Discrepancies in Dorfling accident

2010-10-28 00:00

MYSTERY surrounds the exact details of an accident involving a municipal vehicle, intervention team member Ben Dorfling and his bodyguard Bryan Mjweni.

Investigations by The Witness indicate that there are aspects of the accident claim form that appear to have been falsified.

According to the form filled out by Mjweni, the accident took place on October 7, at 8 am, on the way to the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers (IMFO) conference.

However, the conference took place from October 4 to 6.

The agenda verifies this as does a call to the IMFO president’s office.

Another discrepancy was picked up in the contact number listed for the driver of the VW Jetta involved in the crash.

When the quoted number was phoned, the person on the other line said the number cited on the claim form was theirs but they know nothing about the accident and the name on the claim form was not theirs.

The third discrepancy is the case number and police station where the accident was allegedly reported.

Captain Thulani Zwane said according to Durban Central police station’s records, the case number quoted in the municipality’s claim form is associated with a gun incident and not an accident report.

Dorfling confirmed that he was a passenger during the accident and Mjweni was “very shaken” afterwards.

Mjweni said he stands by his statement, but is unable to disclose travel details.

Msunduzi’s acting manager for marketing and communications Brian Zuma said the claim will be processed and if certain aspects are not clear, they will liaise with the claimant.

Asked who will pay for the damaged vehicle as aspects seemed to be incorrect, Zuma said they will have to wait for the process to be finalised.

“We can’t assume things here,” he said.

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