Men in black interfered in Yengeni arrest, court told

Tony Yengeni (Tammy Petersen, News24)
Tony Yengeni (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Cape Town - Four men dressed in black tried to interfere in the arrest of ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni on suspicion of drunken driving, the Cape Town Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

Sergeant Jonas Gomba, who took Yengeni into custody in 2013, said he called for back-up after the men tried to obstruct him during Yengeni’s arrest.

"They arrived at the scene and told me I am not allowed to handcuff him, asking if I know who this man was. One of them approached me in a threatening way," Gomba said.

According to the officer, Yengeni was being "riotous", and swore and pointed his finger at him after he was pulled over after nearly hitting a curb in the Cape Town CBD while driving a white Maserati.

He apparently refused to take a breathalyser test.

Advocate Dirk Uijs, for Yengeni, said his client refused as the kit had not been sealed.

Gomba said that while he was driving Yengeni to have him charged, the politician expressed regret for his behaviour.

"I didn’t charge him for negligent and reckless driving because he apologised and then co-operated," Gomba said.

Uijs told Gomba he was selective in the execution of his duties. Gomba countered that he used such incidents to educate transgressors.

Uijs then accused the officer of manufacturing details of the incident in his pocket book. This was based on a comparison of the entry in the pocket book with the statement Gomba gave to police.

Officers use the book to record details of incidents in case they have to testify in court.

Uijs said most of the entries in the book were relatively short, but the one for Yengeni was unusually long. Gomba denied forging his records and said he made a longer account as the incident was important.

Dressed in a trendy navy blue suit, Yengeni, 61, appeared calm in the dock.

He is currently out on R500 bail.

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