Lamborghini super-charred in uMhlanga
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.