Blood tests clear Zizi Kodwa

2011-12-20 22:25
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma’s communications adviser, Zizi Kodwa, says he has been vindicated by blood samples taken after he was arrested for alleged drunken driving last month.

On his Twitter page, Kodwa said: “Blood sample results are back, alcohol in my blood: ZER0, I told them banyile ngekhe ndibayeke (Xhosa for “they’re shitting, I won’t let it go”).

The unlawful arrest claim for damages of R5m against police will proceed, but the court date is yet to be finalised, according to Kodwa’s lawyer, Gugulethu Madlanga.

In a follow-up tweet Kodwa, a teetotaller, said his lawyers were in contact with the national prosecuting authority (NPA) about the dropping of the charge.

The former ANC Youth League spokesperson was arrested on November 11 in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and released on R1 000 bail after appearing at the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court.

Madlanga said he was notified of the results last Wednesday, but only got confirmation in writing on Tuesday.

“The criminal charges were very painful to my client and police have not explained why they arrested him,” Madlanga said.

He said Kodwa pleaded with them, insisting that he was not drunk.

The charge has not been withdrawn.

“Only the director of public prosecutions can do that,” Madlanga said.

Police are yet to respond to requests for comment.
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