City of CT denies alleged political interference in Yengeni case

ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni appeared in court on Friday for his drunk driving case.

FILE: Tony Yengeni leaves the Cape Town Magistrates Court. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has denied claims political pressure is being put on a witness to secure the drunk driving conviction of ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni.

In the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Friday, the state and the defence locked horns over the admissibility of blood alcohol tests.

Yengeni was behind the wheel of his Maserati when he was allegedly caught four times over the legal limit in Green Point three year ago.

Metro police superintendent Jean Hesqua yesterday denied claims by the defence that Sargent Jonas Gomba is being pressured to falsify evidence against Yengeni.

Another officer, Melvin Loggenstein testified Gomba made notes of the night's events in a department issued pocket book.

Gomba, who arrested Yengeni in August 2013, had previously told the court he was not being influenced and applied his mind independently.

Prosecutor Leon Snyman is expected to call the investigating officer to give evidence when the matter is back in court next month.

The other witnesses will also return for cross examination.