State goes ahead with Yengeni drunk driving case

2015-04-08 11:47
Tony Yengeni outside court. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Tony Yengeni outside court. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - The State will go ahead with prosecuting ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni on charges of drunk and reckless or negligent driving, the Cape Town Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Yengeni had submitted written representations to the national director of public prosecutions in the hope that the charges would be dropped.

After months of waiting for its decision, and numerous court postponements for this reason, the decision was announced in courtroom 13 on Wednesday morning.

Yengeni, who took off his baseball cap when entering the courtroom, did not have a visible reaction to the news while standing in the dock.

His lawyer Sylvester Vogel announced their next plan of action.

"The defence wishes to pursue plea negotiations with the DPP (director of public prosecutions)," he told Magistrate Nasha Banwari.

He said they would submit a proposal within 10 days.

Banwari postponed the matter until May 25 for plea agreement negotiations.

Yengeni, who is out on R500 bail, has not yet pleaded to the charges.

As an alternative to the drunk driving charge, Yengeni allegedly drove with a blood-alcohol level of 0.25%, five times the legal limit of 0.05%.

He was arrested in August 2013 after allegedly driving his Maserati erratically in central Cape Town.

In 2007, Yengeni was found not guilty of drunk driving after he was arrested in Goodwood, Cape Town.

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