Ex-cops in spat over towed car

PANEL­BEAT­ERS: Crimen in­juria charge laid against Mpisane

Weekend Witness - - News - THOBANI NGQULUNGA

A DUR­BAN busi­ness­man fears for his safety af­ter he was al­legedly threat­ened by the con­tro­ver­sial po­lice­man-turned-busi­ness­man Sbu Mpisane af­ter he towed and stored a VW Polo Playa be­long­ing to Mpisane’s client.

Thami Nx­ele from kwaMashu, owner of Thingo Panel Beat­ers, last week­end got on the wrong side of Mpisane, who co-owns Zikhulise Auto Re­stor­ers with his wife Shawn.

“When there is an ac­ci­dent our job is to tow the ve­hi­cle from the ac­ci­dent scene to our work­shop for stor­age and re­pairs if the client is happy to do busi­ness with us,” said Nx­ele.

He said they are al­ways happy to re­lease a car when there is an­other tow­ing com­pany in­volved on con­di­tion that they are re­mu­ner­ated for tow­ing and stor­age. “We had no prob­lem re­leas­ing the car to Mpisane, but all we wanted was to be paid for the job we had done.

“The client paid us R8 000 for tow­ing and stor­ing his ve­hi­cle be­cause he was un­der pres­sure to send his car to Mpisane for re­pairs,” said Nx­ele.

He said, “I was shocked when Mpisane phoned me to threaten me to re­lease the car and he also phoned my man­ager in­tim­i­dat­ing him for stor­ing a car that be­longed to his client.”

Nx­ele said his driv­ers also in- formed him that Mpisane was driv­ing around with peo­ple armed with guns look­ing for him and he even wanted to know where his house was so that he can con­front him.

“On Thurs­day night af­ter 10 pm, I was phoned by one of Mpisane’s em­ploy­ees who said we should re­solve this am­i­ca­bly and I told him that it was late, if he is se­ri­ous about talk­ing we must do it dur­ing the day on Fri­day,” he said.

“Mpisane threat­ened to have the Metro po­lice stop all my busi­ness op­er­a­tions in Dur­ban but that does not dis­turb me be­cause I was [also] a po­lice­man and I know the law,” he said.

At­tempts to reach Mpisane were un­suc­cess­ful at the time of go­ing to press.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Vin­cent Mdunge con­firmed that they have re­ceived a for­mal com­plaint of crimen in­juria that they have sent to the se­nior pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor for a de­ci­sion on whether to pros­e­cute any­one.

Mpisane made head­lines for badly built low-cost houses con­structed by his Zikhulise main­te­nance, clean­ing and trans­port com­pany in Um­lazi.

In 2009, the cou­ple al­legedly re­ceived R219 mil­lion from the eThek­wini mu­nic­i­pal­ity, but failed to con­tinue con­struc­tion in Um­lazi af­ter in­form­ing work­ers that there was not enough money avail­able.

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