Journalist denies trespassing in Montana bricking throwing

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 7, 2015

Rapport journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh has indicated he was not trespassing on private property after having a brick thrown at him by axed Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO, Lucky Montana.

Myburgh, who initially broke the story of the height controversy surrounding the rail service provider’s R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives last month, was conducting an investigation about one of Montana’s properties in Pretoria last night, when the former boss unexpectedly came out of the building with a brick in his hand.

“Mr Montana held the brick up at me but luckily I anticipated it. His attempt was very clear. It happened very quickly and fortunately I had gained some forward momentum with the vehicle and it hit the back left door,” Myburgh was quoted by Eyewitness News as saying.

He has since opened a case criminal case against Montana with the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) describing the attack as shocking.

“SANEF fully supports the pursuit of criminal charges against Montana and encourages Myburgh and his employer to also consider instituting a civil claim against him for this thuggish behaviour,” it said in a statement.

No comment from Montana has yet been made.

 

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