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5 Sep 2014
11:50 am

Tony Yengeni submits written representations

ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni has submitted representations on why his drunken driving charges should be withdrawn, the Cape Town Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

FILE PICTURE: African National Congress national executive committee member Tony Yengeni leaves the Cape Town Magistrate Court with his lawyer on August 12, 2014 in Capet Town, South Africa. Yengeni is charged for drunken driving in the Cape Town CBD. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lulama Zenzile)

The African National Congress member was not present but his attorney Sylvester Vogel confirmed written representations had been handed to the State.

Prosecutor Adiel Jansen said he received a “voluminous” bundle on Thursday and that the director of public prosecutions (DPP) needed six weeks to study it.

“The DPP needs the opportunity to go through everything and come to a decision,” he told Magistrate Nasha Banwari.

Banwari postponed the matter until October 22.

Yengeni was not in court because he had been excused from flying from Johannesburg for the provisional postponement.

Banwari held over a warrant of arrest until his next appearance.

Yengeni has not yet pleaded to charges of drunk driving and reckless and negligent driving.

As an alternative to the drunk driving charge, Yengeni is alleged to have driven with a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 percent, five times the legal limit of 0.05.

Yengeni was arrested in August last year after City of Cape Town law enforcement officials saw him allegedly driving his Maserati erratically in the Cape Town CBD.

Police later released him on bail and warned him to make his first court appearance on March 4 this year. In a statement issued after his arrest, the city’s safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said Yengeni had been one of 52 people arrested during a weekend operation.

Smith alleged that at least one of Yengeni’s car number plates was missing at the time.

He said a screening device indicated that Yengeni was substantially over the blood alcohol level.

For this reason, Yengeni was taken to the “shadow centre” for a blood sample to be taken and sent to a lab for analysis.

In 2007 Yengeni was arrested in Goodwood Cape Town on a charge of drunk driving but was found not guilty.