State drops case against Zizi Kodwa

2011-12-22 16:17

Johannesburg - The drunken driving case against presidential adviser Zizi Kodwa was withdrawn in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.

A senior public prosecutor said blood alcohol level tests showed there was no alcohol in Kodwa's system at the time of his arrest around 03:00 in Rosebank on November 11.

It was decided there was no case against him.

Kodwa told Sapa on Wednesday night that he would be appearing in court to have the charges withdrawn, but he did not attend.

His lawyer, Gugulethu Madlanga, said Kodwa still intended to sue the officials who arrested him, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, and acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi for R5m in the new year.

Might up amount

He said Kodwa was "also considering increasing that amount".

Kodwa had taken to social media site Twitter to express his views on Tuesday.

"Blood sample results are back, alcohol in my blood: ZERO, I told them banyile ngekhe ndibayeke [They are in shit, I won't let it go]," he tweeted.

Last week Kodwa said, "I want to clear my name. They [the blood tests] will come out negative. I have no doubt about that. It's not about my role in the presidency. It's about my reputation. I want to protect South Africans from abuse of authority by police officers."

Kodwa said he believed his arrest was about a "bribe not paid".

He had been scheduled to face the drunk driving charge at the same court on May 11.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-22 16:23

    No surprises here. Zuma's 783 charges were dropped too. The man knows all the right people, in the right places. He's ANC remember???

      chrisfourielipman - 2011-12-23 08:25

      It's all a scam, Now he can sue the police for millions, they all do it,....

  • Shirley - 2011-12-22 16:28

    If this case is about bribe not paid then I think Zizi is being a bit harsh-after all its become national policy for bribes to be paid at all times!!!! This whole thing is smoke and mirrors!

  • lebo.lathane - 2011-12-22 16:28

    Something here doesn't quite add up. Sniff sniff.....smells like an obese rat is in the building!

  • Paulo - 2011-12-22 16:31

    Ja no while I agree in principle that Zizi should sue the police i just can't help but be amazed at how he holds his self imprortance. I mean 5 million is a lot of money, so if he wins the case he's basically taking away 5 million from the police, who need to renew their lease agreement?!! bunch of idiots with an inflated ego of self worth.

      roger.pacey - 2011-12-22 16:48

      I don't think he actually expects to get R5M. From what I see in the Press, victims aim high in the expectation of receiving a lower,but substantial, amount.

  • Theresa - 2011-12-22 16:38

    Strange how he got his blood results back so soon.My son waited for eight months and R20000.00 in legal fees later,before the case was withdrawn.Most probably depends on who you know...

      roger.pacey - 2011-12-22 16:45

      Apparently, he retrieved his blood sample and had the test done at a private institution. When I say "he retrieved", I don't mean he had it in his hands, but had the sample taken off the police.

  • Heinrich - 2011-12-22 16:46

    This story has a strange smell to it. Too many questions. 1) Blood samples are not taken without good reason. First there is the blow pipe, and other observations. 2) If Kodwa thinks this is about a bribe not paid, why does he not give reasons for this belief and also name the culprits involved? Why does he not lay charges? 3) Does Kodwa think claiming R5m from the taxpayer is going to clear his name and "protect South Africans from abuse of authority by police officers" ? 4) This could well be a scam; a plan in cahoots with the police, to make a quick buck. Kodwa is "also considering increasing that amount". Could this Kodwa please produce the calculations which resulted in a fuigure of R5m? And then also motivate the reasons (with calculations) for wanting to increase this amount? 5) Why is there not a word from the police on this issue? Why does the media not interview the staff involved? It is too easy just to say "there is no case", get a R5m claim going and then forget about the matter. If Kodwa thinks the public should be protected against irregular actions which are trending in the police, why does he not submit evidence and refer to the Public Protector? I smell a rat.

      roger.pacey - 2011-12-22 19:32

      Possibly under correction, but I think it was Mr Kodwa who insisted on a blood sample being taken after he was accused of drunk driving. I think the bribe not paid is a case of his word against theirs. Even if the cops openly asked for a bribe, it's he-said-she-said unless there is a credible witness. I expect the R5m claim comes from Mr Kodwa's legal team rather than Mr Kodwa himself. A good defamation lawyer will build a case portraying the cops as devils incarnate preying on the innocent and Mr Kodwa as a vulnerable victim to justify the amount claimed

      maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-22 20:22

      I accept what you say, roger,but this opens a whole pandora's box of precedents, chain of command accountability,morality, ethics, etc. I will not go there. The bottom line is : Let's say this Kodwa gets the R5m. The question still remains: What did he produce or what did he lose, to justify this compensation? Many people, getting up at 4am and working their butts off, doing more for SA than this Kodwa could ever do,will never see R5m in their lifetime. Is a little bit of talking (because that is what the legal team and Kodwa will be doing)of more value than the efforts of say, the garbage collector? This is the first question. The second question is : Has anyone consulted with the taxpayer regarding this expenditure? If no such structures for consultation exist at present, they should be created. Too much power is taken out of the hands of the people and placed in the hands of useless, parasitic politicians and state officialdom.

  • roger.pacey - 2011-12-22 16:53

    I hope he doesn't drop the court case because I think it's important to have a police officer explain in public how he is unable to distinguish between a drunk driver and someone who hasn't touched alcohol in ages. In a similar vein, I was sorry that the Bees Roux trial didn't go ahead. I think it's important for the public to find out about the predatory behaviour of certain police officers after dark.

  • ruben.maistry - 2011-12-22 18:02

    Here we go again.Yet again the honest tax payer foots the bill for corruption.A SAD day for South Africa.

  • frank.hartry - 2011-12-22 18:04

    Theere is something funny about this whole matter. The police were ostensibly doing their job. Just like the roadblocks on the road stopping motorists, the police surely have every right to arrest and test anyone if they suspect he/she have been drinking. I believe that this is a setup for anther ANC man in the presidency to become rich. I suspect that Mthetwa will settle the matter out of court by giving Zodwa a substantial amount of taxpayers but not quite the R5 million demanded. It is a setup to aquire taxpayers money in my opinion. We taxpayers will not be allowed to know the amount that Mthethwa and Zodwa have settled on. That will be another of this corropt government's state secrets. Zuma, Motlanthe or Matashe will however praise Mthethwa for settling and reducing the amount demanded by Zodwa. The ANC looters will come out smelling like roses while the taxpayers fork out. They actually think that we the public are too stupid to see through their shennanagens.

  • Chabi - 2011-12-22 18:22

    State drops case & picks up a 5 mil cheque ... Cops must have been drunk not to see that Zizi is stone dry...

  • Leon - 2011-12-22 20:04

    I don't get this... news to-night has just said that there was a backlog at the forensic labs of up to 12 months especially for alcohol blood tests. How come this one gets done in just over a month??

      Ntshwana - 2011-12-23 14:22

      done at a private lab

  • braamc - 2011-12-23 06:43

    Results back in three weeks, do you really think we are that stupid. Another corrupt ANC piece of sh*t. Tax payer must now pay him a "reward" R5m? GFY

      Ntshwana - 2011-12-23 14:24

      blood samples taken to a private lab!! He (Zizi) was even willing to pay for the tests

  • Gwen - 2011-12-23 08:13

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

  • Jannie - 2011-12-23 08:26

    Getting off on DUI charges in SA is simple. a strategic few rands in the right direction and your tests are clean.

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