Premier's driver held for speeding

2012-08-01 09:23

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize's driver was arrested after being caught allegedly speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol on the N2 near Mthunzini on Tuesday evening.

The man, who cannot be named until he pleads to the charges in connection with the incident, was trapped travelling at 183km/h along a stretch with a 120km/h speed limit.

Well-placed sources said his blood alcohol level was several times the legal limit of 0.05g per 100ml.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed that the man arrested was the premier’s driver.

It was not clear, however, whether the man was driving a state or private vehicle.

Mkhize’s spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, declined to comment on the matter, saying he did not have all the details.

“What we can confirm is that the premier was not in the vehicle at the time.

“This matter is being handled by law enforcement agencies, including the Road Traffic Inspectorate who apprehended him,” Sibiya said.

“We believe that those agencies are better placed to comment on this matter.”

Sibiya would not say whether the man was driving a state or private vehicle when arrested.

A source told The Witness that it had proved difficult to identify the vehicle’s owner.

“The number plate supplied is either incorrect or there is a problem with the vehicle, as it does not appear on the system.”

  • andre.marx - 2012-08-01 09:31

    Get another bed ready ....he will soon be developing a life threating condition.

  • alan.cargen - 2012-08-01 09:31

    Lets watch this one get swept under the carpet...!

      sedick.gydien - 2012-08-01 13:22

      Yep, we will have Mac "the liar, BSh@tter", saying that they are allowed to be drunk, and speed as they are protected by some vague ACT.....

  • kgolane.thulare - 2012-08-01 09:31


  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-01 09:36

    Lock him up and throw away the key! As for the "dodgy" plates....well no big surprise there. This idiot must be made an example of!

  • pieterjohan.westhuizen - 2012-08-01 09:45

    They did not see the premier, he passed out on the back seat

  • mullervince - 2012-08-01 09:48

    How was he selected??? Ex taxi-driver.. Yes, they all road hogs and nothing being done about it. Viva Africa, 3rd world drivers world

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-01 09:48

    Aren't they all - swept under the carpet. Disgusting - these people who have been elected to represent the public and their cohorts just do as they like with no respect for those who have elected them, think they are Gods once they are in these positions and really lack ethics, morals and class.Why? because they think the world owes them....what?

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-01 09:48

    Travelling at 183 while you are bombed out of your mind? Lock the bugger up for a few years

  • Blackpoison - 2012-08-01 09:49

    Roast his ass!!

  • sagren.padayachie - 2012-08-01 09:52

    I have reached the point where I hope the these drivers lose control of their vehicles with the Ministers in it,

      raath - 2012-08-01 12:23

      It is called "natural selection" - if they are going to do stupid things and break the laws in place which protect them, Nature will eliminate them from the gene pool.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-01 09:54

    Just release him,But suspend his licence for 20yrs.

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-08-01 10:01

      Do you think that he will care that he has no license. ???

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-01 10:07

      He probably doesn't even have a licence, if he has I'm sure he can quickly organise another one, probably from the same place he got the first one, I can see the court just dismissing this one anyway, lost blood sample etc etc etc, it's pathetic.

  • marc.rule - 2012-08-01 10:00


  • peter.gibbs.5895 - 2012-08-01 10:12

    Once again crap reporting....0,84. You would be dead after maybe 0,4. This is not possible.

  • Gavin - 2012-08-01 10:13

    in SA, those that make the laws, aren't subject to them - welcome to the animal farm. it's this sort of contempt for the law that will sink SA.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-08-01 10:17

    That's sure to get him a slap on the wrist!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-08-01 10:20

    He should lose his license permanently and be fired. Gross irresponsibility and negligence. Wonder who the hell these guys think they are. They are merely government employees - not gods. Maybe booze and fast cars make them feel important.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-01 10:25

    News 24, you better check your facts!!!!!! According to A level of 40 mg/dl (0.4 g/dl)results in trouble with breathing, coma and possible death. A level of 50 mg/dl (0.5g/dl) results in death If this guys alcohol was measured to be 0.8 g/dl (800 mg/dl) either there was a testing screw-up, the sample was interferred with or he was dead already! Or did News 24 get confused?

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-01 10:28

      and check my facts too!!! Should read A level of 400 mg/dl (0.4 g/dl)results in trouble with breathing, coma and possible death. A level of 500 mg/dl (0.5g/dl) results in death

      motlagoilwe.dintoe - 2012-08-01 16:09

      So you Rob and News24 are the same, why complain then over others' mistakes.

  • lindo.selata - 2012-08-01 10:25

    south african law sucks the dude will be out driving again

  • CassandraXabata - 2012-08-01 10:44

    A source told The Witness that it had proved difficult to identify the vehicle’s owner. Why would a driver of a premier drive a vehicle that proves difficult to identify the owner? That means that something is fishy with the guy. The question is now how deep will the police probe the matter if at all? If he had to drive the premier today, he would still have been under the influence. Has the premier the moral guts to do a snap screen of all official drivers in the province? Will he condemn and distance himself from the situation and speak out against drunk and excessively speeding drivers? Is this not the right time to make an example and shown solidarity with road accident victims? Wait... hear the deafening silence

  • afrikeni - 2012-08-01 10:57

    No hope of successful prosecution. It seems here the reading of alcohol level in the blood has been screwed by the cops already, because it's impractically high!!

  • afrikeni - 2012-08-01 11:04

    Can't be fired. There will be some disciplinary procedures to be followed by suspension with salary still intact. After several months gets fired / released, then CCMA gets involved and more months drag on. Then he will be paid off handsomely and redeployed. He should celebrate, this can turn out to be a 24 plus months vacation with pay!!

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-01 11:27

    Probably driving a previously stolen vehicle, or one with false plates to avoid camera fines. Although he has been arrested, state money will be used to give him a prominent lawyer, who will naturally get him off Scott free. Just another Selebi like perk at taxpayers’ expense, to escape the wheels of justice. Just watch this space.

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2012-08-01 18:26

    Nothing will happen to the driver. The methodology used to determine the alcohol blood level will be discredited,not because it is flawed, political interference will make sure that happens.The prosecuting authority will not challenge that, case discharged.

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-09-27 19:20

    Direct reflection on the premier. People surround themselves with their own kind.

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