Zizi Kodwa: Zero alcohol in blood test

2011-12-21 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Zizi Kodwa, an adviser to President Jacob Zuma, said yesterday tests had shown there was no alcohol in his blood when he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last month.

He tweeted: “Blood sample results are back, alcohol in my blood: ZERO, I told them.”

Kodwa was pulled over in the early hours of the morning in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and appeared in the Hillbrow Magistate’s Court on a charge of drunk driving after a blood sample was taken. He was released on bail of R1 000 and the case was postponed until May.

Kodwa, a former ANC Youth League spokesperson, is known as a teetotaller and was adamant that he was sober and was wrongly arrested.

He has already launched a lawsuit claiming R5 million in damages for wrongful arrest and illegal detention.

His blood sample was tested at the Health Depaprtment’s forensic laboratory.

His lawyer, Gugulethu Madlanga, told City Press that the lawsuit would continue.

He said Kodwa yesterday received the official report absolving him.

“The arrest was very bad for my client. He pleaded with the police not to arrest him and insisted he was not drunk.

“We still don’t understand why he was arrested.”

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