Lucky escape for journo as Montana allegedly throws brick

Pretoria – Axed Prasa CEO Lucky Montana allegedly threw a brick at a journalist in Pretoria on Thursday night.

It left a dent in Rapport journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s work car as he sped off, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision, he said.

"He flung the brick with what seemed to me the intention of getting it through the open passenger window, but because the car was already moving away, it hit the back left door."

Montana could not immediately be reached to get his side of the story.

Myburgh had been working on an investigation involving Montana’s Pretoria properties and was waiting outside a residence in Main Street earlier on Thursday, when Montana and another man arrived.

"He made a gesture with his fingers indicating 'I see you'. I took it as a bit of a threatening gesture."

Montana entered the property. Myburgh said he had been waiting next to his work car in the street outside, and at no point set foot on the premises.

Myburgh got into his car, made a U-turn and stopped in front of the entrance to the property with his engine running and hazard lights on. He did not want to leave without stating his reason for being there, and asked one of the people outside if he could speak to Montana.

"They called him and I waited. It took a while. About a moment or two later Mr Montana came out with a brick in his hand. My passenger window was open. I asked him 'can’t we talk?', but I was already moving."

Montana allegedly threw the brick, hitting the car.

"In my wild attempt to get out of there I almost collided with another vehicle in Main Street."

Myburgh said he opened a case at the Brooklyn police station. He was unhurt, but shocked.

"I’m appalled by the behaviour of an individual who, until recently, was leading an important state-owned company. It’s absolutely staggering."

At a press briefing in Johannesburg on July 17, a day after his dismissal, Montana had referred to Myburgh as "my friend".

Myburgh has reported extensively on Prasa's multi-million rand tenders to import new locomotives, which are apparently unsuitable for local railway lines, as they are too high and could damage overhead cables.

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