DA will act ‘if councillor found to be drunk’

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Copy of ND AUDI (41860785) DAILY NEWS The DA councillors Audi sedan that was involved in a collision in Musgrave Road. Picture: Puri Devjee

Durban - The DA has promised a full investigation into one of its eThekwini councillors who crashed his luxury car, allegedly while drunk, on the night of the general elections.

The councillor’s Audi sedan was involved in a collision with another car in Musgrave Road on Wednesday, injuring two women who were returning from Bible study.

He was arrested and taken to the Berea police station at 10.30pm.

A breathalyser test there showed he was over the legal driving limit, police claimed.

The Daily News contacted the councillor on Sunday, but he would not comment and referred all enquiries to the DA’s provincial chairman, Haniff Hoosen.

Hoosen said: “If it is proved that there is any breach of the DA’s code of conduct for councillors, we will not hesitate to take the firmest action.

“This is what the electorate expects from us and we have every intention of ensuring that our public representatives conduct themselves in a responsible manner.”

One of the injured women, who asked not to be named, said: “I was going at 50-60km/h minding my own business and the next thing I know someone rams into me.

“My car looks like a write-off right now, and I feel really depressed as this has caused a huge inconvenience to my life.”

She said the councillor had remained in his car for a long time and that when he finally emerged he crossed the road and sat on the pavement.

The woman’s passenger, who also asked not to be named, said: “We were coming from church Bible study. It scared the hell out of me as I received a huge shock. I received a few bruises. Paramedics took me to hospital as my blood pressure had shot up.”

Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said a case of drunken driving had been opened at the Berea police station.

Zwane confirmed that the councillor had been arrested after he was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol.

The councillor was granted R1 500 police bail and is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court in November.

Police are awaiting the results of the blood alcohol tests.

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