Reporter’s car brakes tampered with

2011-01-22 16:30

City Press Mpumalanga bureau chief Sizwe sama Yende has ­registered a complaint with Mpumalanga police after the brake ­cable of a company car he uses was cut.

Yende first noticed that the brakes were failing on December 6 while driving the vehicle. He sent the car to Imperial Toyota in ­Nelspruit for repairs on Tuesday last week.

Toyota’s technical department looked at a photo of the brake pipe.

Spokesperson Leo Kok said: “Based on the photo it’s clear that this pipe was cut with something. If it was due to external factors then more damage would have been visible on the rest of the pipe.

If we can get the pipe we can get it analysed by our laboratory for clarity.”

Kok said to cut the brake pipe one would need a tool like a hacksaw or a side cutter.

A police officer investigating one of the two cases Yende has already opened with Mpumalanga police advised him to register the incident in the police’s information book so that when evidence later emerged a docket could be opened.

This is the third incident that Yende has reported to police since August last year.

» On August 6 Yende was accosted by a lone gunman at midnight after arriving at his Nelspruit home. He escaped unscathed and was put under 24-hour ­protection.

» On December 10 Yende laid a corruption charge against Mabuza’s spokesperson, Mabutho ­Sithole, after he gave him R5?000 in an attempt to convince him to drop a story about a R230 million tender awarded to Mabuza’s former business partner and friend, Patrick Chirwa, under questionable circumstances.

The premier was agriculture MEC two years ago.

Sithole was formally charged last week and appeared in court to face a corruption charge.

He is out on R6 000 bail. The case was postponed to February 11 for further investigation and has been transferred to the regional court.

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