Man admits spilling drink on Jacob Zuma

2011-03-22 14:16

Durban - The man accused of spilling his drink on President Jacob Zuma during the Durban July last year admitted in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Tuesday that he did so, but said it was unintentional.

"The accused, Daryl Peense, admits that a small quantity of the whisky and water which he was drinking spilled from his glass," said defence attorney, Jimmy Howse, reading from a sworn statement.

He said Peense was standing over a balcony when this happened.

"The accused was drunk at the time and his drink spilled accidentally. None of the drink spilt [on] the president.

"The accused didn't intend to cause injury to the president nor to impair his bodily integrity in any way. There has been no complaint by the president," said Howse, reading from the statement.

No harm

Howse said there was no physical contact and no harm was inflicted on the president.

"It is necessary for the alleged victim [Zuma] to at least complain and explain that his bodily integrity was violated. The president has not made any complaint of assault."

Constable Funani Edgar Nemaenzhe, based in Pretoria with the presidential protection unit, gave evidence on what occurred on that day.

"I was protecting the president. We were walking with the president and greeting jockeys. As we walked toward our holding room we had to walk under a balcony."

Nemaenzhe said he and the other police officers were walking in a diamond shape and that President Zuma was in the middle. There were seven of them.

"I was walking at the back as we walked past the balcony. There was a man and people were waving at the president. The man was leaning on the balcony with his hands on the rails."

From a few metres away, he could see Peense on the balcony.

'Poured it onto the president'

"Just before we passed through, I noticed he had a tumbler in his hand then he poured it onto the president. After doing so he moved back," said Nemaenzhe.

He said bodyguard number one protected the president with his jacket so that he did not get wet. He said Peense's glass was directed down toward the president.

"We and the other police officers pursued the guy looking for him. He was not where he was standing. After a few minutes... I noticed him."

Nemaenzhe said he held Peense back and asked him what he had done.

"He said it was not intentional. I asked why he moved back if it was unintentional and he could not answer that."

The police officer told the court that he then took Peense to a satellite police station where he made a statement.

He said he could smell alcohol on Peense, the accused could not walk straight and his speech was slurred.

Peense, 31, of Alberton is a racehorse owner. He is facing an assault charge.

  • Nice Guy - 2011-03-22 14:20

    Pity he did spil a glass of urine on the president

      djg - 2011-03-22 14:24

      or cotch!

      Sipho - 2011-03-22 16:11

      Zuma is a permanent wetbag in every sense of the word and no tiny spill of alcohol on him is going to make much difference!!

      G.du Plessis - 2011-03-22 16:16

      You are not a very nice guy - no need to stoop to sub human behaviour.

      Sheda Hab - 2011-03-22 18:36

      I think it is disgusting. We have freedom of speech. If he had a problem with our President then he could have expressed himself - like we do, right here on News24. He said it was an accident - I do not believe Darryl Peense. He is an embarrasment to all South Africans.

      jouplesier - 2011-03-22 18:52

      no sheda, Zoom Zoom is an embarrassment to south africa; Dyrryl Peense is a Hero!!!! (just a pity its not urine as nice guy said )

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-22 14:27

    Mr. Peense should be prosecuted. There are many people in our country who cannot afford this kind of drink, and he goes and wastes it on embellishing the president.

      angeline.ntenjwa1 - 2011-03-22 15:36

      i cant stop reading this

      e.henning101 - 2011-03-22 16:28

      Hahahaaaaa...hahaha! Excellent! You are killing me! Razor sharp @maseratifitt!

      Great White - 2011-03-22 18:07

      What a waste of good scotch...

      Stox - 2011-03-23 11:30

      Prosecuted for spilling a drink? Wow. Being a barman would be the most stressful job in the world. Idjit.

  • PikeLee - 2011-03-22 14:32

    if the president had any class what so ever, he would have forgotten about it. But like a weak reed, he sway's at the smallest breeze...

      Ghost - 2011-03-22 14:35

      Except that the president hasn't actually complained. It is his protection unit, and in all honesty, I would be damn pissed if I had to ruin a good suit for a drunk idiot who doesn't know his limit.

      Melly30 - 2011-03-22 15:09

      Ghost - PLEASE... Have you ever spilled your drink on anyone before???? YOUR money paid for "Zuma's" suit anyway... YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY!

  • Felix - 2011-03-22 14:33

    I'm glad they are getting some serious work done in the courts these days.

      Abram Juice Ndlovu - 2011-03-22 15:47

      so much work indeed Felix ... LOL!!!

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-22 14:36

    What was Zuma doing there? Trying to be like the "white elite"? That will never happen. Maybe Mr Peense wanted to "give the man a bells"

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  • Kale - 2011-03-22 14:46

    Should have dropped napalm on him. Problem solved

  • Jou - 2011-03-22 14:48

    were there no bricks nearby???

  • mike881 - 2011-03-22 14:51

    What a waste of whiskey - hopefully it was just rot-gut and not the good stuff. Still it might have been more effective for zuma than his usual post coital water shower.

  • oceantek - 2011-03-22 14:51

    Is this real? I checked the date and it isn't April 1st! Don't the police, prosecuters and the courts have better things to do? Surely the President's ego is not so fragile that having a drink spilled on him constitutes assault! Or is this a case of his bodyguards overreacting yet again,as they did with the student in Cape Town some time ago.

      exocist - 2011-03-22 16:19

      NO Max it's because he is a stupid gutsless president, did we mock or joke when mr. mandela was president? always quick with the old race card hey

  • Gardener - 2011-03-22 14:52

    No wonder the courts are behind with so many cases. It is because they waste time on bullsh@t like this!!!!!

  • Riaan - 2011-03-22 14:53

    why didn't he rather finish his drink ! and puked on him . . . . .

      Max - 2011-03-22 15:47

      Why? Because he is a black president. We had enough of your racist comments, and will never, never vote for your DA party. Come 18 May, we stand by our ANC

      Susan Maritz - 2011-03-22 16:35

      Good luck my friend. Because he's using YOUR money to buy everything. Go vote for him, maybe he'll give you a house...or KFC

      michaelph - 2011-03-22 16:40

      @Max - Grow up Max - what's the big deal? So what if someone spilt a drink on someone else. President or not is this really a newsworthy story? JZ is just another human that also eats drinks and shits - just like the rest of us. Being in the public eye does not make him anymore important or better than you or me. What's a little more troubling is that you immediately call someone else a racist. Maybe you should grow some self esteem and put things into perspective

      braveinternetguy - 2011-03-22 16:55

      @Max - You see, that's the problem. You don't vote ANC because "they are the best for South Africa" simply vote ANC to spite whites. You are an idiot. Please pack your bags and leave South Africa. We don't want your kind here.

      Janine - 2011-03-22 17:21

      @Max - I don't care what colour the President is - I just expect one that is honest, has integrity and doesn't talk c**p.

      Great White - 2011-03-22 18:33

      Max, I really couldn't give a continental what colour the Boss is. Politicians are, for the most part, egotistical clowns. Your post, however, reminds me of the Duke's statement; Life’s’s even tougher if you’re stupid…

  • Welleducated - 2011-03-22 14:57

    A terrible crime indead! Millions of Rands needs to be spent on this case, without any doubt, and an appeal and a prison term is complusory. After all, it was ASSUALT BY WATER AND WISKEY! It requires the entire's countries resources immediately! Nationaluse the mines to pay for this gross incident of life and death!

  • mhlebe - 2011-03-22 14:58

    so what happens to me if i spill my whiskey on a normal run of the mill civilian?Get sentenced to life?

  • threezero - 2011-03-22 15:00

    What a banana republic we have become...

  • Megareader - 2011-03-22 15:02

    And bra schaik is a free man. How can this crime be so bad that it has to be prosecuted. Cmon Mr Zuma call it off.

  • Travie - 2011-03-22 15:02

    lets be honest guys we all know hate Zuma, but I personally also hate those drunk idiots who try and do funny things to you to impress there friends. I would have been upset if that happened to me as well. Although only for a few minutes but even if I did go and try open a case they would tell me there is no case... ironic I know.

      Badger - 2011-03-22 15:25

      It might be so. But don't you think Zuma would have gain the respect of the so called drunks if he had a one on one with the person talk about such behaviour and then let it go? Why should the bodyguards be allowed to bully people? Remember teh person who pointed a finger at Zuma?

      Travie - 2011-03-22 15:50

      Ja totally agree with you.

      likealot - 2011-03-22 16:36

      I fully agree with you. Whether it be the President or myself, I wouldn't like someone (intentionally) spilling anything on me. Yes, even though he does have bad skeletons in the closet he remains the president and should receive the respect (although not always deserved). And according to the article, he (zuma) has not laid any charges. If you do that to me (intentionally) I will smack you into sobriety 'cause I will not be able to lay any charges.

      ex-pat - 2011-07-30 16:11

      You know, if I visited SA and saw Zuma and pointed him out to whoever I was with and was arrested, the WHOLE WORLD would hear about it from me. And he'd be told he was lucky I used my forefinger and not the middle one.

  • Eric West - 2011-03-22 15:03

    Just how much is this farce costing the taxpayers?

  • Badger - 2011-03-22 15:19

    Pity there was not a brick in the glass. Ya it is bad that Jacob straigt up alias shower man can waist time and money on such petty things. I know his body guard arressted the man but who exactly is the complainant in court. How will they ever proof the crucial element of intent? Come on ZUM ZUM call it a day and let go!!!

  • David Costin - 2011-03-22 15:21

    What a waste of tax money going to court for this kind of nonsense. Hold on, lets make the people that have raped and murdered wait a little longer, see if they can escape, while we work out if this guy dropped a little water and whiskey from his glass!!!

  • Frangipani - 2011-03-22 15:29

    For goodness sake, Zuma is president, like it or not. You cannot have some drunk idiot trying to impresss his friends pouring liquor on the president. My honest opinion is that it was intentional, just maybe missed his mark. The idiot Peense gets his 15 minutes of fame!!! everybody else just shut up. Peense for president!!! Peense for prime minister

  • JMan - 2011-03-22 15:35

    Bet you all he got a Bells from someone afterwards... >:)

  • Colline - 2011-03-22 16:06

    hahaha, what a waste of whisky, poor dude was probably traumatised that's why he moved back...

  • zulufox - 2011-03-22 16:19

    hang the fool for spilling spilling drink on President... Bring back the death penalty!!!!

      ex-pat - 2011-07-30 16:12

      Get back in your cage.

  • e.henning101 - 2011-03-22 16:25

    And I must go about sueing everybody that has ever spilt a drink on me as well?! Wake up, Idiot-Zuma! It was an accident...if it was deliberate, it could very well have been a glass of something else. Or a petrol bomb...that might have given an indication that is was not accidental... Idiotic-chop-Zuma!!!

  • Dylan - 2011-03-22 16:54

    I dont know what all the fuss is about. Why didnt Mr Zuma just use soap and go take a shower?

  • Janine - 2011-03-22 17:18

    The only person who "impairs his bodily integrity" is JZ himself!

  • Realist - 2011-03-22 17:23

    zooma is SUCH a self important douche!

  • Grant - 2011-03-22 17:50

    Has nobody here actually read this sentence - "The accused was drunk at the time and his drink spilled accidentally. None of the drink spilt [on] the president." A bodyguard held his jacket so that none hit Zuma. Surely it must be "an alleged attempted assualt". Is this not the ususal terminolgy? Twit was so pissed that he missed, what would have happened if his drink had actually gone all over Zuma?

      maseratifitt - 2011-03-22 18:41

      I think many people are pissed that he missed. You make good stuff,Grant, but rather give me a Bells.

      ex-pat - 2011-07-30 16:13

      Grant, Zuma would have got a bit damp, but as he showers regularly, he's strong enough to withstand the shock.

  • james strawson - 2011-03-23 08:44

    Im sure Whiskey would rid Aids slightly better than a shower with water....

  • Daemos1 - 2011-04-19 16:30

    "Peense's glass was directed down toward the president." DID HE HAVE A LASER SIGHT ON THE THING OR SOMETHING?

  • Rory - 2011-07-27 21:07

    Funny minute you mention word stortkop News24 runs scared

  • Carlos Duarte - 2011-07-27 21:13

    He smelled of alcohol...That explains it. I personally am not an admirer of either Pres. Zuma or the ANC, but this drunken sod deserves no simpathy...

  • - 2011-07-29 12:05

    Peense you are F*ucked, jy gaan tronk toe....10 years in jail.

  • jock - 2011-07-30 14:32

    do our courts not have more important matters to attend to.Our justice system is a joke

  • Anonymous123 - 2011-07-30 15:45

    Anonymous South Africa to raise awareness around the world for government corruption and censorship in South Africa and provide information on how to protest in relative safety.

  • Albert - 2011-11-01 07:22

    Yes lock him up for his disrespect

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