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Premier's driver had a gun

2012-08-02 10:36

Johannesburg - A driver for the KwaZulu-Natal premier, who was arrested for speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol, had also been in possession of a firearm, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Thursday.

NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said Maziwinkosi Petros Gwala, who appeared briefly in the Mtunzini Magistrate's Court on Wednesday morning on charges of speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol, was also charged with being in possession of a firearm whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Gwala was released on R1 000 bail, the provincial transport department said on Wednesday.

The 42-year-old was driving on the N2 at Fairbreeze, near Mthunzini on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast on Tuesday, when he was allegedly caught doing 183km/h in a 120km/h zone, KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said.

According to the Witness newspaper, a breathalyser test revealed he had a blood-alcohol level several times over the legal limit of 0.05g/100ml.

Mngomezulu said she would only be able to comment on Gwala's blood-alcohol level when the results of blood tests were known.

She could not immediately confirm whether the Mercedes-Benz he was driving was his personal car or a state car.

Premier Zweli Mkhize was not in the car at the time. Mngomezulu said Gwala had been travelling from Pietermaritzburg to Mthunzini, which was 230km away.

Ndabezinhle Sibiya, spokesperson for the premier, said he could not comment on the incident as it "may be interpreted in some quarters as interfering with the work of law enforcement agencies".

Comments
  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-02 10:45

    That Merc is a state car I can guarantee you that!

      Squeegee - 2012-08-02 11:04

      So he was just doing what he does every day? Lock him up.

      sikelenge.cdexolisa - 2012-08-02 13:00

      You think he cant own a Mercedes coz he works as a driver

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-02 13:03

      No I think its a state car cause he works in government and government employees always abuse their privileges!

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-08-02 14:14

      I think he stole that government car, but now his comrades are going to hide the fact to try to keep him out of jail. This is more proof you cannot give these people resposibility for such expensive cars. they should drive cheap chinese cars

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-02 14:23

      The Chinese r going to rule the world!

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-08-02 11:06

    What was he doing 230km away, collecting the newspaper?

      Squeegee - 2012-08-02 11:44

      His GPS can't keep up with the new street names...

      eric.west.984 - 2012-08-02 12:07

      Probably providing a taxi service for his buddies. That's what they do!

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-02 11:10

    Says a lot about the quality of our SAPS members! These drivers are supposed to be hand-picked! The cream of the crop so to speak. BTW: Your gun is for fun, your firearm is for shooting.

  • vicker.man.5 - 2012-08-02 11:10

    Bang bang, shoot 'em up The party never ends Who can think of dying when the bottles your best friend......

  • david.reddy.18 - 2012-08-02 11:12

    He would have got away if he had his blue lights on

      dxg.trust - 2012-08-02 11:36

      Its the buttholes like him who make me sick and stressed when using the roads in this country, especially when our children are in our cars

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-02 11:19

    Pffff, nothing to say anymore about the leaders of this country.No morals, FIRE HIM.

  • ludi.birk - 2012-08-02 11:19

    He had a gun? How else can he shoot someone who gets into his way?

  • mina.moo.14 - 2012-08-02 11:55

    Nice. So he has a Mercedes that looks exactly like the premiers Merc.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-02 11:58

    Was this an on-duty incident? If it was whover this guy reports to should also be visible. Time to expose and embarress!

  • jeanlouis.indekeu - 2012-08-02 13:40

    Premier Zweli Mkhize did not know where her driver was or which car he was using ? Another well paid cANCer who read Micky Mouse Magazines rather than doing her job !

      peter.gibbs.5895 - 2012-08-12 16:39

      She is a he...

  • keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-02 14:36

    I would like to know why you use an auctioneers hammer as a symbol for legal, court matters. I have never seen a South African judge using one. Unless you are trying to imply that you can bribe our judges, and that they will rule in favour of the highest bidder.

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-08-02 20:27

      The instrument you're referring to is called a gavel. It is used by both judges and auctioneers. Thankfully I've never been in court for anything, so I don't know if the SA judges use one, but I would think so.

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-03 11:41

      Twolips, maybe in uncivilized countries like the USA judges have to knock down justice to the highest bidder, but I like to think that our judges cannot be bribed. That's not to say that money has no part to play in some cases but belonging to the ANC is a surer way of escaping a prison sentence, making your docket disappear. We now have Plea Bargaining, which is not necessarily a transparent operation.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-08-02 21:45

    "She could not immediately confirm whether the Mercedes-Benz he was driving was his personal car or a state car." So its not only politicians who drive Mercs, but their drivers too?

  • pngee - 2012-08-07 13:36

    Another example of a very bad example, these beaurocrats really believe that they are above the law.

  • alf.pop - 2012-08-12 15:16

    He was driving under the influence! Why is he out on bail? No one size fits all justice in South Africa!

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