Vilakazi faces another drunken driving charge

2011-12-14 00:00

FORMER uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi made a brief appearance in the Howick Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a drunk driving charge.

Vilakazi (44) is charged with driving his Jaguar recklessly on Langalibalele Road, Mpophomeni, on August 10, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol, alternatively driving with a blood alcohol level over the prescribed limit.

He was not represented by a lawyer, but said he would instruct Matthews Francis Incorporated to represent him.

uMngeni council dismissed him from his post as manager in 2009 after he was convicted of drunken driving by the Mooi River Magistrate’s Court.

People in Mpophomeni told The Witness on the day of the incident that they were woken up by a radio playing loudly in the vehicle while the driver slept.

Magistrate Thembinkosi Nene warned Vilakazi to come back with his legal representative on January 9.

After his appearance Vilakazi quickly left the court alone.

In March 2003 he was arrested in Hilton for drinking and driving and was released by the Howick Magistrate’s Court on R1 000 bail. He was acquitted in 2007.

In August 2008 he was arrested again after crashing into the back of a truck on the N3, writing off his Mercedes-Benz.

He was charged with drunken driving, failing to obey the directions of a traffic officer, refusal to give a specimen of his breath and malicious damage to property. Resisting arrest and assault charges were later added.

In December 2009 Vilakazi pleaded guilty to some of these charges and was sentenced to a fine of more than R30 000 or 18 months in custody.

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