Nkandla contractor liquidated owing R175?000

2012-11-30 00:00

THE main contractor upgrading President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence is being liquidated for owing R175 000 — despite earning a fortune from government contracts.

Bonelena Construction, Enterprise and Projects secured two major deals worth R100 million in connection with the R240 million presidential security upgrade alone.

It is now being liquidated for failing to pay for the vans and trucks it rented from the Durban branch of Reebib Rentals. Reebib is part of the Avis Group.

The liquidator is Pietermaritzburg-based Berrange Incorporated.

Bonelena is owned by Pietermaritzburg resident Thandeka Nene.

The Witness has also learnt that the Independent Development Corporation (IDC), Bonelena’s largest funder, is also seeking its slice in the liquidation order as they no longer see the company as a profitable entity. Attempts to further question the IDC on this point proved unsuccessful.

A search revealed that Nene has secured contracts from the KZN Department of Education, Department of Transport and Department of Public Works from 2007 to build schools, roads and new facilities at hospitals.

Yesterday, The Witness revealed that a man claiming to be a relative of the president, Vincent Zuma, was also seeking money owed to him by Bonelena.

Zuma said he was awarded a R16 million sub-contract by Bonelena in June 2011 to complete the roads within the Nkandla security complex.

He claimed he only ever received R138 000 and never received his site establishment fee of R2 million, forcing him to leave the site in less than six months due to rising debt.

Zuma said yesterday he first met Nene in Inanda, Durban, where he did work for her at a primary school two years ago.

“Even on this contract I battled to get my money out of her.

“They only ever paid me in small amounts over a period of months,” said Zuma.

The Witness can confirm that in June a company called Incledon DPI, a subsidiary of DPI Plastics, which is a supplier of PVC piping, was awarded a sale in execution by the Pietermaritzburg high court against Bonelena.

Items that were to be auctioned included office furniture, computers, copy machines, and kitchen appliances. It is unclear if the auction took place however according to the firm representing Incledon, GDLK Attorneys, the file has been closed.

Nene has claimed through the press in recent weeks that her company’s financial problems stem from the fact that the department has yet to pay them.

Questions sent to Bonelena for Nene’s attention via email and sms yesterday asking for further clarity on just how much they had been paid for their work on Prestige Project A, clarification on whether the company is being liquidating, if they would seek legal action against DPW and whether they had completed their work at the Nkandla security complex were not responded too.

To seek clarity on liquidation consulting independent attorney, Yolanda Gielink said if a company cannot pay its debt, it may be liquidated of its own accord or by way of application by the creditors.

The process of an application for liquidation of a company appears to expedite the process of debt recovery,” said Getlink.

She said it is not uncommon for business person to keep their personal assets separate from the juristic entities their businesses operate under.

“This practice however does not however safeguard the personal assets 100%, as acquisition and dispossession of assets, if investigated, may still be attached if found to have been made in anticipation of liquidation,” said Getlink.

Public Works said it would not comment on whether Bonelena had been paid for work completed because the presidential compound was protected as a “National Key Point”.

Siboniso Soni, who identified himself as Nene’s spokesperson, failed to respond to several requests for comment.

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