The state could not proceed with drunk-driving charges against former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni, pictured, because his blood sample was tampered with, it emerged in court yesterday.
The SABC reported that the blood sample was unfit to be taken for chemical analysis because former Goodwood station commander Siphiwo Hewana allegedly had given an unknown person access to the blood sample.
Hewana was appearing in the Parow regional court where he is facing three charges: defeating the ends of justice, inciting perjury and interfering with members of the police.
It is alleged that he instructed police officers to open a second false docket against Yengeni to change the time of his arrest.
The first charge sheet had stated that Yengeni was not permitted to drive a motor vehicle at the time of his arrest, in terms of his parole conditions. Yengeni is out on parole on a fraud conviction.
Hewana's case was postponed to May 15. - Sapa