South Africa 13.12.2016 05:02 pm

Yengeni fails to appear in court, state asks for arrest warrant

FILE PICTURE: African National Congress national executive committee member Tony Yengeni. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lulama Zenzile)

FILE PICTURE: African National Congress national executive committee member Tony Yengeni. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lulama Zenzile)

It was unclear why Yengeni failed to make an appearance or where he was.

The case against ANC veteran and national executive committee member Tony Yengeni has been postponed to January 2017 after he failed to appear in the Cape Town Community Court on Tuesday.

The appearance relates to Yengeni’s drunk driving case, which saw him get arrested in August 2013 in Green Point while allegedly driving his Maserati in an erratic manner.

According to News24, the prosecution had initially requested a warrant to be issued for Yengeni, but instead Magistrate Andile Booi opted to postpone the matter to January 27.

It was unclear why Yengeni failed to appear or where he was.

Also revealed during the brief court proceedings was the issue of transcripts relating to the investigation into the case, which state prosecutor Dale Andrews said the defence was still waiting for before proceeding with further arguments.

According to the defence, there were scratches on the transcript disk, making it impossible to transcribe.

It was then resolved to approach the high court and get a copy of the disk to prepare arguments in time for the January appearance.

This is the second time drunk driving charges have been levelled against Yengeni.

In 2007, he was acquitted on drunk driving charges.

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