Vilakazi: more charges

2008-10-27 00:00

A trial date has been set for uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi, who faces six charges, including drunk driving, following an accident on the N3 in August.

Prosecutor in the Mooi River courts, Brian Ross, told The Witness yesterday that Vilakazi has a date with the courts on February 13.

Five more charges have been added to his original charge of driving under the influence of alcohol (with an alternative charge of reckless driving).

The new charges are:

• failing to obey the directions of a traffic officer;

• refusal to give a specimen of his breath;

• malicious damage to property;

• resisting arrest;

• assault.

The charges stem from an incident on August 2, when Vilakazi was arrested following an accident on the N3 near Mooi River in which his top-of-the-range maroon Mercedes Benz was written off.

Vilakazi was at Hidcote driving towards Howick when he rammed into a truck and his car became wedged underneath it. When the car was finally removed, the whole bonnet was left stuck under the truck.

He escaped with a minor cut on his right hand.

It is believed that Vilakazi would not co-operate with traffic officials and police at the scene when asked to take a breathalyser test, and that he assaulted a traffic official and kicked the door of a police car.

He was allegedly handcuffed because he was pushing and pulling the officers, said one officer who attended the scene.

The officer said Vilakazi was taken to an Estcourt doctor to have his blood tested for alcohol.

After the blood was drawn, he was detained in the Mooi River police station. He was later released on bail of R1 000.

It was the second time Vilakazi had been arrested on charges of drunk driving. He was previously arrested in 2003, but later acquitted.

When contacted shortly after the accident, Vilakazi confirmed that he was arrested and given R1 000 bail. He denied that the previous arrest and this one were damaging his reputation.

“This won’t damage my reputation because I’m confident that I will win this case again,” said Vilakazi.

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