Popular actor Siyabonga Shibe in hot soup with police for 'stealing' singer Sfiso's car


A case of using a vehicle without the owner’s consent has been opened against popular actor Siyabonga Shibe for refusing to return the keys to his friend’s car.

Businessman and musician Bhar, whose real name is Sfiso Mshengu, made the complaint at Durban central police station on Monday night after the actor refused to return his keys.

Provincial police spokesperson Const Thenjiswa Ngcobo confirmed that the case was opened and it was still being investigated.

According to Bhar, the problem started when he lent Shibe his seven-seater Toyota Rumion to use more than three weeks ago. The singer said the arrangement was that Shibe was going to use the car for a week and bring it back. He said after a week, Shibe refused to return the car until he asked his tracking company to tow the car back to him.

When the car was returned it had clocked 10,000km, had missed a scheduled service and had dents and scratches on the back bumper.

“After a week, Siyabonga started being arrogant to me. I gave him this car out of trust. Whenever I asked him to return my car, he would arrogantly tell me that he will pay me. To me it was not about money because I know Siyabonga and we come from the same area.

“I gave him my car because he wanted my help.”

The singer, who bought two cars to make a living, said he had planned to use the car at the Durban July.

“I wanted my car so bad last week because everyone was at the [Durban July] and people needed hired cars. I had to get the car back using a tracking company because I needed it for business. I started this business because I was hit hard by Covid-19.”

When Shibe was approached for comment, he said he was surprised that Bhar made the complaint against him. “I was not aware that there is an existing case opened against me. I told him I will give back his car keys. I can’t believe that he opened a case already.

“I said I will give him his money. When I borrowed the car we did not have a deadline. I was supposed to have the car the whole month. Even the payment did not have an expiry date.”

Bhar insisted that it was never about money, it was about keeping promises and returning the car in its best condition.

Asked about the dents and scratches on the car, Shibe said: “I am not the one who caused those dents and Bhar knows that. As a result I gave him the contacts of the person who caused the dents.”

– Sowetan

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