South African man fined for spilling drink on Zuma

November 30, 2011 19:57


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JOHANNESBURG - A South African betting agent, found guilty of assault after spilling a whisky and water drink near President Jacob Zuma last year, was fined 8,000 rand ($1,000) on Wednesday, SABC news reported.

Charges were laid against Daryl Peense after an incident at the Durban July horse race in 2010 in which he allegedly spilled his drink over Zuma from a balcony.

His attorney had told the court that Peense was drunk at the time and only a small quantity of whisky was spilled from his glass. He had no intention of injuring the president.

One of Zuma's bodyguards told the court in March that he saw Peense pour a drink from the balcony over Zuma's group at the horse race meeting.

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