Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali, pictured, spent the weekend in a Pretoria police cell after being arrested for driving under the influence of liquor in Hatfield.

The Belgium-based footballer was one of 15 people arrested by Tshwane metro police officers in a joint operation conducted with other law enforcement agencies on Saturday night.

Jali, 28, was driving his Jeep with personalised registration plates and accompanied by a male friend when he was arrested.

Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba refused to confirm or deny the arrest of the football star. He instead said the suspects would appear in court soon where their identities would be known.

However, The Star’s sister paper, the Pretoria News, had it on good authority that Jali was indeed the former Orlando Pirates star referred to in the statement issued by Tshwane police yesterday regarding the weekend's arrests.

“Drunk driving is one of the major causes of fatal accidents on our roads. Any person found driving while intoxicated will be arrested,” Mahamba warned.

“We will continue to intensify these operations against drunk driving, which endangers lives on our roads and will not be tolerated.

"Well done to the officers for the outstanding arrests. No one is above the law.” Mahamba urged motorists to find alternative transport rather than drink and drive.