Police ordered to pay out 'drunk' pastor

2012-05-11 08:29

Pretoria - The High Court in Pretoria has ordered that police pay a pastor R70 000 for wrongfully arresting him for drunken driving, The Star reported on Friday.

Simon Makoetlane was pulled over late at night in Worcester in November 2007 and arrested for driving under the influence.

He spent five hours in a police cell, even though the Zion Christian Church pastor neither drinks nor smokes.

The charges were dropped about six months later, after a blood test taken on the night of the arrest proved he had no alcohol in his system.

  • bafana.skosana - 2012-05-11 08:36


      Msika - 2012-05-11 09:53

      Cops pulled him over, told him he was drunk, he denied, demanded a bribe or else they will arrest him, he refused to pay the bribe because he knew he wasn't drunk, corupt cops got frustrated and arrogant, then they sent him for blood tests, then prison (all because he didnt want to pay itjotjo). Our cops are as corrupt as their leaders. I respect this pastor for not giving in to their intemidiation, he deserves a double Bell's or should that be a holly Tea.

  • Thoka - 2012-05-11 08:39

    he must have had too much holy tea in his system for them to suspect he was drunk or the cop was runk

      philani.goba - 2012-05-11 10:11


  • Harold - 2012-05-11 08:40

    He could have got out quicker if he had taken the bait and paid "the admission of guilt". Well done pastor God speed you on your way for standing your ground.

  • Derk - 2012-05-11 08:41

    Give that man a Bells

      Koos - 2012-05-11 08:48

      Not while he is driving :)

      Matthew - 2012-05-11 08:58


      Felix - 2012-05-11 10:22

      Well now he can buy his own :)

  • zaatheist - 2012-05-11 08:48

    Maybe he was in the process of being raptured when the cops pulled him over.

  • bmaestro - 2012-05-11 09:11


  • Dennis - 2012-05-11 09:25

    SAPS not having a good time lately !!! But then look who is at the top of the pile of crap..... Cele, Mdluli, Mtetwa, Selibi !!!

  • Sam - 2012-05-11 10:09

    "Tax payers ordered to pay out 'drunk' pastor…" FTFY

  • lemepe - 2012-05-11 10:21

    Hahaha , funny if you think about it hey. I think the police were probably drunk if they fail to tell if a Paster is sober. Wow only in SA

  • chris.kleynhans - 2012-05-11 10:48

    The problem is that now the taxpayer has to pay while the police officers are washing their hands, if they care that much in any case.

  • luka.mlukani - 2012-05-11 11:39

    I think is gud lesson to SAPS, In future to do the job proper

  • Frank - 2012-05-11 12:18

    Now Now zaatheist didn't your mother tell you if can't say something nice don't say anything at all.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-11 15:01

    This is very intresting my brother missed out on a job interview after being wrongfuly arrested. His court date coincided with the job interview, now he should sue as well?

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-12 02:05

    So the Pastor(man of god) sued the police. hmmm y didn't he jst say:\may god bless you\ dn go home

  • Dave - 2012-08-13 12:29

    Same thing happened to my son in Sodwana. Cost us 2 days of our holiday and R1500.00 bail and 18 months later we still do not have the results of the blood test. They would not let him blow on a breath analyser as they knew it was negative. We should sue the cops as well.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-10-01 13:59

    Cops are either corrupt or useless. Take your pick, but either way it's a bad sign of a rotten policing system

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