per 100 ml of blood.

He is also charged with refusing to blow into breathalyser equipment; defeating the administration of justice (for allegedly having removed a number plate from his vehicle); reckless and negligent driving, malicious injury to property for allegedly kicking a police vehicle; resisting arrest and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm to traffic officer Trevor Andrews.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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