Vilakazi charges provisionally withdrawn

2012-01-10 00:00

DRINKING and driving charges against the former uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi were provisionally withdrawn by the Howick Magistrate’s Court, as it still awaits blood test results.

Vilakazi (44) was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, alternatively driving with an alcohol level over the prescribed limit and reckless, or negligent driving while driving his Jaguar NR 745 along Langalibalele Road in Mpophomeni on August 10 of last year.

Vilakazi and his lawyer refused to comment to the media.

“I don’t have anything to say,” said Vilakazi leaving the court accompanied by his lawyer.

Vilakazi was dismissed by the uMmgeni local council from his post as municipal manager in 2009 after he was convicted for driving under the influence by the Mooi River Magistrate’s Court.

Magistrate Thembinkosi Nene said the state misled the court on December 13 when it said it was ready for trial as the state knew very well that the investigation has not been completed.

It asked that the charges be provisionally withdrawn as the blood test was delayed at the laboratory.

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.

Vilakazi was acquitted on this charge in 2007.

In August 2008, Vilakazi 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.

Vilakazi was charged with drinking and 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 18 months in custody.


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