More wreck woes for Tony Yengeni

2010-11-28 17:28

Johannesburg - ANC bigwig Tony Yengeni’s ­troubles with flashy cars and the ­estate of murdered mining magnate Brett Kebble seem to have no end.

The trustees, who claim that Yengeni owes the Kebble estate R260 000, are reviving their inquiries into his wealth after recent disclosures in City Press about the politician’s illegally acquired company directorships and his fleet of cars worth several million rands.

Now City Press has learned that an insurance company paid out R1.3m after a luxury Maserati GranTurismo belonging to Yengeni was wrecked in a high-speed collision three months ago.

Records indicate that Yengeni smashed into a barrier on the N1 near Cape Town on August 22 after he hit an “enormous puddle of water in the roadway” and lost control of the car.

It is the latest in a string of insurance claims apparently paid out by insurer Santam over the past five years for damage to vehicles owned by Yengeni and his wife, Lumka, an ANC MP.

Yengeni – who is listed as the registered owner of two luxury Maseratis worth an estimated R3.4m – would not be drawn on the matter. “I prefer not to comment,” he said.

His lawyer, Brian Kahn, has also refused to discuss the legal tussle with the trustees of the Kebble ­estate.

Hans Klopper, one of the joint trustees of the Kebble estate, confirmed this week that their investigations into six payments allegedly made by Kebble to Yengeni between May 2003 and December 2004 were “continuing”, and that the trustees were watching reports about Yengeni’s lavish lifestyle “with some ­interest”.

Nine claims

City Press has learned that since 2005 Santam has paid out no fewer than nine claims for damage to vehicles owned by the Yengenis, including a Mercedes-Benz, a BMW M5, a BMW X6 and a BMW X5.

Lumka Yengeni is listed as the policy holder. She did not respond to requests for an interview.

In August and September this year the company paid out R19 000 for damage to a Volkswagen Eos, more than R7 000 for a BMW X5, R8 700 for damage to a BMW X6 and R1.3m for the Maserati.

City Press understands that the wrecked Maserati is in Santam’s possession and the company has not finalised its investigation.

A spokesperson for Santam, Daniella Charles, said that “although we would like to be of assistance and answer your questions, we cannot share any policy-holder information as it is confidential in nature”.

David Sampson, the head of transport network information at Cape Town’s department of transport, confirmed the Maserati accident this week and said an accident ­report showed that Tony Yengeni was the driver.

This is not the first time that a Maserati linked to Yengeni has been in the headlines. In October 2005, Cape Town newspapers reported that a blue Maserati belonging to a “TS Yengeni” had allegedly crashed into a Mercedes-Benz in the city earlier in the year. At the time, Yengeni denied being involved, claiming he had never owned a Maserati.

A week after the incident, ownership of the Maserati was reportedly transferred to Kebble.

In addition to the R260 000 the trustees of the Kebble estate are seeking, Yengeni also allegedly received R840 000 via a shelf company, Tuscan Mood, at Kebble’s instruction, over an 18-month period from July 2003.

Yengeni was convicted of fraud in 2003 for failing to declare a discount on a Mercedes 4x4 he received from an arms dealer. He served only four months of a four-year sentence. Ten months after his release he was arrested for drunk driving, but he was later acquitted.

  • Reveal Them - 2010-11-28 17:38

    This guy plays the field and lives on the edge. Time to go back inside Tony.

      Anne - 2010-11-29 04:49

      Exactly. And the Yengeni family must be terrible drivers, crashing one car after the next! Should they have driving licenses?

      Graham - 2010-11-30 12:01

      Mopheme - English please! Try keeping the single digit IQ secret!

      mopheme - 2010-11-30 12:23

      Graham : by the way - what is English ?

      mopheme - 2010-11-30 12:46

      Malema is going to be a President one day Graham, we are going to change your name to Jabu Khumalo !!!!! You must be smiling...waaaa, you will be fully African.

      cornsterenator - 2010-11-30 17:56

      mopheme I see my comment has been removed. Maybe the Yengeni's are still "struggeling" to drive because they have not progressed far enough on the evolution ladder yet...

      THE PUNISHER - 2010-12-10 05:43

      With a stupid name like mopheme, your mother must have hated you. There is a bullet somewhere with malema's name on it, but he's too stupid to notice that. So, be carefull what you say. Once an idiot, always an idiot. Now go and give that stolen computer of yours back to the baas. And try for a legal standard 6 certificate this year. No monkey can drive - steal, murder and rape - that you can do, but that's it.

  • gav.cowell - 2010-11-28 17:50

    This rat stinks!

  • SimonP - 2010-11-28 17:54

    The ideal candidate for setting up a political school? How does Zuma keep a straight face about rooting out corruption when he has a convicted fraudsters in government jobs?

      Alpahbrutus - 2010-11-29 07:23

      How true! And where Zuma and corruption are concerned there is a distinct rodent smell. Corruption is here it stay, but the look of things. It is institutional and endemic. However, Zuma knows that if he mentions that corruption is naughty and says that he and his minions are "cracking down" on it from time to time, it will placate those with deep pockets overseas. I have yet to see any proof that corruption is being reduced.

  • gory - 2010-11-28 18:12

    Spend some of that money on an advanced driving course.

      Bratt - 2010-11-29 09:27

      At least he gets his money's worth from insurance.

      Lionel - 2010-11-29 10:23

      @ Bratt, which we are paying for in increased premiums every year. Wonder if the Yengeni's will be excluded from the ARTO points system, including all MP's, MEC's and ANC NEC members.

      U1 - 2010-11-29 12:31

      Remember, some people are trainable, some not......... ;)

      mrsnicholson - 2010-11-29 13:50

      And plastic surgery. He is one fugly man.

  • brentswsa - 2010-11-28 18:18

    What a joke. . except no one is laughing! The ANC circus continues

  • arkay1138 - 2010-11-28 18:21

    How this half brain can get away with this we'll never know. How can he possibly have a legitimate income to cover the costs of these extravagant vehicles, never mind the cost of accomodation, ward robe for him and his missus, lavish life style, fancy parties with the best food and booze available? The mind boggles!

  • Jack - 2010-11-28 18:24

    BEE is great except when it comes to the elites' lawyers and Doctors then it must be a white male or Indian. lol

      YasButIDunno - 2010-11-29 08:06

      You are 100% correct Jack, I've said the same thing on here before. Tacit acknowledgement of superior skills and abilities and prima facie evidence of the hypocracy of the cadres.

      genet - 2010-11-29 16:34

      Absolutely correct Jack, well said. I also do not understand why Santam carries on insuring these people. Sureley after so many accidents they should be uninsurable.????

  • Parko - 2010-11-28 18:29

    Filthy Rat wasting taxpayers money

  • Herman - 2010-11-28 18:38

    these fat cats are having the time of their lives while the country is going down the drain.

  • Herman - 2010-11-28 18:40

    I really can't see a future for this country.

      Bratt - 2010-11-29 09:29

      You are probably spending too much time 'seeing the past..'

      Snoek - 2010-11-29 10:58

      OK Bratt, tell us what future you see?

      Exoteric - 2010-11-29 13:45

      Sorry Herman, Bratts too busy trying to get on the gravy train at the moment to comment truthfully, he'll be back soon when has a Benz

  • Neso - 2010-11-28 18:43

    Useless trash who doesn't deserve to breathe our oxygen.

  • BigMoose - 2010-11-28 19:07

    Flashy cars, expensive liquor. Only a matter of time before his number is up.

  • MontyC - 2010-11-28 19:27

    The sooner this piece of ANC elite trash goes back to jail the better, pleads innocence and poverty but look at his lifestyle. Clearly he is not doing this type of damage by driving within the rules and regulations.

  • WhyLikeThis - 2010-11-28 20:11

    Racist puddle.

      Fred - 2010-11-29 10:29

      Not sure what you mean.... Please explain.

      Fred - 2010-11-29 10:30

      Not sure what you mean.... Please explain.

      Exoteric - 2010-11-29 13:47

      Sorry Fred,educated South Africans have an argument when faced with questions like you have posed,there's no reply, there's your answer

      Graham - 2010-11-30 12:05

      Fred - let me try - Whenever anything goes wrong in SA it is blamed on apartheid or white racists - the criminal (that's Yengeni) hit a puddle that caused the accident - hence the racist puddle comment - Get it?

      WhyLikeThis - 2010-11-30 12:20

      OK, let me explain. If the previous racist Afrikaans government did a proper job on the roads, then we would have proper drainage so that our flashy, rainbow nation, thieving, government fatcats can race in their flashy sportscars.

  • marco - 2010-11-28 20:26

    Corruption in South Africa's ruling ANC Goverment is as follows as was published by professor Micheal Savage,a sociologist,in a recent survey he conducted this pass week in Cape Town which calls for a sober reflection by the 50million+ population entitled "Theft,fraud and violence:South African MPs do it all.He says this:A culture of impunity has made the South African parliament one of the most scandal-ridden in the world whereby MPs are arrested for drunken driving,shoplifting,fraud and corruption offences.Of the 535 MPs,29 have been guilty of domestic violence,7 have been arrested for fraud,19 accussed of bouncing cheques,117 have been involved in at least 2 businesses that have gone bankrupt,71 cannot obtain a credit card 'cause of bad credit ratings,14 have been arrested on drug-related charges,8 arrested for shoplifting,84 arrested for drunken driving.Tony Yengeni,former chief whip in the Anc, who was convicted for fraud in 2003 while chairing the country's defence commitee says this of their ANC elite:"What does the high court got to do with my life?I don't have to ask permission from them to do certain things...When asked about his numurous luxury cars which includes a MASERATI and 2 BMW's he replied "many other people have cars including white people who still have all the wealth of this country".For those brought up in the townships politics becomes the doorway to self-enrichment.Survivalism in SA is seen as political entitlement.Few MP's goes to prison.Travelgate??

      Zion - 2010-11-29 12:41

      It makes one wonder at the mentality that drive these people. I can understand the reasons why a street urchin or begger will shoplift bread or other survival items. Members of parliament are earning up to R800 000 yet they are shoplifting too. If president Zuma was serious about fighting crime and corruption then surely we will see MP's and ministers behind bars where they belong.

      Doorboot - 2010-11-29 12:41

      Yep a bunch of crooks... No idea what they are doing there, I heard it is also a good place to catch a snooze

  • Paul - 2010-11-28 21:44

    These people think they invincible, but wait one day the it catches up and then all the wheels will come off, and on top of it all your so called friends will make it your problem, start counting your is very short....

      Doorboot - 2010-11-29 12:43

      The whites gets warned that Zim is coming, that the blacks will come for our stuff ala Zimbabwe. But I think not so, I think these buggers living it up, they are the ones that should be getting worried.

  • Rob - 2010-11-29 05:30

    When is this corrupt fellow going to go to jail and stay there - Oh, sorry, I forgot, he is a member of the ANC - he can do what he likes! How is it possible that he has the ability to spend so much money on cars? He should have his license taken away from him as he clearly cannot drive, and Santam's behaviour is disgusting. If Joe Public or I had wrecked so many cars they would not insure us.

  • mondedrill - 2010-11-29 07:15


      Mart - 2010-11-29 08:42

      but then again...a HONDA is a really special brand of motor vehicle.

      bonesagain - 2010-11-29 16:07

      Haybo! Honda is a honda. Kawasaki is a bike.

  • bill - 2010-11-29 07:37

    You can take Tony out of the bush.........

      j.malemmer - 2010-11-29 13:10

      I once had a monkey called Tony but he(the monkey) insisted that I change his name.

  • PB - 2010-11-29 07:48

    Am I the only one who remember the fairy tale about "lifestyle audits"? How many of those has been done in the months since it was announced? I certainly doesn't know of any that was reported in the media.

      AjaxFiko - 2010-11-29 09:27

      I also is certainly doesn't not knowing about any that was reports in this are media. . .Lmao!

      U1 - 2010-11-29 12:34

      Me thinks the guy responsible for the audit was bribed not to do it......;)

      j.malemmer - 2010-11-29 13:11

      It is only for the Western Cape(Non ANC governments) as far as I can remember.

  • Mart - 2010-11-29 08:03

    when will South Africans begin to understand the game.....if you can't beat them....join them ! (....and then dismantle them from the inside.)

      Nicko Minaj - 2010-11-29 08:39

      best comment so far.

      Snoek - 2010-11-29 10:55

      Sure, like the NNP did? They sure dismantled the ANC...

      Doorboot - 2010-11-29 12:44

      Lol yes snoek they did a great job!

      j.malemmer - 2010-11-29 13:17

      The Muslims are good at that.

  • zule - 2010-11-29 08:31

    How and why is it that an absolute a-hole like this man is able to have a car like a Maserati? He should be riding a bicycle back and forward to a road digging job

  • Don - 2010-11-29 09:04

    Arrest this disgraceful cadre, introduce him to Bubba in jail and let them live happily ever after- In prison he can increase his ring of friends and influence- OUCH! CHOP!!

  • Juliass Juju Malema - 2010-11-29 09:11

    Yengeni you ROCK!! What is a Maserati when ANC comrades have private jets? I think it is time for an upgrade.

      Juliass Juju Malema - 2010-11-29 09:28

      I aint no player hater, do not hate the player, hate the game.

  • focus.ntfc - 2010-11-29 09:20

    The SAD SAD thing is that these guys THINK they above the LAW (the scary thing is that they probably ARE!!??) Even worst is that the average and the not so average (AND the 'above average')black person, ALL see scoundrels like this as heros and 'role models .... I would stick my head in a hole if I was a black man today ... SO SAD ....

      focus.ntfc - 2010-11-29 09:45

      I see Tony '4x4' Yengeni's wife Lumka (Chairperson of the Labour Committe) also lost her job with Zuma's re-organising of parlement (some say reshuffling of the deckchairs on the Titanic) axing some of his allies ... I wonder if she will get a REAL job now??

      U1 - 2010-11-29 12:38

      I think there were some new applications from the polokwane conference wanting in on the tax monies, thats why the ones who had a chance to steal were moved out. To give the new ones also a chnace to steal. I mean, even redistribution of the country's wealth....

  • Juliass Juju Malema - 2010-11-29 09:22

    Where is my post?

      katman - 2010-11-29 11:48

      Take this up with your local Post Office, bud.

  • AjaxFiko - 2010-11-29 09:25

    I wish I was born earlier, I would've been in that struggle! Damn mom and dad for delaying. . . .I want a maserati. .I want one I want one I want one! lol This country is a joke!

  • callan - 2010-11-29 09:49

    Santam, dont even try and increase my premiums next year, with this sort of underwriting!!

  • Grant Wright - 2010-11-29 09:52

    Sjoe so many claims with one insurance company? From his moms back to donkey car, then onto dik wheel bicycle and when he joins the ANC top brass he gets a Maserati. The problem i see here is the poor lack of judement, for the best part of 3 years he could only see as far as 10cm been placed in a tight blanket on his moms back. Now he drives and cant judge distance nor speed, please dont blame old Toni here blame the back and blanket (10cm principle)

      AjaxFiko - 2010-11-29 10:17

      Dude, that's not funny!

      ray.romans - 2010-11-29 12:27

      Dude, that's funny.

  • thambomz - 2010-11-29 10:13

    Maybe he's just a bad driver?....

  • Other Justin - 2010-11-29 11:25

    You vote for a bunch of criminals, then when you get a bunch of criminals in government, everyone who voted for them goes EISH, I CAN'T BELIEVE...... Well believe it, you get what you vote for. The problem is that nothing is going to change, the ANC will always be voted into power by people to blind and/or stupid to know any better, and that is how the ANC-PF likes it. VIVA AMAUSELESS VIVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cosmic_99 - 2010-11-29 11:37

    I wonder what Nelson thinks about all of this. What a shame for the old man. I think he really wanted fairness and equality for his people. I am sure he has locked himself up in his Houghton mansion out of shame and disgust. Do these liberators have no moral boundaries?

      Don - 2010-11-29 13:13

      And yes he should lock himself away in his secure mansion......I can't wait for the detectives and auditors from the UK release all the names of those involved in the " Armsgate" saga- apparantly there are some real big suprises- Nelson Mandela being one of them.....this is precisely why the investigation was scrapped- not such an angel after all.

  • Melanie - 2010-11-29 11:56

    Odd that Santam is still insuring those two. I have heard of people with better track records being "uninsurable".

  • Pearson - 2010-11-29 11:58

    Cant drive, can't read, cant write, drunk, stupid, corrupt. Perfectly qualified ANC member of parliament

      U1 - 2010-11-29 12:40

      Maybe the next prez????? He fits.

  • Grant Wright - 2010-11-29 12:30

    @ AjaxFiko its not meant to be funny it makes perfect sense to me. THINK

  • bernadine.venter - 2010-11-29 14:45

    Ridiculous, why is he out of jail in the first place. It seems that therte is just a complete lack of respect for the rule of law, from the drunk drivers (politician or not) right up to the fat cats. Plain and simple.

  • Mj - 2010-11-29 14:54

    There is a saying that behind each BEE deal there is a fat white man involved.

      Grant Wright - 2010-11-29 15:37

      Mmmmm. And there is a saying that all ANC/ANCYL top brass are behind all the white fat cats, yes its true they have the brains.Mmmmmmm.

      Colleen - 2011-12-18 13:49

      A greedy white man and a consumer.

  • franssmith100 - 2010-11-29 21:42

    WHY ARE WE SURPRIZED; In November 2007 he was arrested for drunk driving in Goodwood, Cape Town. The case could not proceed because the blood sample was unfit to be taken for chemical analysis. This was because former Goodwood station commander, Siphiwo Hewana, allegedly gave an unknown person access to the blood sample. Hewana was dismissed and put on trial for an attempt to defeat the ends of justice, incitement to commit perjury and interfering with the Yengeni investigation. Constable Charles Japhta alleged that Hewana told him he had instructions from Western Cape provincial police commissioner Mzwandile Petros to change statements on the docket relating to the time that Yengeni had been arrested. Hewana also said Yengeni's parole conditions had banned him from being out on the streets after 10pm, nor was he permitted to consume liquor, whereas Yengeni had been pulled off the road about midnight. On 30 Nov 2009 Hewana was found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice, but not guilty on conspiracy to commit perjury and interfering with police officials in the execution of their duties. AND HE VIOLATED PAROLE AGAIN (re: recent media reports where he was appointed a member of various closed corporations when he had a criminal record). Yengeni was arrested in October 2001 and released on bail of R10 000 during an investigation by then National Director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, into allegations of misuse of power against Yengeni and Jacob Zuma. An order for the arrest of Michael Woerfel of EADS, who had been suspended in July 1999 because of his involvement in the matter, was also issued. According to the Sunday Times, EADS admitted that the company "helped" approximately 30 South African officials to obtain luxury vehicles. Yengeni placed full-page advertisements in all Sunday papers (except the Sunday Times) proclaiming his innocence. This was estimated to have cost the chief whip R250,000. In 2004, Yengeni was convicted of defrauding parliament by accepting a discount on a luxury car during the tendering process for a controversial arms deal while he was the member of a parliamentary committee reporting on the same deal. The case against Michael Woerfel was withdrawn since Yengeni was found not guilty on the charges involving Woerfel. Yengeni entered Pollsmoor Prison near Cape Town on 24 August 2006, was immediately transferred to more modern Malmesbury prison, but was released on parole on 15 January 2007 — after completing a mere five months of the four-year sentence

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-11-30 07:09

    Can we start a register (e.g. on Twitter, Facebook etc.)of all the money stolen and by whom, since the ANC-SACP-COSATU alliance started "governing" the country? At some point in the future they WILL be made accountable to the hapless, destitute people of this country - never mind the taxpayers. I envision public hangings similar to those of Mussolini and his mistresses after WWII. That is, after the stolen money has been recovered from the thieves. How about it DA, Afriforum etc.?

      franssmith100 - 2010-11-30 10:27

      brilliant idea - can somebody set it up and ask readers to contribute..

      McFreak - 2010-11-30 12:00

      Ask Wikileaks!!!

  • GV - 2010-11-30 07:31

    Do they even have licences?

      Sythe - 2010-11-30 12:18

      I'm sure he bought it, very few people have valid licenses in this forsaken country. Bribery, corruption the order of the day!

  • FrankLee - 2010-11-30 10:51

    Mr Yengeni is "well connected", just like the sex pest who caused a woman untold suffering and eventually forced her to resign because no-one had the guts[I wanted to say something else] to get rid of the rat. So expect Mr Yengeni to continue with his lifestyle until he eliminates himself.

  • AlfredNeuman - 2010-11-30 12:22

    At least now we know what happens when you put a taxi driver in a sports car...

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-08-15 19:13

    Never fear, Luthuli house will protect ALL ANC criminals. And that is a fact!

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