Case of missing footage

2013-10-22 00:00

THE N3 “blue light” shooting victim Wynand Rautenbach is yet to get the CCTV footage of the area where he was allegedly shot at by Umgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee’s bodyguards early this month.

Rautenbach said he made a request for the footage two days after the incident, which happened on October 8. He shared his frustration with The Witness yesterday after learning that the officer who was meant to find the footage for him, has allegedly been viewing footage from the wrong stretch of road.

“I don’t know what’s going on here. This afternoon [yesterday] I received an e-mail from Ally Mohamed saying there were no surveillance footage available close to the scene. I was shocked to learn that he had been viewing the Spaghetti Junction area.

“I responded telling him that he was searching the wrong area, and that he should be searching near the M13 [on the N3],” said Rautenbach.

He said he needed the footage to test the version of the story of bodyguards Thulasizwe Dennis Mbanjwa and Sthembiso Mokoena, who said they fired warning shots in the air.

Rautenbach was driving on the N3 near the Marianhill Toll Plaza when a passenger of a Toyota Corolla allegedly fired at his car for failing to give way to a Toyota Prado, which was transporting Bhamjee from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

As the vehicle stopped, the driver fired shots at his car again, alleged Rautenbach.

“I want that footage to prove my case in court,” Rautenbach said.

The two bodyguards are currently out on R5 000 bail each. They were suspended from work pending the case.

Metro police spokesperson Superintendent Sbonelo Mchunu last night said Mohamed’s information was correct.

“Alley is correct in saying Metro police have no footage of the incident. We communicated this to the complainant and we further advised him to make a request from the SAPS or Sanral. The footage is available at Sanral, but in order for him [Rautenbach] to get help, he will have to go via the police. We have done our part in this case. If it was not for our officers who stopped and questioned the bodyguards, taking down their details, people would still be speculating on what happened or who was involved,” said Mchunu.

• By last night municipal manger Sbu Khuzwayo had still not released a statement “to set the record straight” regarding the mayor’s bodyguards, as he had earlier promised.

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