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2013-06-14 12:47

TOP GEAR SHOW UNDER THREAT: SA fans of Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson (right), Richard Hammond (centre) and James May could miss out on seeing their favourite motoring stars in Durban. Image: Quickpic

Durban metro police have apparently threatened to disrupt this weekend’s Top Gear motoring show as part of a campaign to kick their boss, Eugene Nzama, off the force.

The festival has in previous years been a huge tourism draw; 20 000 people were reported to have visited the city for the show in 2012.

Durban Tourism head Phillip Sithole has, however, downplayed the threats, and said contingency plans were in place.

NO TRAFFIC CONTROL

Business Day reported the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) marched a week earlier to demand Nzama’s sacking for nepotism. The city was given 48 hours to accede.

Now the Top Gear show appears to be in peril with the union threatening a go-slow and the abandonment of traffic control near the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the core of the auto show.
 
Nzama’s lawyer has previously dismissed the Samwu claims as "baseless" and threatened to sue.

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