Khanyi’s new ‘patron’ – is this him?

2009-09-19 14:06

LIMPOPO millionaire David “Mabix” Mabilu denies he is the new man in socialite Khanyi Mbau’s life.

But the property and infrastructure developer’s business associates in the province insist he has been seeing the bling queen for the past four months.

Mbau made a surprise appearance at Mabilu’s high-profile 40th birthday party at his mansion in Polokwane on July 25.

Mabilu said this week she had gatecrashed the party, but Mbau and her business manager, Malcolm X, insisted he had invited her as a “celebrity guest”.

Socialites who attended the party said a deputy minister and a senior ANC Youth League (ANCYL) official were also present.

Mabilu (40) enjoys close ties with the ANC and is one of the party’s major funders in the province.

Mabilu, who is married, owns Vharanani Properties, one of the most successful housing and infrastructure firms in the country. It has built most of the RDP houses in Limpopo over the past decade, according to official records. The company also owns the exclusive Faranani Estate in Polokwane.

Mabilu’s associates believe he might have bought Mbau the R4-million Lamborghini she has been driving since last month.

They said he had also splashed out R3.5?million for Mbau’s Morningside house, north of Johannesburg, which she has been occupying for the past four months. Mbau reportedly moved into the house immediately after separating from her former husband, Mandla Mthembu.

Mbau has reportedly also been frequenting Polokwane since May. Mabilu has denied dating Mbau or buying her the luxury car and house. He maintains that Mbau, “who was not on my guest list”, rocked up at his party with “somebody I do not know”.

“Even if I was dating her, why would I be so stupid as to bring her to the party, where my wife and children were?

“When I heard about an unknown businessman having bought Khanyi a car, I checked with Malcolm, whom I have known for a long time, and he said the Lamborghini did not even exist.”

However, the very next day Mabilu made an about-turn, saying he had since established that the Lamborghini existed, but he had not bought it.

Mabilu said: “Khanyi is in the construction industry with people from Eastern Cape. They bought her the car but did not want her to disclose it.”

Asked about talk that Mbau was building low-cost houses, Malcolm X gave a conflicting version to the one given by Mabilu, claiming she was “building RDP houses in Free State”.

Malcolm X also reluctantly confirmed that Mbau had a new Lamborghini, but denied that it had been bought by Mabilu.

“Her boyfriend from Durban bought it,” he said.

“Yes, she is also a sub-contractor in the construction industry but I am not sure if it is in the boyfriend’s company or not,” said Malcolm X. “Yes, the same boyfriend bought her a R3.5-million house in Morningside.”

A City Press company search found no company registered in Mbau’s name. The Khanyisile Mbau we found was born in 1958.

An angry Mbau insisted that Mabilu had invited her to his party, but she denied she was romantically involved with him.

“I do not know that man or his wife. Le se ke la mfa batho (do not give me a man) please,” she said.

She added: “My man is not from Limpopo. I do not even know where Limpopo is because I went there once, for that party.”

But a source who said he regularly bumped into Mbau at functions Mabilu hosted insisted she had visited the millionaire up to three times a month since May.

“Mabilu asked for it. He bragged about the relationship and was happy for people to know about it,” said the source.

A top ANCYL official in Limpopo, who said he was acting for Mabilu, pleaded with City Press not to publish the story.

“He is a responsible family man and a respectable businessman. He also sits on the board of Limdev (Limpopo Economic Development agency). His reputation is at stake,” he pleaded.

For the record

» On September 20 2009, City Press published a report titled “Khanyi’s brand-new sugar daddy”.

The report stated that Limpopo businessman ­David ­Mabilu had a “close friendship” with socialite Khanyi Mbau and that he may have bought Mbau expensive gifts, including a R4 million Lamborghini and a mansion in Morningside.

The report went on to state that Mabilu “bragged” about his relationship with Mbau and that Mabilu’s wife threatened to leave him over the “gossip saga”.

City Press unconditionally retracts this report as well as any suggestion Mabilu was involved in an improper relationship with Mbau. We apologise to Mr Mabilu and his family for any embarrassment caused.

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