Ngwenya became ‘agitated’ when his business associates refused to pay him‚ court told
Politically connected businessman Peter-Paul Ngwenya had waited "patiently" for his money and had become "agitated" when his business associates refused to pay him‚ the Randburg Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.
"He waited patiently for his money‚” Ngwenya's lawyer‚ Bevin Ndebele‚ said‚ adding that Ngwenya’s business associates’ “conduct to ignore the accused (Ngweya) and failure to pay him resulted in him being agitated”.
Ngwenya‚ who spent almost five years on Robben island‚ is on trial on a charge of crimen injuria for calling his long-term friend and former business associate Fani Titi a k****r in an sms.
In the same sms‚ Ngwenya tells Aqeel Patel‚ the managing director of MRC Media‚ that “you will bleed” and that Titi “will see his mother”‚ which Titi regarded as a threat to his life since Ngwenya knew his mother had died.
The conflict between Ngwenya and Titi‚ who had been friends for 20 years‚ stems from a multimillion-rand deal that went sour.
Ngwenya claims that Titi owes him close to R54-million.
It degenerated when Ngwenya called Free State-born Titi a “Qwaqwa k****r” and a “bantustan boss” in an sms intended for Patel.
Patel earlier told the court that Ngwenya had stormed into his business premises demanding that dividends due to Columbia‚ a company of which he was an ordinary shareholder‚ be paid into his personal account.
Patel said when he was told that Ngwenya was in an aggressive mood‚ he was left with no choice but to pay the money directly into his account even though it was to be paid into Columbia 's account.
Patel said he was also informed that Ngwenya had said he would kill him and Titi if he did not get his money. He had apparently referred to them as dogs.
Ndebele told the court that his client would deny that he had made such utterances.
"The accused will say that he did not say that he will kill these dogs if he did not get his money‚” Ndebele said.
The case continues.
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