By Aziz Hartley and Siyavuya Mzantsi Time of article publishedJun 29, 2020

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Cape City – A workforce of prime Western Cape police detectives has been assembled to probe a grievance of intimidation by Govt Chairperson of Sekunjalo Funding Holdings and Unbiased Media Dr Iqbal Survé.

This after he obtained a textual content message within the early hours of the morning final month.

The message alerted him that somebody had been despatched to tamper together with his car’s brakes. Hours later when he learn the message, Survé despatched his driver to go and verify the car, which was securely parked behind locked gates.

Unusually, the car was discovered unlocked. When the driving force seemed inside, he seen a thick white substance smeared on the driving force’s headrest.

The motive force (whose identify is being withheld) was suggested to take a bathe and to contact Survé instantly if he had any complications or issue respiratory. Within the weeks previous the incident, Survé stated he had obtained a number of calls and messages indicating that there might be makes an attempt on his life.

He stated he was then suggested to formally lodge a grievance with the police, which he did on the Desk Bay Harbour police station that afternoon. The motive force additionally gave a press release to police.

Provincial police had been approached by Unbiased Media and requested various questions, together with the character of the grievance, the fees being investigated and whether or not they’ve recognized any suspects.

Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa stated: “The matter cited in your enquiry is presently below investigation by provincial detectives. Sadly particulars thereof can’t be divulged out of respect for the method presently being embarked upon.”

Pressed for extra data, Potelwa stated that after session along with her colleagues, that was the one data police had been ready to launch.

Unbiased Media understands that the police nonetheless need to analyse the white substance and get a forensic report earlier than figuring out what expenses to pursue. It is usually understood that the police forensic labs are fairly busy right now.

Nationwide police spokesperson Vish Naidoo confirmed the complaints had been being probed on the provincial stage.

About whether or not the matter had been dropped at the eye of nationwide police, he stated “not formally”.

Weeks earlier than the incident, two unidentified males entered Survé’s house constructing at 2am below the guise of coming to disinfect the premises.

He had simply completed working when he noticed a light-weight by the door’s keyhole. Survé stated it was uncommon as a result of lights within the hall functioned with sensors. 

When he seemed by the keyhole, the lads – who weren’t carrying any private protecting gear – left and walked in direction of the elevate, by no means to be seen once more.

They had been earlier captured on surveillance cameras as they entered the constructing. Safety had no thought how they left the premises.

Two unidentified males entered Dr Iqbal Survé’s house constructing at 2am below the guise of coming to disinfect the premises.

He stated all the knowledge regarding the above was handed over to the police.

Quickly after buying Unbiased Media, Survé had a slender escape when an armed man approached his car exterior a neighborhood restaurant. The person had been in one among two vehicles following him. 

He stated he had simply received out of the car when the person approached him with a firearm in his hand. Survé managed to flee contained in the restaurant.

This matter was additionally reported to the authorities, he stated.

“In our younger democracy the place media freedom is essential, it’s actually unhappy and an enormous concern that one needs to be subjected to such intimidation. 

“It’s an invasion of 1’s privateness and is an try and cease one from supporting and uncovering the reality and a balanced narrative to the nation,” stated Survé.

The businessman has been the goal of a sustained marketing campaign to smear his identify, together with unfavorable and false articles by rival media teams.

“What’s at stake right here, all roads lead in direction of shutting Unbiased or shutting any various voice,” he stated.

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