He’s done it again

2011-08-11 00:00

FORMER uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi was arrested and charged with drinking and driving and malicious damage to property in the early hours of yesterday morning.

This is Vilakazi’s third arrest on the same charges.

This time the reportedly inebriated Vilakazi demolished a residential perimeter wall of a Mpophomeni house with his battered Jaguar four-door sedan.

The council dismissed him from his post in 2009 after he was convicted of drunken driving by the Mooi River Magistrate’s Court.

Witnesses said Vilakazi was so drunk that he fell to the ground when the door of his luxury vehicle was opened to get him out.

The owner of the house, Owen Ndlela, said he was woken up by a loud crash and went outside to investigate.

Ndlela saw a car “hanging” on his concrete fence and thought he was dreaming.

“The vehicle was still idling and loud music was playing,” he said.

Neighbours who heard the crash also emerged from their homes.

The doors and windows of the car were locked and the driver looked to be sound asleep.

“We knocked hard on the windows, but he would not wake up.

“After a long time he moved his head and hands, and that’s when he accidentally pressed a button that opened a window on the passenger side.

“He was pulled out and as soon as he was out of the car he fell to the ground.

“He lifted himself up and started asking as to who we are, where he was and how he got where he was,” said Ndlela.

He said the police were called and arrested Vilakazi after blood samples were drawn at Northdale Hospital.

Later, at about 4 am, Vilakazi’s wife arrived with a tow truck to remove the Jaguar from the fence.

She told Ndlela she “hoped she could sort this out”, but he opted to involve the police.

“I still believe that I did the right thing to involve the police,” said Ndlela.

Howick police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley confirmed that blood samples were taken from Vilakazi and that he was charged with drunken driving and malicious damage to property.

Moodley said, “I can confirm that Mr Vilakazi had blacked out when the police arrived at the scene.

“After blood samples were drawn he was detained and released yesterday afternoon on warning. He will appear in the Howick Magistrate’s Court today.”

In March 2003 Vilakazi was arrested in Hilton for drinking and driving and was released by the Howick Magistrate’s Court on R1 000 bail. He was acquitted in 2007.

In August 2008 he was arrested for a similar offence following an accident in which his Mercedes-Benz was written off when he crashed into the back of a truck on the N3 near Mooi River.

He was charged with drunken driving, failing to obey directions of a traffic officer, refusal to give a specimen of his breath and malicious damage to property.

Resisting arrest and assault charges were later added.

In December 2009 Vilakazi pleaded guilty to some of these charges and was sentenced to a fine of more than R30 000 or jail of more than 18 months.

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