Arrested Kodwa ‘to sue’

2011-11-12 00:00

ZIZI Kodwa, President Jacob Zuma’s former spokesperson and currently an adviser in the Presidency, says he will sue the police after being locked up yesterday on suspicion of drunk driving.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale, at about 2 am yesterday, Kodwa was pulled over in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to a district surgeon and a blood sample was drawn for analysis. He spent several hours in police cells and was released on R1 000 bail at about 9 am. The case will be back in court early next year, Mogale.

In response to a query by Beeld, Kodwa said last night: “I can confirm that an illegal and malicious arrest was made yesterday, if that’s what you are referring to.”

He said that in the past, he did used to “enjoy a glass of alcohol”, but no longer drinks at all.

“I was indeed approached by two alleged police officers last night — and I say alleged police officers because they never introduced themselves or showed any identification,” he said.“They asked me where I was coming from and what I was doing in Rosebank, and I answered that I was returning from a function but I was completely sober.”

He said he insisted on being told why he was being pulled over, and the officers merely said that people driving around Rosebank at that time of night had usually “been partying”.

After that, he drove his own car to the Rosebank police station, but there was no equipment there to test his blood alcohol level.

He was then taken to a nearby district surgeon’s office, but because there was no doctor there, his blood was only drawn between 4 and 4.30 am at a clinic in Hillbrow.

He was then taken back to the Rosebank station and kept in the cells for about three hours.

“They told me it takes about six months to get the results of the blood tests, but I have instructed my lawyer to make application for the immediate release of these results,” Kodwa said. “How can they simply lock you up because they suspect you have had a drink? Don’t they have to have some proof to back up their suspicions?

“I have instructed my lawyer to immediately begin the paperwork to open a case of illegal and malicious arrest, and I hope the authorities react speedily to the case,” he said.

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