Ex-cops in spat over towed car

2011-05-14 00:00

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 informed 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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