Convicted Tony Yengeni to pay R15 000 or serve 45 days behind bars

ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni has been found guilty of drunk driving in the Cape Town Magistrates Court, and has been acquitted on a charge of reckless driving.

The former ANC Member of Parliament has been on trial for a 2013 incident where he was arrested in Green Point while three times over the legal limit, reports EWN's Xolani Koyana.

Apparently, Yengeni swayed through three lanes in the early hours of the morning behind the wheel of his Maserati., Koyana explains.

A metro police officer testified that he pulled Yengeni over and smelt alcohol on his breath.

The ANC member was released on bail the same day he was booked, says Koyana.

The politician had maintained his innocence throughout and claimed he had taken three sips of traditional beer (umqombothi) at a family ceremony.

Yengeni has the choice of paying a R15 000 fine or serving 45 days in prison.

Koyana says he will likely pay the fine on Monday and look over the judgement with his legal team.

Previously, on a separate occasion, in 2007, Yengeni was found not guilty of drunk driving in relation to an arrest that happened in Godwood.

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