Mondli Zuma 'evaded cops for hours'

Officers allegedly shouted at him, flashed a torch and used a loudspeaker before switching on sirens.

Mondli Zuma, who was picked to become the next Gauteng police commissioner before outstanding drunk driving charges against him were revealed to Riah Phiyega. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Senior cop Mondli Zuma ignored every attempt made by traffic officials to make him pull over and take a breathalyser test, a Pietermaritzburg court heard on Wednesday.

In August, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega appointed Zuma but within hours, she reversed her decision after it emerged he faced criminal charges.

Officers allegedly shouted at him, flashed a torch and used a loudspeaker before eventually switching on sirens and blue lights, the KwaZulu-Natal court heard on Wednesday.

Traffic official Carin Bishop said Zuma sped off without stopping, forcing officers to track him down.

The incident took place in December 2008.

Bishop told the court Zuma eventually blew into a breathalyser and was found to be over the legal limit.

She says when they tried to handcuff Zuma, he jumped over a house gate and locked himself inside for two hours.

The delay meant a blood sample could not be taken from him.

Zuma faces charges of driving under the influence, escaping custody and defeating the ends of justice.

He also faces a disciplinary hearing and an investigation is underway into whether he has a criminal record dating back nearly a decade.

Police won't confirm whether Zuma has a criminal record, but say they've pulled out all his files to check whether a conviction may have slipped through its electronic systems.

According to _The Star _newspaper, Zuma has a reckless and negligent driving conviction from 2004, despite Phiyega's assurances that his record is clean.

The police's Solomon Makgale says an announcement will be made in due course.

"We're also checking to see if indeed there are issues in terms of discipline and if there are issues in terms of a criminal record. We have received a preliminary report."