Lam­borgh­ini ar­son­ist a ‘dan­ger to so­ci­ety’


A WEALTHY busi­ness­man whose R2 mil­lion Lam­borgh­ini was torched in the base­ment of his up­mar­ket apart­ment build­ing says he will not live his life look­ing over his shoul­der.

Speak­ing to POST this week, Priven Reddy, 35, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kag­iso In­ter­ac­tive Me­dia, an in­ter­na­tional ad­vanced soft­ware de­vel­op­ment com­pany, said he wanted the law to run its course.

Spec­u­la­tion is rife that the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the Septem­ber 16 in­ci­dent is a man who be­lieves Reddy is dat­ing his ex-girl­friend – a lo­cal ac­tress and model. Deny­ing any in­volve­ment with the wo­man, Reddy – speak­ing in the pres­ence of his at­tor­ney Nashira Han­sraj – said if the cul­prit is who he sus­pected it to be, he was not only a dan­ger to Reddy, but to so­ci­ety as a whole.

This was not the first time he had run-ins with the al­leged per­pe­tra­tor, he said: “In July this year he ver­bally abused me and I opened up a case (of in­tim­i­da­tion) at the Dur­ban North SAPS.”

Since then he had been a vic­tim of many ver­bal abuse at­tacks, he said.

The al­leged per­pe­tra­tor, he claimed, had been boast­ing to friends about burn­ing the sports car.

By time of pub­li­ca­tion, no one had been ar­rested. Police spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala said a case of ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Re­liv­ing the in­ci­dent, Reddy, who lives in the Pearls of Umh­langa apart­ment com­plex, said a se­cu­rity guard had told him his car was on fire at about 7.30pm and he rushed down to find the park­ing area filled with smoke.

“I asked the guard if the con­trol room had tried to ex­tin­guish the fire. I then grabbed fire hoses and tried to ex­tin­guish the fire my­self. I was afraid that all the other cars would catch alight.”

Reddy said they called the fire de­part­ment, but it was the same day the city was hit by de­struc­tive gale force winds and the Phoenix fire sta­tion was only able to re­spond 45 min­utes later. “By this time an­other se­cu­rity guard and I had man­aged to douse the flames.”

Reddy said his anger didn’t stem from the fact that his car was burnt, but for the bla­tant dis­re­gard for life. “The build­ing could have come down. We have chil­dren liv­ing in those apart­ments.”

He has hired a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor to get to the bot­tom of the case.

“I refuse to hire pro­tec­tion and look over my shoul­der. I don’t have to live that way,” he said.

“Peo­ple who pose a dan­ger to so­ci­ety must be re­moved and get the help they de­serve.”

Priven Reddy, 35, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kag­iso In­ter­ac­tive Me­dia, whose R2m Lam­borgh­ini was burnt.

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