Lam­borgh­ini su­per-charred in uMh­langa

The Sunday Independent - - FRONT PAGE - nabee­lah.shaikh@nl.co.za NABEE­LAH SHAIKH

A CHARRED Lam­borgh­ini – al­legedly set alight at the up­mar­ket Pearls of uMh­langa res­i­den­tial park­ing lot – is be­lieved to be linked to an on­go­ing spat be­tween two so­cialites over a lo­cal su­per­model.

Valued at R2 mil­lion, the Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo be­long­ing to busi­ness­man Priven Reddy of Kag­iso In­ter­ac­tive Media, who lives at The Pearls of uMh­langa, was a talk­ing point af­ter he shared im­ages of the charred su­per­car on his Face­book page. Reddy in­sin­u­ated that his ve­hi­cle had been burnt by some­one who owns a Fer­rari.

In a so­cial media post, he said: “Thank­fully, though you set my car alight, I don’t have to ask my mom to buy me a new one.”

The posts were later re­moved but Reddy con­firmed the in­ci­dent to the Sun­day Tribune. He said he was pur­su­ing le­gal ac­tion. Aside from a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he has also ap­pointed a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor to han­dle the mat­ter.

Reddy, a su­per­car en­thu­si­ast, said he owned a num­ber of su­per­cars and re­plac­ing the Lam­borgh­ini didn’t mat­ter to him.

He said he was “self-made” and if there was an in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­ble for the act, they had en­dan­gered the lives of peo­ple who lived in the build­ing.

“Two of my cars were parked one next to the other and if the car had ex­ploded, it’s scary to think of what the con­se­quences could have been.

“For me, this is just a case of jeal­ousy. Had we not got to the scene on time, the sit­u­a­tion could have been a lot worse.”

He said he ex­tin­guished the fire him­self with the help of a se­cu­rity guard be­fore the fire depart­ment ar­rived.

He was con­fi­dent it was a case of ar­son and was also up­set by the se­cu­rity mea­sures in place at The Pearls.

Reddy’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Nar­isha Han­sraj, said the es­tab­lish­ment did not have footage of the res­i­den­tial park­ing lot avail­able be­cause there were no cam­eras in that area.

When ques­tioned about the in­ci­dent, gen­eral man­ager of The Pearls body cor­po­rate, Leigh-Ann Holling­ton, said the footage was avail­able. “As part of the se­cu­rity mea­sures in place, all ac­cess points into all the build­ings in the Pearls com­plex are mon­i­tored by CCTV cam­eras. We have made the footage avail­able to Mr Reddy to view, how­ever, he has not availed him­self of it yet. We are as­sist­ing the process of the forensic in­ves­ti­ga­tion and look for­ward to a speedy con­clu­sion.”

She did not re­spond to the ques­tion of whether the res­i­den­tial park­ing lot had CCTV cam­eras or not.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala said a case of ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and that no ar­rests had yet been made.

BURN­ING RUB­BER:This Lam­borgh­ini, valued at R2 mil­lion, was set alight at an up­mar­ket com­plex.

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