uMngeni’s ‘drunk’ manager case postponed

2008-08-04 00:00

The drunk driving case against uMngeni Municipality manager Dumisani Vilakazi was postponed for further investigation at the Mooi River Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Vilakazi was arrested after an accident on the N3 at Hidcote outside Mooi River on Saturday, in which his top-of-the-range maroon Mercedes Benz was written off.

An official at the court said that, for now, Vilakazi, who is out on bail of R1 000, has been charged with drunk driving. The official said further investigation could lead to other charges, such as reckless driving. It is the second time he has been arrested for allegedly drunk driving. He was arrested in 2003, but acquitted in 2007.

DA councillor at the municipality Moira Grueneberg called for disciplinary action against Vilakazi as soon as the court case against him is over.

“His behaviour is unacceptable and is an embarrassment to the municipality … I was [told] that during his arrest he was violent … That displayed that he has no regard for law enforcement,” said Grueneberg.

uMngeni Mayor Edward Dladla said Vilakazi only told him he was involved in an accident, but not that he was arrested for drunk driving.

“I only saw in the paper that he was arrested for drunk driving. The fact that the incident happened while he was off duty makes it difficult for us to do anything,” said Dladla.

He said Vilakazi’s arrest has a negative effect on the political image of the municipality.

“But I cannot comment about possible actions [against Vilakazi] until I gather all facts,” said Dladla.

bhans@witness.co.za

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