Deputy public prosecutor held for drunken driving

2011-06-28 08:38
Johannesburg - The of National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane's deputy was expected to appear in court in August for driving under the influence, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

Silas Ramaite, one of four deputies under Simelane, was arrested near Makhado (Louis Trichardt) late on Friday, June 10, after he allegedly crashed his Jaguar into a bakkie, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

"No one was injured, but the local police could see he was drunk and arrested him. No breathalyser was done, but they could physically see, because of his wobbling, that he was drunk."

He spent the night in jail and appeared in the Louis Trichardt Magistrate's Court on Saturday, where he was released on R1 000 bail.

Blood samples were taken and sent for testing.

"We expect to get them back before the next appearance," Mulaudzi said.

He was alone in his car at the time. The bakkie driver was uninjured and not found to be drunk.

The Star reported on Monday said Ramaite was still on duty despite the charge.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga had confirmed to the newspaper that Ramaite was still on duty.

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