He said he believed David knew towards the end of last year that something was coming. “He has been asking people to get him a passport, but no one wants to help. We knew he was desperate to leave SA.
“Suddenly between August 2021 and January 2022 David sold his BMW M5, Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz C63 and VW Golf R, which was matched to the colour of his Hublot watch which was rose gold.
“He sold his Range Rover Sport for R1.6m, his Golf for R650,000, his BMW M5, which was sprayed with colour-changing paint, Mercedes-Benz C63 for about R1.5m. He eventually sold his Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon for R2.5m which he bought from selling his other cars.
“Recently he wanted to sell his Porsche, which is worth about R7m, but with everything that has happened around him, his friends have pulled out of the deal.”
The friend said while many of the cars were in the names of his co-accused, the money from the sales always went to him.
TimesLIVE is in possession of the vehicle registration papers for David’s vehicles, which shows at least one is registered in the name of Urbanus Shaumbwako, one of the men accused of breaking into Ramaphosa’s farm.
“In December he gave our friend $20,000 in clean crisp bills, still wrapped. He claimed it was from a diamond deal he did in November. He wanted the money to go towards buying a car. Our friend could not exchange it so David had someone come and buy them.”