Pietermaritzburg-born Mamelodi Sundowns defender Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela was arrested in his hometown yesterday for drunk driving.
Police said that when the wayward 25-year-old former Bafana Bafana captain was caught, at about 3 pm, he was found to be four times over the legal alcohol limit.
He had a breath alcohol reading of 1,08, whereas the legal limit for drivers is only 0,24.
Mabizela later told Weekend Witness that he last had a drink the night before his arrest.
SAPS collision unit spokesman Captain Dolf Otto said Mabizela, who was driving his black Chrysler with four passengers, was stopped at an RTI road block on Alan Paton Avenue outside Nedbank Plaza.
He was driving towards the city centre.
“When he was stopped, one of his passengers was still consuming alcohol,” said Otto. After failing a breathalyzer test, Mabizela was immediately arrested.
After being arrested, Mabizela was taken to the SAPS’s Davis Alexander building where he was charged. When the Weekend Witness team arrived at the offices, he pleaded for the story not to be written.
“If you write the story, I’m going to lose my job. I last drank last night and this is just a hangover,” said Mabizela, whose team, Sundowns, play against Platinum Stars in Johannesburg’s Super Stadium tomorrow.
At the time of writing, it was not clear whether Mabizela was to be granted bail yesterday or whether he was to be detained in the police cells overnight.
A source close to the police said he might also be charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, as his vehicle’s temporary number plates had expired.
Mabizela, who hails from Edendale, bought a Chrysler 300C a few months ago, but crashed it in Pietermaritzburg during a visit home at the end of September.
It is not clear whether he had repaired the car or replaced it.
“The temporary number plates expired at the end of October, but he still had them on his car,” said Otto.
Otto said Mabizela will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.