Yengeni describes his drunk driving conviction as an ‘embarrassment’

Although he was found guilty for driving under the influence, the ANC member was acquitted on reckless driving charge.

FILE: Tony Yengeni in August 2006. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Tony Yengeni, who was found guilty of drunk driving, has described his conviction as an “embarrassment”.

Yengeni was fined R30,000 or a sentence of 90 days in prison, half of which has been suspended for five years in the Cape Town Regional Court on Friday.

This relates to an incident in 2013 when he was arrested while five times over the legal limit of alcohol while behind the wheel of his Maserati.

Yengeni escaped jail time when he agreed to pay R15,000 which he will settle on Monday.

Although he was found guilty for driving under the influence, the ANC member was acquitted on reckless driving charge.

Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, Yengeni suggested other possible recourse.

“Of course going forward I’ll have to speak to my lawyers and look at the judgments and how to proceed further.”

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila added that as part of the sentence, Yengeni's driver’s license was revoked for five years.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)