A SENIOR official in Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Ben Fihla’s office is ensnared in a scandal involving a prostitute, a missing cellphone and gunfire.
Mayoral rapid response team coordinator Zonile Ndoni was arrested on Sunday night after he allegedly fired shots in Commercial Road, Sidwell, during an argument with a hooker over his missing cellphone.
Although Ndoni denies the claims and says he was never arrested, the sex worker has confirmed it.
“I know nothing about a case. I was never arrested on Sunday night. In fact, I would open a case because this is defamation,” Ndoni said yesterday.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said Ndoni allegedly picked up the prostitute in Commercial Road at about 10pm on Sunday and drove to Bennett Street “where they did their business”.
She had then walked back to her usual spot. At that point, Ndoni realised his phone was missing.
“He drove back to where she was standing and asked where his cellphone was and she denied taking it. He then fired shots,” Labans said.
Mayoral chief of staff Bheza Ntshona said Ndoni had told him that he appeared in court on Monday for discharging a firearm.
Ntshona said he had also been told by staff that Ndoni claimed to have given a lift to a woman and a child on Sunday night while driving back to the office.
After dropping off the pair at a block of flats he saw that his phone was missing. He went back to the flats but could not find her.
“He told me he went with the police to find the woman and that a security guard even confirmed to the police that he had dropped off the woman and little girl. They couldn’t find her,” Ntshona said.
“He said he had gone back on his own later and saw her walking with a man. He stopped and asked her where his phone was and she started to run.
“He shot in the air to stop them, but that drew the attention of the security,” Ntshona said.
Asked if he had been told that Ndoni was, in fact, with a prostitute, Ntshona said he had not heard about that. Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said a case of attempted murder was opened at the Algoa Park police station.
She said Ndoni would have appeared at the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court yesterday. – Rochelle de Kock
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