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2013-10-25 07:56
Bethuel Mondli Zuma, who was to have become Gauteng's police commissioner, will face drunk-driving charges today. Maybe he should go for sports training, too, as he allegedly cleared a two-metre gate when fleeing...

Pietermarizburg - Major-General Bethuel Mondli Zuma, who was to have become Gauteng's police commissioner, will appear in the magistrate's court here today (Oct 25) on four counts for trying to evade a roving anti-alcohol patrol in December 2008.

He faces charges of failing to stop when ordered to, drunk driving, attempting to escape from custody and defeating the ends of justice.

THREE TIMES THE LIMIT

At his last appearance on September 13 traffic officer Carin Bishop testified that he failed to obey her colleague Kermit Johansen's signal to him to stop his car in a Pietermaritzburg suburb that day despite the patrol car's siren and blue lights being on and the traffic officers shouting at Zuma over a loudspeaker.

Zuma's counsel Sergie Brimiah indicated that his client would testify that he was not breathalysed.

Bishop said Zuma blew into a breathalyser and the reading was 0.65, three times the legal limit. She claimed that when the officers tried to handcuff Zuma he broke away and jumped over a two-metre gate.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega announced Zuma's appointment as Gauteng police commissioner on August 31 but withdrew it hours later when it emerged that he had a case pending against him.
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