Man guilty of assault for spilling drink on Zuma

2011-07-27 15:40

Cape Town - A betting agent was on Wednesday found guilty of assault for spilling his drink on President Jacob Zuma at the Vodacom Durban July last year.

Daryl Peense confirmed to News24 that he was found guilty but was not yet sentenced.

Peense said that the court did not want to give him bail and wanted to keep him in custody but after much wrangling it was eventually decided that he would get bail.

  • maggielou - 2011-07-27 15:44

    Am I dreaming??

      GTA_Lad - 2011-07-27 15:55

      Nope, we are living in a totally backwards place

      grant9 - 2011-07-27 16:09

      No, the nightmare is real.

      VM1 - 2011-07-27 19:08

      Ou Magnus Malan would have appreciated a free whisky next time find a white man to thow you drink at.

      Liam Groome - 2011-07-28 08:16

      To spill something is a mistake. Assault is an intentional act. They obviously proved intent. I wouldn't give any credit to a headline without knowing the facts of the case. That being said, what a waste of time! If I had a drink thrown on me I wouldn't be reporting it to the police.

      George - 2011-07-28 08:22

      Let us respect the court decisions, mob opinions are a threat to the rule of law. We must accept court's findings. Our justice system is fair in that each party is adequatetly represented by lawyers who presented evidence. Kangaroo views on these forums are a threat to the rule of law.

      Kameomaua - 2011-07-28 08:32

      Mob opinions and kangaroo views????? A threat to the rule of law!!! You must be joking. Those with the right connections are often not taken to court, and those who are trying to weed out disrespect for the country's laws are 'lifted out of their seats and posts'. A person who threatens the stability of this country, undermines Mandela's legacy every time he opens his mouth and is a serious threat to the country's economic future, is left to do his evil work unhindered, but a person who accidentally spills alcohol on the body guard of the president is found Guilty of assault. PLEASE........ GIVE THE PUBLIC A BREAK. We are not stupid.

      mario - 2011-07-28 08:36

      I wanna know why was the president at the Durban July when his people are suffering, he should not have been there is the first place.... Leaders and Statesman should not be Gambling!!!!!!

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-28 12:19

      Thats it..... The next time someone spills a drink on me, im suing the bastard :)

      G-spotWizard - 2011-07-28 14:46

      To Liam Groome , you are no Zuma. if someone throws a stone a you while passing on the street, no one would care to know about it but if the same happens to zuma we will all want to know how,why and what happened.

      Ayoba - 2011-07-28 18:14

      I bet He did it intentionally.

      dumbbumb - 2011-07-29 12:23

      the story is laughable, but some the comments cannot be contextualised in proportion to it, let all the negative people shut up and move, you are honestly irritating, if you wanna see real change in this country do something about it, if you not gonna do anything, shut up, and dont tell me you voted and left it there, cause thats just cowardice, and really now, what is stopping you from moving, i certainly dont want you here

  • enragedcitizen - 2011-07-27 15:46


      Oxygen - 2011-07-27 19:52


      SaintBruce - 2011-07-27 20:16

      According to Daryl, the drink was spilled accidentaly - wait for it - on one of Zuma's Bodyguards NOT Zuma himself! Therefore the charge of assault on the President is a frivolous one at best and a joke at worst! The verdict clearly does not take into account the truth of the matter and eyewitness accounts but only sees the version of events from the wet guard's perspective! I bet the Guard whipped out his machine gun and knocked Zuma to the ground, denting the dignity of the President while trying to find out he was being 'assaulted' with a whiskey and water. What a waste of whiskey! I am prepared to contribute to a legal defence fund for Daryl to take this to the Appeal court - just on principle! Anyone care to take a stand against the leader of this Kleptocracy ?

      Dominic - 2011-07-27 20:27

      I was interested what happened in a similar incident so followed up: Remember the guy who attacked Murdoch in the Parliamentary committee hearing on the phone hacking scandal? Murdoch asked for the charges to be dropped.

      Frungy - 2011-07-28 04:26

      Oh well, this will kill the clubbing industry in South Africa. I spill at least one drink every single time I go into a club (people dancing, moshing, shoving, pushing, etc) and according to this ruling everyone around me (even if my drink didn't touch them) can charge me with assault. ... it's idiotic, this ruling will never stand up under appeal.

      Nadia - 2011-07-28 12:40

      I am sure this was an accident. No self-respecting person would waste a Whisky intentionally.

      biskit - 2011-07-29 09:30

      What are you doing Peence....We dont spill pink drinks. Next time throw the bottle at him and remember i'm waqtching you!

  • talkischeap - 2011-07-27 15:46

    Why am I not surprised........

      onmyway - 2011-07-28 13:19

      Listen people, assault with liquid is a serious matter and could be potencially very dangerous! I would like to stand next to him at a urinal......

      hansgat_masepa - 2011-07-28 15:50

      its no surprise, boss JZ will not tolerate these tendencies

  • Anton - 2011-07-27 15:46

    ZANU-PF in action!!!!

      NuttyPeanuts - 2011-07-28 08:00


      hansgat_masepa - 2011-07-28 15:50

      our big brother BOB must give us guidance

  • tripwire - 2011-07-27 15:47

    This is "our" president ?? Really this charge is uncalled for

      nkulu.bgumede - 2011-07-27 16:09

      hayi i tell you the president is pushing buttons

      Hux - 2011-07-27 17:29

      @ farmworker. What are you complaining about? YOu have a computer and internet. Not bad for a farmworker. I used to work on a farm and all my farmworkers were much brighter than you.

      Raymond - 2011-07-27 20:01

      The guy should have p****d on him.

      michaelx - 2011-07-27 21:59


      Papsak - 2011-07-28 09:24

      @Tripwire, he is YOUR PRESIDENT. Get used to it.

      Beeza - 2011-07-28 10:06

      I'm with you tripwire. the definitions of 'president' is 1. the highest executive officer of a modern republic & 2. an officer appointed or elected to preside over an organized body of persons Referring to Def 1. we are swiftly leaving our modern republic behind & moving towards a socialist anti-democratic tyranny, just like our 'saintly' neighbours up north. Referring to Def 2. our 'president' is no longer presiding over an organised body but rather a bunch of selfish & corrupt chronies whose prime purpose is to create anarchy & racial divisions amongst all the good people living in our rainbow nation. Conclusion: Zuma is NO president, but rather a mere class bully with an inferiority complex. And I'm quite sure this is the reason he is laying charges over an incident where a cup of coffee could've spilled over a family member, a friend, a colleague or a complete stranger at a restaurant, club, water park etc, etc, etc. In conclusion why the fukc would Mark Peens have intentionally spilled it over the sidekick, when he could of done it style and spilled over the big bully himself!

      onmyway - 2011-07-28 13:22

      @Pork - listen porktjop, why dont you grow up and face the facts?! Are blind or stupid, or both??

      keithy - 2011-07-29 12:36

      Yip! But I admire that guy for going to court and facing his charges. A lot more than what I can say for Zuma. I am so so proud of you shower head!! Yeah right!!!

  • psydomx - 2011-07-27 15:47


      onmyway - 2011-07-28 13:24

      Next we will have children taking their parents to court for spilling coffee or juice near them. That gives me an idea.....Go stand in the middle of a pub, sue, get rich!

  • Riaan - 2011-07-27 15:48

    This country is a F-ing joke. Must have been an AA judge!

      camp.j - 2011-07-27 16:04

      @Kgaogelo.. "through" huh? BIG up ya!

      Riaan - 2011-07-27 16:04

      LOL. It's throw. And I don't feel like rummaging >through< a bin right now. Were you the presiding judge?

      Riaan - 2011-07-27 16:07

      Nice suit. *Wink Wink*

      Wayne - 2011-07-27 16:13


      daaidoos - 2011-07-27 16:15

      and you can go learn how to spell

      Kevin - 2011-07-27 16:30

      Ofcourse other judge would even bother with such trivial crap!!!

      BigD - 2011-07-27 16:46

      @kgaogelo. You are the one going through a bin to look for your brain.

      hansgat_masepa - 2011-07-28 15:53

      the judge is his honorouble member of law society! his judgement you listen wena

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 14:10

      Hey masepa jou bek is groot nĂȘ,miskien moet hy toe ged@#nner word

  • schmerz - 2011-07-27 15:48

    Go for WITBLITS next time and they might open a case for murder LOL

      pitbull - 2011-07-28 01:48

      Battery acid would have been better

  • Pamstar8 - 2011-07-27 15:49

    mxm! this is so stupid... people are dying out there and judges do such nxa! zuma is human too and so are the lesbians being killed and raped why can't justice be done there! waist of time nje...

  • CAT - 2011-07-27 15:49

    They have more problems to worry about than drink spilling on the president like crime corruption and malema

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 14:13

      Sorry Cat they do not waist their time with petty things like murder corruption hijacking and mal-enemas,Spilling a drink near the "pres" is more important

  • sheep - 2011-07-27 15:49

    Obviously bad reporting, there's more to this - there must be. Can we get the full story rather than this horribly summarised version.

      Peet van Aardt - 2011-07-27 16:06

      @Sheep: The story will be updated as the information come in.

      sheep - 2011-07-27 16:36

      okay, sorry if i offended the editor or writer. I do have a comment to make here though, this story didn't need to be published in it's current form, I'm sure you realise your reader base doesn't need much to get going, perhaps for their protection could you publish stories that are at least mildly complete rather than one-liners that are guaranteed to get a strong emotional response

      christine - 2011-07-27 16:40

      you are perfectly correct -- shocking reporting --this is such an unprofessional site--eye witness news said that in the croud the 'guilty' guy was pushed--no liquid touched the president and a small amount went on to the shoes of a body guard [u sound surprised that the body guard was wearing shoes]just like in hahare body guards are very important people and as we know they are vicious and brutal--as an aside go to EWN -they are so much better than this lot

      cliffarc - 2011-07-27 18:02

      - sheep and christine - is that as important as the judgement itself ?

      pitbull - 2011-07-28 01:50

      @Peet van Aardt - what information? It wasn't reported in the first place. AND it happened a year ago. I would much have preferred to spill a bottle of battery acid on the person. Would have been worth the sentence.

      Liam Groome - 2011-07-28 08:28

      @cliffarc Of course the facts are important. According to the headline the drink was "spilled" but according to the court ruling it wasn't. How can you ever judge a decision effectively without knowing all of the facts?

      Yoni - 2011-07-28 19:13

      @Peet van Aardt: Wat is jou e-posadres? Behartig of resenseer jy nog enigsins videospeletjies soos jy altyd in Rapport gedoen het?

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 14:14

      @sheep baaa baaa baaa.

  • Howard - 2011-07-27 15:50

    Seriously! What has this country come to under the Zuma regime? This chap is found guilty of assault while Zuma's buddy Julius Malema and other ANCYL cohorts are clearly not paying the taxes the rest of us are expected to pay and we are supposed to respect this banana republic and be "proudly South African"? This is truly shameful!

      Charlie - 2011-07-27 16:08

      Got to agree with you, new shocking stories everyday...with no consequences for illegal dealings...Zuma must be so proud! Imagine that's all you achieve in life...rampant crime / corruption / rape / murder / theft...what a joke the anc has become...Mandela must be so proud!

      DW - 2011-07-27 16:13

      And the worst of it is that the taxpayers have to pay for these ridiculous courtcases. I am beginning to think that the ANC is just sitting looking for ways that they can waste money to have an excuse to raise taxes. Want to bet that neither Zuma nor his bodyguards paid for this case? You and I did.

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-07-27 16:20

      Howard, what about the assault charge against Zuma's pet milk-Shaik? Nothing has been heard since it was laid by the reporter he is meant to have assaulted. I see he is not being held in jail. What a Joke South Africa is becoming.

  • cat8fish - 2011-07-27 15:50

    why did he pour a drink on the president to start with. those who do silly things onto others needs to be punish

      DW - 2011-07-27 16:14

      With a criminal record? Whilst a criminal becomes president and never goes to court? A bit distorted, dont you think?

      Foncused - 2011-07-27 16:19

      Read the report Cat8fish... he was pushed by fellow revellers at a horse racing event... none of the whisky touched your precious president... but rather on one of his body guards... seriously??? And they wanted to deny the man bail and keep him locked up????

      edalsg - 2011-07-27 16:51

      Plonker --His drink actually touched no one --not a drop on anyone !!

      jen - 2011-07-27 18:26

      Catfish, and Jacob has a clean slate? He has been accused of something that no one ever wants to stand accused of, even if he was found not guilty. Spilling drink on somebody is silly, yes school boy silly. Not criminal silly.

      onmyway - 2011-07-28 13:27

      @cat8fish - he accidentally spilled the drink on the body guard....not Zumy. By-the-by, if a shower can cure Zumy of AIDS, why does he cry about alcohol that NEARLY hit him??

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 14:16

      @ Foncused don't you know that he was flight risk.

  • wormyzn - 2011-07-27 15:51

    Are you serious I mean really does SA not have bigger issues at court !

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 14:17

      All the other stuff is minor issues

  • Sharon - 2011-07-27 15:51


      onmyway - 2011-07-28 13:28

      Apparently it was a double....but maybe it was the block of ice that scared ZumyZumZum.

  • Ann - 2011-07-27 15:51

    Goodness is JZ immune to making mistakes? JZ - it would be far more beneficial if you actually answer the more serious queries about Julius, Malema, etc. BUT THEN AGAIN, PERHAPS YOUR SILENCE IS ACTUALLY CONSIDERED TO BE COMMENT BY YOU/YOUR OFFICE. Keep on burying your head in the sand and soon you will be totally oblivious to everything that happens in your regime.

  • Jack Turner - 2011-07-27 15:52

    Careful guys how you respond to this...This two bit news 24 forum might just suspend you.

      Phuti - 2011-07-27 16:26

      nonsens our judiciary must be used tto root out rebels and anachist not to settle personal vandeters

      Daniel - 2011-07-27 16:55

      Ja Boet, big brother might be watching us !!

  • Dave - 2011-07-27 15:52

    absolute joke

      grant9 - 2011-07-27 16:54

      It should have been seen as a harmless prank. Sadly Daryl Peense now has a criminal convivtion and depending on the sentence, this could harm his chances of traveling abroad. My son got plssed on a flight to England. He didn't hit anybody but was convicted of a number of charges such as failing to obey the captains orders. Bottom line he can't get a visa to visit the US.

  • ChrisW - 2011-07-27 15:52

    It must be a first, assault with a glass of liquid - at least he'll make Guinness book of records!

  • stuart.steedman - 2011-07-27 15:52

    Get that man a Bells!

      onmyway - 2011-07-28 13:29

      Double up! on the rocks!

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 14:17

      Maybe his aiming will be better this time.

  • bongane.mabena - 2011-07-27 15:53

    What's the sentence#

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-07-27 16:04

      Life sentence

  • Jenny - 2011-07-27 15:54

    Be afraid, very afraid!!

  • DIAMOND - 2011-07-27 15:54

    ...his probably going to get 20 to life for the "ASSAULT"...yet the murderers, rapist run free in this country...aaaah such is life in our beautiful country..

      grant9 - 2011-07-27 17:04

      They don't just run free in the country - they run the country!

  • Ann - 2011-07-27 15:54

    Goodness is JZ immune to making mistakes? JZ - it would be far more beneficial if you actually answer the more serious queries about Julius, Malema, etc. BUT THEN AGAIN, PERHAPS YOUR SILENCE IS ACTUALLY CONSIDERED TO BE COMMENT BY YOU/YOUR OFFICE. Keep on burying your head in the sand and soon you will be totally oblivious to everything that happens in your regime.

  • Leon van Wyk - 2011-07-27 15:54

    Hello Banana Republic!!!

      daaidoos - 2011-07-27 16:19

      good bye banana republic

      Candidapax - 2011-07-28 13:05

      Leon there are many options for you e.g. Australia or New Zealand.

  • gizzy - 2011-07-27 15:55

    What was that fat shower head doing at the Durban July????? Betting with OUR money! Poor thing got injured by a bit of water. Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!

      grant9 - 2011-07-27 17:12

      Ja. Why wasn't he wearing his shower cap?

      shiraazz - 2011-07-27 19:11

      Bald brown frogs dont need shower caps, they should be immune to liquid, and im sure the frog spilled more drinks over himself that day than this guy is convicted of

      pitbull - 2011-07-28 01:42

      @shiraazz - Don't insult frogs are useful creatures - Zuma isn't. Zuma, like his mate Juliarse are detritus, the stuff that comes out of the back end of frogs

  • cj.venter - 2011-07-27 15:55

    careful, next time you sip your coffee and spill it on your suit, the manufacturers of your suit will be giving you a lawsuit for defamating their brand, what a fsking joke, really.

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-07-27 15:55

    It was not drink he pissed in his glass when the glass was empty!! Peense was apparently very drunk and he apologized to the court....the Prez body guards had to get him a new shirt to wear !!!

      Wayne - 2011-07-27 16:14

      Please go read the article again, that is not what happened

      gizzy - 2011-07-27 16:35

      Eish, there you go concocting your own warped version on what happened. Pity he didn't empty a glass of piss on that showerhead. The prez needs a new shirt everythime he opens his mouth with the amount of crap that comes out of it!!!! Was is a pep store shirt????

      JMsays - 2011-07-27 16:40

      F*cking lie! Do you honestly think people will believe you BS, this is not an ANC rally, sorry...

      grant9 - 2011-07-27 17:58

      Nkalakatha. You are an ANC member right? No I'm not physic, the signs are there. It was never alleged that urine had been poured. If it had been piss (as you quaintly put it) our revered president would have needed more than a clean shirt, he would have needed a complete change of clothes and a (heh-heh) shower. Did the bodyguard smell the shirt to confirm urine had been used? Daryl Peense would not have peed in a glass whilst he was standing on the balcony and would not have come from the gents with a glass full of plss. No, Daryl just looked down, saw a once in a lifetime opportunity and went for it. I'm glad I wasn't in his position and was not 30 years younger as I would be in Sun City.

      slojam - 2011-07-28 10:21

      @Nkaka... You were probably just as drunk when you wrote this comment as you alledge Peense was. Why cant you just admit that the justice system has failed the "Bloody(Betting) Agent" just as it has failed South Africa in the Shaik/Zuma trial? I guess corruption is the name of the game is sunny SA. Geez, in time we will have to bribe the the Sun just to shine on this land! I can just picture the scene, all these ar$ewipe wannabe body guards in black suits, glasses and headsets surround the poor guy, push him around a bit (a lot) and the whisk him off to the nearest Police station as if he was involved in the Arms deal, or some misappropriation of funds or something sexy like that. ;)

  • Peppa-Belle - 2011-07-27 15:56

    This is so retarded... Seriously... Spilling water on Zuma doesnt mean you assaulted him... I am so ashamed to have Zuma as president of SA and that he is so petty about a simple accident someone made. Really!!!! Time for a shower ZUMA!!!

      pitbull - 2011-07-28 01:52

      He probably needed a bath. Sorry, a shower.

  • Tuggles - 2011-07-27 15:56

    Ye Gods, when will prioritories actually come into effect in this country. This is so puerile, while we have serious crime in our beloved country.

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-27 15:56

    Perhaps Peense was just excited @ seeing our beloved President. You know how excited us Whities get when we see our leaders.

  • slojam - 2011-07-27 15:57

    Why did our Mickey Mouse president to to the Durban July in the first place? Surely, going to a place like that one must accept that an incident like this can and may happen. Zuma is a bafoon!

  • Chronoman - 2011-07-27 15:58

    The problem here is with the charge. Unless there was intent on the side of the spiller, why was a charge of assault laid? It must have come for the president which shows an attitude that is very discouraging. The best leaders are also known by their humility.

  • Candice - 2011-07-27 15:58

    So this guy gets assault...and Zuma skips free on ALL his MANY REAL charges! DOUCHE!

  • afalch1 - 2011-07-27 15:58

    This is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard. Only in South Africa!

  • Mrs C - 2011-07-27 15:59

    WTH?? And News24 I am really dissapointed, you publish this type of noncense? Really now.

  • afalch1 - 2011-07-27 15:59

    This is the biggest load of CRAP I have ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 106SA - 2011-07-27 15:59

    Viva la ANC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Viva la banana REPUBLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Louis Nel - 2011-07-27 15:59

    I guess "betting agent" is what Malema refers to as a "bloody agent"...

  • jjacgilbert - 2011-07-27 16:00

    Aag shame on you mighty pres Zuma. Couldn't you have forgiven this chap and in so doing set an example how we should behave, one unto another. Again I say shame on you.

  • Kurt Roman - 2011-07-27 16:00

    Zimbabwe here we come

      Seanred - 2011-07-27 16:43

      Rubbish, we are there already. Good day. WE also have a piss poor pres.

  • Garvey - 2011-07-27 16:03

    lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

  • Wildboy - 2011-07-27 16:03

    You non swimmers are totally predictable, Zuma (Zoo master) is just being petty just like the rest of your ANC cronies. Had it been one of your fellow dark skinned brothers, it all would hae been swept under the filthy ANC carpet.

  • JohannV - 2011-07-27 16:04

    Bob Zuma? Pathetic. He could've just caught a shower and all would be OK...

  • nkulu.bgumede - 2011-07-27 16:05

    lol this is just hilarious, talk about complete waste of the tax payers money on such a stupid lawsuit. the was a big hoohaa when a man was charged of using mugabes toilet. i wonder what grounds were the to support this lawsuit...

      Wayne - 2011-07-27 16:15

      Finally an educated black man! Thumbs up bud

      24JD - 2011-07-27 16:55

      Give this man a Bells!

  • Ulrich Brummer - 2011-07-27 16:05


  • Alltainted - 2011-07-27 16:06

    How absurd - the man (or his minders) must have serious self-esteem issues. Move on, muppets!

  • 24newsreader - 2011-07-27 16:06

    They trying to do everything in thier power to turn this into a Banana Republic

  • Illuminated - 2011-07-27 16:07

    the brown plague strikes again...

  • GT - 2011-07-27 16:07

    Cele is out on appeal, Selebi is out on appeal, McBride is out. For this kind of cr@p he should have punch the guy in the face. Throwing tomatoes and cream pies at Prime Ministers is a age old tradition