‘Nobody can touch me because I work for Dr Phosa’

2014-12-03 16:34

A head of security of former ANC treasurer-general and Mpumalanga premier, Mathews Phosa, has appeared briefly in court on an intimidation charge.

Peter van Zyl, the owner of Hi-Tech Security in White River, appeared in the town’s magistrates’ court today after he allegedly threatened and intimidated Jan Venter, who is a former manager of Phosa’s palatial home in Hazyview.

Venter claims that Van Zyl has been threatening him since he quit as Phosa’s house manager.

He said he left the job because Phosa did not listen to his allegations that Van Zyl was “torturing” people.

In August, Van Zyl allegedly pulled Venter by his beard outside the Postnet in White River. According to Venter, Van Zyl said: “Nobody can touch me because I work for Dr Phosa.”

Speaking to City Press outside court, Venter said that Phosa was unconcerned about all the allegations against his head of security.

“He just told me to leave Van Zyl alone. I was shocked. I had respected Dr Phosa all along as someone who fought against apartheid,” Venter said.

He said that he feared for his life and had to relocate his family to a new house after shots were fired at him in Hazyview.

Phosa said he could not be dragged into Van Zyl’s case.

“(Venter) was working for Peter and I employed him after Peter seconded him to me. If he has an argument with Peter, what does that have to do with me?” Phosa said.

“He is a liar and thinks he can hang his story on a big name or something. Van Zyl is going to sue him,” he added.

Van Zyl’s trial was rescheduled to January 27 next year because his lawyer had not been given a copy of the docket.

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