Yengeni absent from drunken driving case

2015-08-21 12:49
Tony Yengeni at a previous court appearance in June (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Tony Yengeni at a previous court appearance in June (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni was in Johannesburg as his drunken driving case was called up in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning.

Yengeni, out on bail, was apparently excused beforehand.

He did not miss much, because the matter was postponed for the umpteenth time.

Prosecutor David Jacobs told the court an impression had been created that the State was to blame for the last delay regarding the finalisation of plea agreement negotiations, when it was not.

He set out a timeline of correspondence between the Western Cape director of public prosecutions (DPP) and defence lawyer Sylvester Vogel.

It has been two years since Yengeni was arrested in Green Point, Cape Town, after officials allegedly noticed that he did not appear to have proper control of his Maserati.

As an alternative to the drunken driving charge, Yengeni allegedly drove with a blood-alcohol level of 0.25%, five times the legal limit of 0.05%.

When the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) decided in April to go ahead with the charges against him, Vogel pursued the route of plea negotiations.

On Friday, Vogel conceded that the wrong impression had been created about correspondence at his client's last appearance in June.

“What must be abundantly clear is that we always intended to negotiate and we have done so,” he said.

“We have meetings with the DPP, we have discussions and correspondence has flowed.”

He said they submitted a “proposal” earlier this month for the NDPP to consider.

Magistrate Nasha Banwari postponed the matter until September 25 for feedback from the NDPP.

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