Zizi Kodwa to sue police for R5m

2011-12-21 08:59

Johannesburg - Presidential adviser Zizi Kodwa is suing Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi for R5m after he was wrongfully arrested, it was reported on Wednesday.

Kodwa was stopped and arrested by police in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on November 11 on suspicion of drunk driving.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila told The Star newspaper police received blood results from a test taken on the night, and it confirmed that there was no alcohol in Kodwa's system.

Kodwa's lawyer Gugulethu Madlanga said Kodwa was pursuing the suit, and a summons would be issued in 30 days.

On Tuesday Kodwa took to social media site Twitter to express his views.

"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 was scheduled to face the drunken driving charge at the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court on May 11.

  • cliff.drysdale - 2011-12-21 09:04

    which bribe was not paid? if you have information tell it to the NPA and lock them up. That is protecting the people, not suing for R 5million that you will receive.

      Jono - 2011-12-21 09:10

      If that is the case, the R5mil that your are going to get from the tax payers should go for a good cause then. Lets see how much you are prtecting the people when you have R5mil in the bank!?

      SeeVeeDeeEl - 2011-12-21 09:18

      Eish, how can you not let him do the African greed thing.

      David - 2011-12-21 09:29

      I'm sober..check. I drive I roadworthy car and have a valid drivers license..check. I'm not breaking any laws and my car is not stolen..check. Will the police please come and arrest me NOW.. I need a year end bonus!!! LOL

      Precious - 2011-12-21 09:41

      Eish dese peepol of mine. Now they sue themselves. I think the moola is finish and now they find new ways to sue themselves. Seville Servants sueing otha Siville Servants. It is Seville War now. Better I go live in Ostralia and join my White Sistas.

      Max - 2011-12-21 10:03

      I agree, this is just a new money making racket to steal from the poor. Government officials suing Government after other Government officials found no alcohol.

      Johan - 2011-12-21 10:52

      Don't know hey.... there's something to be said for suing the police. What would you rather have him do? Sit back and do nothing? The amount of money is immaterial in a case like this (he won't get nearly R5m) - the important thing is that he brings corruption into the open.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-21 11:04

      Why have comments been closed on the article dealing with Zuma's attack on Christianity. Are we supposed to keep quiet when this moron attacks our faith? Retract the article News24 and admit he never said it or allow us to comment.

      Jean - 2011-12-21 12:46

      haha ha Precious you are precious :)

      Geoff - 2011-12-21 13:27

      We all know that nothing will happen to the cops so let him sue and if he wins then we can all sue as the precedent has been set. Leaves less money available for "them" to steal and money back into to taxpayers pockets!

      Sheik - 2011-12-21 18:10

      Go for the money, it's the right thing to do.

  • Tom - 2011-12-21 09:10

    I am so loving this ANC in fighting. Not much longer to wait - true freedom for all South Africans will pravail

  • Deon - 2011-12-21 09:10

    They should only arrest those that drive straight over potholes. The roads are shocking in other parts of the country when you are used to Cape Town.

      Jean - 2011-12-21 12:47

      One does looks like a drunk dodging the potholes

  • Kate - 2011-12-21 09:13

    Rolling my eyes. Such a waste of Taxpayers money. What are you thinking idiot?

      Jean - 2011-12-21 12:49

      Ill do the same. Some one has to get it and if I get a chance Ill take it. just taking my piece of African pie :)

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-21 09:19

    A more African aproach will be to fine those officers five sheep each and a public apology for a wrongfull arrest. Our law enforcemnt agencies who are usually under resourced and working under pressure do just like the rest of us in our workplaces make mistakes and we should be very understanding and not arrogant about it.

  • herman.booysen - 2011-12-21 09:20

    I don't believe that the R5m is the driving force - the auditor-general will certainly query this expense on the books of the department, and someone will have to be called to account for it. That should lead to either a change of policy or disciplinary action against the irresponsible officials. Kodwa is doing the right thing - arbitrary arrest for a non-existent offence is just plain wrong! It's scary that arresting a person has become the primary action for some law enforcers, even for circumstances that never used to constitute an arrestable offence. Drivers are nowadays even arrested for not having their (often valid, and easily verifiable) driver's licence on their person, which is ridiculous. SAPS should return to the basic principle that the constitutional right of freedom is respected until sufficient and reasonable cause exists for incarceration.

  • Derk - 2011-12-21 09:22

    give that man a jingle Bells

  • MoAfrika - 2011-12-21 09:25

    yep, I always swear I would do exactly the same, I'm glad someone is taking a lead :)...The police have to keep things in order, but should not abuse power. If im wrong then I have to be called into my place, but what I have realised innocent people tend to be victimised over crap. they want bribery over nothing. its funny that at times people are willing to pay just to settle the story, why should it be like that. I wonder if nurses started asking bribery to give you medication that you need, or even a drip? kante whats with this people who want money all the time???

  • Sharon - 2011-12-21 09:27

    i wonder how much kick back his police buddies will get for the staged wrongfull arrest

  • Itse - 2011-12-21 09:30

    Do give the 5 nillion to charity since you are so big on protecting the people!!

      SeeVeeDeeEl - 2011-12-21 10:31

      Eish man, it be HIS money cos he ehned it!

  • Alva - 2011-12-21 09:37

    Some slime balls will do anything to extort money from tax payers! This R5mil is taxpayers money! If Kodwa was straight and honest about this he would request an investigation. But no! This is a an easy way to show off and make R5mil on the side!

  • Itse - 2011-12-21 09:38

    How do we then expect the police to do their job well when there's fear of being sued!Zizi is just arrogant.Thats intimidation right there and the police in their personal capacity should sue him too.

      Gareth - 2011-12-21 09:56

      Itse would you not sue after being arrested for drunk driving when you have zero alcohol in your system?

      lemepe - 2011-12-21 11:26

      I think it's the right thing to do , If you are a cashier and you do a costly mistake. Should I as an employer account for your mistake? It might Not even be a mistake it could be fraud. Kodwa is right , Until you experience a police harassment then you will appreciate just how good is this initative.

  • Peter - 2011-12-21 09:39

    Huh? He IS a significant part of the state. This is like suing yourself :-)

  • brettinlux - 2011-12-21 09:46

    I really don't understand this.A few days ago it was reported that blood tests take almost a year to complete but this guy gets his done in a few days.Something isn't right here.I smell some rotten blood......wonder who he swopped it with?

      Duane - 2011-12-21 10:06

      Yip as the saying goes "daars a drol in die drinkwater" . If this guy gets paid R5mil i wouldnt be surprised

  • Gary - 2011-12-21 09:48

    The blood tests came back negative.......I think that it's safe to say that your name has now been cleared. Why the drama???

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-21 09:53

    The police force as the new "organised crime" in this country have abused their power and relied on suspect testing procedures for to long, so yes sue them for as much as possible and by this law suit set the standards for everyone to follow going forward. We have had far to many instances where Breathalyzer's "Indicate" a blood alcohol level, the person is detained in a cell overnight and appears in court the next day, only to have the case adjourned pending blood test results. These people loose their jobs etc only to have the test come back negative, no police work is in this instance better than the shoddy work being done.

  • Piet - 2011-12-21 09:56

    If what you say is true Kodwa, you have my full support. Problems is the attitude of politicians...sure you were very windgat and the cop decided to druk you a toffie.

  • nishaatf - 2011-12-21 09:57

    Yet anther way for the Gov to screw us over , pay the man 5M of our money , then they want to say there is no money for job creation, Bull man....

  • nishaatf - 2011-12-21 09:57

    Wont even be suprised if it was set up ,

  • Paul - 2011-12-21 10:10

    Does this guy realize that suing the police for 5million for wrongful arrest will only make him stupid? the police have enough on their plates already so they will most likely go all out to destroy this guy and unless he can prove that they arrsted him because he didnt pay them a bribe he will never win the case,plus the government likes their money... will they really pay him 5 million for a "wrongful arrest" this is South Africa not the USA...

  • Aubrey - 2011-12-21 10:13

    What would you have done if you were arrested for something you have not done?

  • kyliedutton1 - 2011-12-21 10:19

    I agree that this is the right thing to do. I think that bribery in the police force is out of control. They will stop you, presuming you are doing something wrong and will arrest you for no reason what so ever for the bribe. The value he is suing for is irrelevant. But it is time that this bribery and corruption in the police force is brought to the attention of the government and judiciary system.

  • Elkieta - 2011-12-21 10:22

    And Zuma gets half of the 5mil.

      thabanee - 2012-04-01 22:12

      Thats ZA illuminatis style of making money

  • rory.short1 - 2011-12-21 10:33

    I am glad he is taking a stand. I hope the bribe not paid business that he alleges will also get full public exposure.

  • Mphotent - 2011-12-21 10:33

    Zizi uthanda imali, surely you are broke at this moment you wanna increase your spending on tax payers money...there is ICD and NPA to report matters to...for a person sitting in such levels of hierarchy please be do you justify 5M for wrongful should check doctorine's of law chief.

  • - 2011-12-21 10:43

    I have no issue with him suing the government any more than I would if any of you guys sued them for the same reason. As for criminal cases against the police trying to exort a bribe - Well he may well have laid a charge but it is difficult to prove. Maybe a civil case against the police will force the police brass to come down on errant officers. The publicity will hurt the police. If that happens then it is money well spent. BTW he will never get R5M but he may get something.

  • lmapheto - 2011-12-21 10:43

    Zizi should you get the 5m just know its tax payers money and donate it to charity otherwise you just like those who arrested you (moralbannkrupsy). Out

  • Squeegee - 2011-12-21 10:56

    Why have comments been closed on the article dealing with Zuma's attack on Christianity. Are we supposed to keep quiet when this moron attacks our faith? Retract the article News24 and admit he never said it or allow us to comment.

      David - 2011-12-21 11:08

      News 24 is scared we may all start singing "Showara wa re sokodisa"

  • siyabonga.sibiya - 2011-12-21 11:02

    These guys are smart, they have us taking sides while they benefit... It's not the General that's going to pay its us the R5M.

  • Roy - 2011-12-21 11:03

    Why 5 million? Is 5 million justifiable? Recently, police minister Nathi Mthethwa was at Zizi Kodwa's wedding, he was seated next to President Jacob Zuma. Now Zizi Kodwa is suing the police minister. The ministry of police will not deny liability. ''Police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila told The Star newspaper police received blood results from a test taken on the night, and it confirmed that there was no alcohol in Kodwa's system.'' This is a wedding gift from the government to Zizi Kodwa. I'm pretty sure the policemen involved will not lose their jobs or they will be suspended with full pay. Eish, there are many ways to milk the government coffers!!!

  • Tulani - 2011-12-21 11:33

    before blood test, you blow and if u failed then blood sample is needed for prosecution, so Zizi bhuti how did it go withe you. something doesn't add up with the story, and you so positive before they were out(results) but you were not by the time they were arresting u.

  • Heinrich - 2011-12-21 11:48

    Earlier I posted the following comment, which was deleted. Perhaps with good reason: Where does the R5m come in? Are the police party to this plan? The R5m is to offset WHAT losses exactly?

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2011-12-21 12:16

    Alcohol is a major problem in South Africa, espacislly on our roads; almost as big a problem as the South African Police (Criminal)Force poses. Alcohol might have been a factor in this saga, but from what we read and experience in South Africa on a daily basis, it might not have been Mr. Kodwa who have been under the influence.

  • Gerhard - 2011-12-21 13:06

    JZ has become a national disaster and world-wide embarrassment.

      sbajuqe.buthelezi - 2011-12-21 16:07

      enough of that, i think JZ should also act on foreigners, eg, Nigerians these people have corrupted their countries now they want to corrupt ours with these drugs and fraud.

  • sesom - 2011-12-23 08:51

    These Police who arrested him, are they from Douglasdale Police Station?

  • Ditantane - 2012-02-16 10:18

    this guy is the president's adviser, so is like government suing government, president office suing the police minister. now it makes sense, no wonder the president is always making wrong decision, his advisers smoke weed like Mulder of FF-.

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