Back to prison for Yengeni?

2007-11-27 00:00

Depending on the investigation and its outcome, the consequences of the arrest range from amendments made to Yengeni’s bail conditions to the revoking of his parole.

Wolela said the person responsible for “managing or supervising” Yengeni will have to “gather information” about the incident, which will then go to the department and to the parole board, before a pronouncement can be made on his fate.

Wolela said it is difficult to put a time frame on this process.

Yengeni was arrested in Goodwood, Cape Town, on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said yesterday.

Senior Superintendent Siphiwo Hewena, station commander at the Goodwood police station, said Yengeni was arrested on Sunday evening after his black BMW swerved and landed on an island.

Patrolling police smelled alcohol on his breath when they stopped to investigate.

Asked whether he had been drinking, Yengeni said he had not and that he had taken flu medication.

Police were not convinced. Yengeni was then arrested and taken for blood tests. He was detained at the Goodwood police station for about four hours and released on R500 bail.

Western Cape police spokesman Senior Superintendent Billy Jones, however, could not confirm that the person arrested was Yengeni.

“We are not at liberty to implicate people by name until they have appeared in court of law.

“We can only confirm that we have arrested a 53-year-old man … for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol,” he said in a statement.

Jones said the man was arrested in the early hours of Monday, and released on bail.

Yengeni is still on parole after his 2003 conviction for defrauding Parliament by failing to disclose a 47% discount on a luxury 4x4 Mercedes-Benz. He lost an appeal against his four-year sentence, but spent only a few months in Malmesbury Prison from August last year to early January this year.

Conditions include a stipulation that Yengeni may not use liquor or drugs — other than those prescribed by a doctor — until September 23 next year, nor may he visit any place where liquor is consumed.

Democratic Alliance correctional services spokesman James Selfe called for a review of Yengeni’s parole conditions.

Freedom Front Plus spokesman on correctional services, Pieter Groenewald, said yesterday that if Correctional Services did not act immediately, “it would be proof that preferential treatment is given to high profile ANC members”. He called on the department to put Yengeni back in jail.

— Sapa.

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