Zuma attacker gets R8 000 fine

2011-11-30 22:37

Johannesburg - The man who spilled his drink on President Jacob Zuma was fined R8 000, suspended for three years, by the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, the SABC reported.

Daryl Peense was found guilty of assault on July 27. He was arrested during the Durban July horse race last year.

During his trial, Peense denied deliberately spilling his drink on the president, claiming it spilled when people pushed against him to get a better view of Zuma.

He claimed he was drunk at the time and was standing over a balcony when this happened.

It emerged during the trial that the spilled drink had not touched the president as a bodyguard shielded him.

  • evanknowles - 2011-11-30 22:53

    Now if there's anything that portrays ridiculous government-ing then this is it.

      Smell - 2011-11-30 23:37

      I think this is a fair sentence. It is just a suspended sentence folks - so if he does not transgress again for 3 years he will not have pay anything. No big deal, just a symbolic protection of the dignity of the office of state president. One should really take care not to try and "spill" anything on heads of state, or even make sudden movements close to heads of state. At worst you make take a bullet and at best you may get "manhandled" significantly. Imagine what would have happened if Mr. Peens tried to pull this stunt with the US President, or perhaps with a leader of a Middle East Kingdom... I think the only people that really know what happened are Peens and Zuma's bodyguards. And Zuma's bodyguards obviously took a dim view of Peens' actions. And the torrent of insulting contributions against Zuma on these blogs provide ample evidence of the disrespect that may have precipitated this event. I am with my African brothers on this one.

      Francois - 2011-11-30 23:52

      The sentence has been suspended. How about we get a fund going and try to get R 20k together and then get Peense to do a proper job and tape it on Youtube? Then SA will at least be a funny for some time...

      Ry Short - 2011-11-30 23:53

      @Smell: all fair points.. IF the court had found malicious intent and IF the alleged "attacker" had actually successfully "attacked" his target. But those are two big if's and neither of them transpired. I'd offer you a picture of a bunny with a pancake on its head but there's already too much irrelevance on this comment section.

      Derek - 2011-12-01 01:38

      Smell For your info This is what happens In the UK! Man fined over PM flour-bombing Mr Harrison and Mr Davis appeared at a news conference on Thursday A fathers' rights protester has been fined £600 for throwing flour at Tony Blair during last week's prime minister's questions. Mr Blair was hit by a condom filled with purple flour while speaking in the Commons, prompting a security review. Guy Harrison, 36, of Ashurst, Sussex, admitted a public order offence at London's Bow Street Magistrates' Court. A second man, Patrick Ronald Davis, 48, pleaded not guilty to the same offence and will return to court next month. Security screen The chamber was evacuated for more than an hour after the flour was thrown.

      Dirk - 2011-12-01 05:32

      Does the suspended sentence only apply to whiskey being spilt on Zuma? If next time, he pees on him, would the sentence come into effect?

      Jacky - 2011-12-01 06:57

      @ smell - incorrect he had to pay R4000 only half was suspended, so a very expensive drinking session. I still think this is the most ridiculous thing ever!

      Mike - 2011-12-01 07:32

      Derek in that case Blair was actually hit by the object, completely different here as the drink made no contact with Zuma and our law doesn't recognize attempted assault, travesty of justice

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-01 07:55

      ...and the jogger that showed the middle finger to Zuma's convoy gets his conviction overturned and he sues for just over a million Zuma-bucks. It's just a coincidence that the jogger is black of course.

      Pierre - 2011-12-01 08:11

      Smell - I agree with you. On the one hand one can view these as over reactions or even ridiculous. The point is they happen and they happen not just in SA, thus one must be careful. I also suspect that the court was not sure how much “intent” there was in the spill, as the levels of disrespect to Jacob Zuma were quite high at that time (as you mentioned). The flower condoms on Tony Blair are probably a good example of how things should be handled, but in reality it does not always go that civilised. Yes the court case was ridiculous, but this is probably a good compromise sentence. It was not as good as the case of the jogger in Cape Town, but it could have been worse.

      Cindy - 2011-12-01 08:18

      Please also remember that the punishment (or part of it) may be suspended but this man now has a criminal record for what is classed as a "violent" crime...... Hows that going to look on his CV? I think this was a milicious prosecution because the Presidents ego may or may not have been bruised, Zuma could have stepped in at any time and stopped it by accepting that this was an accident and not an attempt to do him harm. Appeal your conviction and sentence Sir!

      MastersVoice - 2011-12-01 09:49

      Give the man a Bells!

      Dank - 2011-12-01 13:06

      @smell, I don't respect someone whom has no respect for me. Go ahead, place your trust in JZ - just don't expect him to give anything back.

      Warrick - 2011-12-02 11:45

      Smell, are you serious? you think its a fair sentence? This whole situation is just sad and pathetic. Spilling a drink is not assault wtf...

  • Maureen Webster - 2011-11-30 23:03

    LOL @ Pieter . Nice comment.

      Dave - 2011-11-30 23:37

      Maureen, Please re-post Pieter's comment. I can't understand the Media's BLACK TUESDAY CAMPAIGN, when News24 censor responses from their readership. NEWS 24 PLEASE define your editorial stance, otherwise we, the public, will not trust you as an independant forum.

      Juno - 2011-12-01 09:41

      Would be most interested to see why Pieter's comment was removed...

  • Jonathan - 2011-11-30 23:04

    I wonder if he is going to appeal, cannot understand how he was convicted

  • Maureen Webster - 2011-11-30 23:08

    Can't believe they censored that comment. It was hysterical.

      Juno - 2011-12-01 09:42

      Damn..give us a synopsis..

  • - 2011-11-30 23:08

    .... and Ju Ju roams "free"!!!

  • Chris - 2011-11-30 23:09


  • Ry Short - 2011-11-30 23:09

    8000 bucks for spilling a drink?? Sheesh, must have been a flipping expensive carpet he ruined!! By the way, News24 moderators, you aren't here to censor comments, merely any overtly offensive content. How's to stop removing comments.

  • Gungets - 2011-11-30 23:12

    Makes a complete mockery of the judicial system and of the presidency (lower case deliberate). If Zuma had an ounce of intelligence he would have refused to let the charges proceed. Posturing. Ludicrous.

      Joseph - 2011-11-30 23:23

      Judicial mockery because its a black president from an African state to you he is not important as you do not wish him to be the president,if it was done to an American president you were going to aplaude the judicial for a job well done.You sound like a European who is afraid to go to Europe because of financial crisis griping EU.

      charmaine.rowlands - 2011-11-30 23:36

      @Joseph O...M...G how in heaven's name did you derive THIS from Gungets comment? Please, please tell me, i'm lost as to how this totally ludicrous judgement has anything whatsoEVER to do with race!! The American president is BLACK you chop - but bet he wouldn't have wasted the tax payer's money by pursuing such a pathetic case. How can spilling a drink on a person be assault??? How? I don't care who he is, he's a human being just like the rest of us - and humans don't melt when wet!! Take your racist self and go play somewhere else PLEASE

      Gungets - 2011-12-01 06:37

      Joseph - the drink did not hit Zuma. In fact, court evidence given was the Zuma did not know it had even happened. How can it be assault if the victim was not touched and did not even know it happened. And shove the "European who is afraid to go to Europe because of financial crisis griping EU." right up your fundamental orifice. All you are trying to do is find a reason why you should not even examine my comment for decent sense. It says much, much more about you than it does me. And yes, I may leave. I am thinking of moving to Botswana. Almost as beautiful as SA, nice stable democracy with elected officials who believe they are in SERVICE, not in "POWER".

      Juno - 2011-12-01 09:48

      @ Joseph chip on the shoulder old thing? Oh and please don't forget Obama's "African" roots...

      JMan - 2011-12-02 08:00

      @ Joseph - I don't even want to mention what you sound like....

      Mannie777 - 2011-12-02 09:07

      Joseph - did you know the American pres is BLACK? Poepol.

      loueldon.beyersbergen - 2011-12-02 12:32

      @Joseph. Stop playing on your pc. Get back to work. The grass needs to be cut and the bushes needs to be trimed.

  • Louwhan - 2011-11-30 23:18

    Look, R 8000 is not too much to pay after a good story. Who can claim to have spilled a drink on Zuma "by accident" and called for a national outcry. He might even get some tenders in Mpumalanga in a few years time after such a gutsy event.

  • Ry Short - 2011-11-30 23:19

    Also, News24, while I'm here; please take a break with the sensationalist reporting. Calling this man an "attacker" is one (idiotic) thing, but it was proven in the court that it did not touch ol' JZ, so how can you start the article claiming that it spilt on the prez? Do you not employ editors? Or qualified, educated reporters? Only a fascist, totalitarian comment censoring committee? Haiybo.

  • Nick - 2011-11-30 23:30

    Wow, talk about a massive waste of court time and expense...

  • Khue - 2011-12-01 00:59

    nonsense this guy should have respect

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-01 07:58

      Respect for a tinpot moron with no morals or ethics...

      Maai - 2011-12-01 11:54

      Respect for a fraud committing, adulterous, goat herding, polygamous serial breeder? Why?

      Nadia - 2011-12-01 13:55

      @Khue... why should this guy have respect?

  • Johan - 2011-12-01 02:04

    Blue light brigades, fancy cars, house renovations. ridiculously expensive bodyguards and now this. It seems to me like the signature of a pathetically small man! If he is the chosen leader of the ANC and the country and reflects the average psyche of this nations we should be ashamed of ourselves.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-01 02:56

    This is an outrage. If he had any decency and had any leadership qualities he would have put a stop to this ridiculous charge . The drink never touched him. The magistrate is out of line. Does he fine all assault cases R8000 even when no assault happened or is he following thug instructions. The anc has lost the plot with regards to right or wrong.

  • George - 2011-12-01 05:21

    Dont you read R8000.00 fine SUSPENDED Do you know what this means.

      Mike - 2011-12-01 08:12

      It means he has a criminal record for a non assault

  • Brian - 2011-12-01 05:51

    R800 for spilling a drink on a SECURITY guard! Who knows how much it would have been if he targetted the president! LOL

  • felican - 2011-12-01 06:13

    HOW can the Media state that accidentally spilling something near someone is an ATTACK nogal..??? So glad this circus saga is now over....even if pending for 3 years..

  • Trevor - 2011-12-01 06:22

    Intentional then slap the guy with a fat fine, if an ACCIDENT then Zuma, grow a set and be a man, ANC is acting like a bunch of spoilt brats!

      ezekiel.ratshefola - 2011-12-01 08:31

      what set none in anc has any.

  • malcolm - 2011-12-01 06:51

    Now that this huge problem has been solved for Jacob, perhaps the man can get back to running the country.

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-12-01 08:44

      Down hill.

  • malcolm - 2011-12-01 06:59

    If one looks at things logically, the world has gone mad. The president of South Africa is suppossed to abide by the same laws as everyone else in the country. We should all see him as an equal, and not put him on an imaginery pedestal. Just imagine if every person in South Africa, who gets a drink spilled on themselves had to go to court and sue the offender. Imagine if the same had to happen for every minor offense caused accidentally in this country. Its simply not logical.

  • rlong1952 - 2011-12-01 07:01

    Hmm, did he 'attack' Zuma? Misleading headlines, methinks. The drink didn't even touch Zuma, pathetic !!!

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-12-01 12:53

      This is how you do it :

  • blackies1 - 2011-12-01 07:10

    Just shows that one can't really expect a fair trial in South-Africa. Maybe some more ammunision for one Mr. Diwani. Aanranding is die wederregtelike en OPSETLIKE toepassing van geweld op 'n ander persoon. There is no intent, enough said, but the drink never even touched the high almighty and he never even testified! Shocking!

      Edith - 2011-12-01 07:17

      How do you work out there was no intent? The trouble is you people can't move on and accept that a black man is your president.

      Mike - 2011-12-01 07:19

      Neither was there an actual assault so it can only be attempted crime

      Darryl - 2011-12-01 08:35

      Oh Edith !!! Shut your dam trap. This story is such a waist of time. The pres even admits he didnt know about this whole saga. It has been a waste of taxpayers money. It can be so easy to spill a drink over a balcony when u have ppl swarming to get a look at the president. I dont care who it did or didnt spill on, it was just a bloody accident. I bet u the US president woulda just called the guy and sat around a bbq, have a good chat and the guy would've apolopised and all happy clappy. Here we gotta prove a point. Not even rapists and murders get fined that amount. This is just a black on white issue and its pathetic that we are still going on like this like a bunch kids.

  • Mike - 2011-12-01 07:12

    Peense should qualify for the Guiness book of records as the first person ever to be convicted of attempted assault since there is no such crime, if he goes on appeal he must be acquitted. This conviction is not a legal conviction but a political one which cannot stand in law

  • jack.kukard - 2011-12-01 07:13

    He should have poured acid....

  • nicky.vniekerk - 2011-12-01 07:18

    I thought he only spilled the drink on the bodyguard... These kinds of things are REDICULOUS... I don't care what country it's happening in. It's stupid.

  • Julie - 2011-12-01 07:19

    @ Smell take a bullet???? I dont think so...

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-01 07:22

    The man who avoided courts himself should have nullified this charge. They should have just warned him instead of this unrealistic bizzare sentence. This man should appeal this silly conviction as there is no special law for the president in SA. This petty crime is prioritised when corrupt officials always get away with it.

  • CarlS - 2011-12-01 07:24

    Anyone know of a bank account I can make a contribution towards mr. Peense's fine?

      Mike - 2011-12-01 07:35

      Rather contribute towards an appeal! Your money will be better spent

      CarlS - 2011-12-01 15:52

      I'll contribute towards the fine, the original case & the appeals legal fees!

      Jacky - 2011-12-02 11:00

      The support Daryl peense t shirt . If u have accidentally spilt ur drink before then buy one in support . They R100 ea add R20 for postage if you live out of jozi but in S A obviously :-) inbox order and depo into : D peense ,absa savings a/c no 9103025728 branch code 632005 . Put ur name as ref . Pls inbox me for any other queries or if you are able to help with the sales and marketing of the t shirts in any way . They plain white shirts and are in m , L and XL . The back has a full newspaper article explaining the whole story . Tks for all your support :-)

  • SJ Kleynhans - 2011-12-01 07:36

    Weet stortkop ooit die ou gefonnis is? Hy lewer nie eers kommentaar nie!

  • SJ Kleynhans - 2011-12-01 07:37

    Weet stortkop ooit dat die ou gefonnis is? Hy lewer nie eers kommentaar nie!

  • OSSY24 - 2011-12-01 07:48

    jee him another bells

  • VWhitepaw - 2011-12-01 07:56

    That the spilling didn't touch Zuma because he was shielded is not the point. That it happened and that it was a accident or not is. If it was deliberate, then yes. Sue him and fine him. If not, then this proves that we have to look at our laws as this was unjust.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-01 07:59

    This is pathetic. How can you fine someone that much for spilling a drink. These people have got no sense.

  • Msholozi - 2011-12-01 08:07

    this man is a criminal he attacked the president his friend is the judge

      Mia - 2011-12-02 11:01

      And he is just a person! Its not the end of the world you idiot! He DID not attacked the president! For crying out loud! Go to school! and learn the term "attack". at·tack [uh-tak] Show IPA verb (used with object) 1. to set upon in a forceful, violent, hostile, or aggressive way, with or without a weapon; begin fighting with: He attacked him with his bare hands. 2. to begin hostilities against; start an offensive against: to attack the enemy. 3. to blame or abuse violently or bitterly. 4. to direct unfavorable criticism against; criticize severely; argue with strongly: He attacked his opponent's statement. 5. to try to destroy, especially with verbal abuse: to attack the mayor's reputation.

      loueldon.beyersbergen - 2011-12-02 12:22

      Why is the world still full of savages? Isn't that era over yet?

  • Shawn - 2011-12-01 08:11

    Are you F@#king serious? R8000 for a spilled drink. Murderers get released on R500 bail but this guy gets a huge fine for spilling a drink on Jacob "F@#kface"Zuma. Thats just ridiculous.

  • leoniemollentze - 2011-12-01 08:12

    Hold on... isn't the headline just a tad sensationalist (and inaccurate to boot), News24?

  • Djim - 2011-12-01 08:16

    Zuma and his guards are confused, it's his shower-head leaking, ask Zappiro for new seals.

  • Deon - 2011-12-01 08:18

    I must say, shower head's body guard is lightning fast, by the time he saw the few drops coming from the balcony, showerhead was allready shielded. Wonder what would have happen if a hailstorm developed and a few golf balls came down?

      makesuthink - 2011-12-01 09:50

      Just Curious What would the bodyguards have done is a bird crapped on ZOOMA's head. Imagine them chasing the bird to arrest it for assaulting the president

  • JMan - 2011-12-01 08:18

    Assault? What a joke.

  • mholthuysen - 2011-12-01 08:18

    He should have gotten a R 8000 award!

      ezekiel.ratshefola - 2011-12-01 08:32

      and a botlle of Bells

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-12-01 08:54

      Two bottles of Blue Label something.

  • Skia - 2011-12-01 08:41

    more interestingly this now establishes case law that it can be construed as assault to spill your drink around someone going to make going to a full bar fun

  • phillipa.mill - 2011-12-01 08:44

    Calling it an attack, omg what a joke...Government at its best...You are a laugh stock

  • Smell - 2011-12-01 08:45

    Many of you persist in calling Mr. Zuma by insulting names. But Mr. Zuma is the man that finally saved your collective @rses from Malema. Do you really think Helen Zille or Pieter Mulder could have stopped Malema? In stead of "shower" think "power".

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-12-01 08:56

      "Power" se gaat.

      Mike - 2011-12-01 09:04

      That's not correct, Malema contravened the rules of his party and was tried in accordance with the ANC'S constitution it doesn't matter who the president was at the time

      Johan - 2011-12-01 09:11

      He saved himself from Malema. He is a selfish and dishonourable individual and his actions is solely aimed at preserving and enriching himself.

      Maai - 2011-12-01 11:59

      If anything, in the long run, Showerhead saved fat Juju from white retribution.

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-12-02 19:23

      @Smell...Zuma saved us from Malema? Until Malema is dead and buried I won't be thanking him for anything. Malema is far from finished, scum like him don't vanish into thin air like that. They always find a way back.

  • nokuthandwa - 2011-12-01 08:52

    ATTACKER?! But that's taking it to another level though!

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-12-01 12:58

      Agreed, this is much better

  • Ronnie - 2011-12-01 10:13

    what a load of bull. it was an accident and thats that

  • richard.hipkin - 2011-12-01 10:15

    Attacker? Assault? Banana anyone?

  • Mandi - 2011-12-01 11:34

    I seem to recall in a previous article that Zuma didn't remember any of this???

  • Henning - 2011-12-01 11:44

    Next time adjust your aim and atleast hit the target!

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2011-12-01 12:34

    Peens, after he sobered up, probably did not even remember having leaned over the balcony and spilling his drink, which did not fall on Zuma and caused an incident in which the alleged victim, (Zuma)suffered no wet or dry harm. Peense must be as puzzled by the sentence as Zuma is, but then, why the hell did you prefer to admit that you were white and not coloured or black; were you looking for trouble?

  • Johann - 2011-12-01 13:28

    Remember the shoe thrower and George Bush, in SA he would have done time.