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Man convicted of spilling whisky on President Zuma

ASSAULT: President Zuma

A SOUTH AFRICAN man has been convicted of assault on President Jacob Zuma.

Racehorse owner Daryl Peense, 31, was arrested after spilling whisky on Mr Zuma at a race meeting last July in the eastern city of Durban.

Mr Peense claimed it was an accident, but one of President Zuma’s bodyguard, Funani Nemaenzhe, insisted that it was deliberate, telling the court he saw Mr Peense pour a drink from a balcony on the President's entourage during the horse-racing event.

The South African Press Association reports that though President Zuma did not get wet as he was protected by another bodyguard, a magistrate's court still found Mr Peense guilty of assault and he will be sentenced in September.

Mr Peene who had told the court earlier that he had been drunk when the incident occurred, told local media that “I'm shocked by the ruling; it's like a big puzzle”.

He maintained that he did not intend to harm the president.

In another incident last year, police briefly detained a student, Chumani Maxwele, from Cape Town for 24 hours for allegedly flipping his middle finger at the President’s motorcade.

South Africa's Human Rights Commission then proceeded to order the police minister to apologise for violating Mr Maxwele’s right to privacy and dignity, but the minister refused to issue an apology.

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