Court: OJ gets off drink charge

2009-06-24 00:00

FOOTBALL star Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela, arrested in Pietermaritzburg last December on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, was acquitted by Pietermaritzburg magistrate Dieter Schultz yesterday.

At the time of his arrest, Mabizela was allegedly driving with an breath-alcohol level of 1,09 mg per 1 000 ml.The legal limit is 0,24 mg per 1 000 ml breath.

Schultz said Mabizela’s constitutional rights were not properly explained to him at his arrest and he was thus entitled to an acquittal.

The arresting officer said in a previous appearance that he had warned Mabizela in terms of “judges’ rules”, that anything he might say could be written down and might be used against him.

The Witness reported at the time of the arrest that Mabizela was driving a black Chrysler with four passengers. — OC.




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