Tshwane council spokesperson arrested for drunk driving

2013-12-27 15:00

A senior City of Tshwane employee was arrested for allegedly driving while drunk.

Tshwane council spokesperson Selby Bokaba was arrested by Tshwane Metro police officers at the Atterbury Road offramp on the N1 at about 2am on Christmas Day, The Star reported.

Bokaba told The Star’s sister paper, the Pretoria News, that tests would show his blood alcohol level was not over the legal limit.

“I told the officer I had a glass of wine. He was very aggressive and confrontational and wanted to take a breathalyser test, but I refused. I had a drink but I was not over the limit.

“There is no law stating you can’t drive after one drink,” Bokaba said.

Bokaba told the paper he was handcuffed by the “aggressive” officer and taken to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, with police sirens blaring, for his blood to be drawn. He said the officer did not stop at any red traffic lights on the way to the hospital or the police station.

“Blood tests were conducted at the hospital and we will await the results. I did not break any law,” he said.

Bokaba was taken to the Brooklyn Police Station where he was released at about 7am on Christmas Day. He was warned to appear in court next year.

Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba urged Bokaba to lay a complaint about the way the officer had treated him.

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