Hundreds show support for Mpisane

2011-07-11 12:58

Durban - Hundreds of people gathered outside the Durban Magistrate's Court on Monday to support controversial Durban tycoon Shawn Mpisane as she appeared on tax evasion and fraud charges.

About 600 people from Umlazi and employees of the Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport company turned up to back Mpisane, the wife of former metro policeman Sbu Mpisane.

Thandinkosi Sosibo, a community member from Umlazi organised buses to transport members of the community to court because he believed Mpisane was innocent.

"When I look at the situation I realise that Shawn is being accused of a crime she did not commit. We do not know her as a criminal," he said.

He described Mpisane as a good person who helped in the community by supporting schools and families that were struggling financially

"We believe she is being targeted because she is black."

Sosibo reiterated that they knew where Mpisane came from and what she had done to achieve her success.

"If the charges against Mpisane are not dropped we will have to find plan B to resolve this but we will not use violence."

Mpisane handed herself over to the police in June after the SA Revenue Services and Hawks raided her posh Durban home.

She came under scrutiny when it emerged that her husband was spotted driving expensive cars. He was still a police officer when the story broke.

It was widely reported that the couple was super-rich with a fleet of luxury cars including a Rolls Royce Phantom and Lamborghinis.

They also owned a R15m mansion.

In 2009, it was reported that the couple received R219m from the eThekwini Municipality to build low-income houses on 4 500 sites in Umlazi.

However, the National Home Builders' Registration Council found defects in more than 1 000 of 3 000 houses built by Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, owned by the Mpisanes.

Of the defects, 30% were serious and required major renovations.

The Mpisanes were known for their lavish parties, which are attended by politicians and celebrities.

  • p123 - 2011-07-11 13:11

    Because she is black - how pathetic is that!!!

      PAR - 2011-07-11 13:29

      Even more pathetic is that she is innocent because she made donations etc. YES with money stolen from those very same people.

      Aish - 2011-07-11 14:17

      You wrong Par, the money stolen from tax payers, and given out to the needy. All these people see is free houses (not a bad thing) would be different if the money came out their own pockets.

      ratex - 2011-07-11 14:30

      Same old tired worn out excuse, "beacuse i am black". Yada yada yada. No its because you are stupid. You got caught with your c8nt scratchers in the proverbial cookie jar and now you must face the music. Man all you lot do is resort to a colour defence. It is dated and we are all getting tired of your same old crap. Whats this other cr8p you do all the time? Bus supporters in WTF? Do you all have a professional "we do nothing with our miserable lives" training school? Lets just bus in dumb supporters. So in your view the fact that 1000 / 4500 sites are broken, hey this is not an issue. Its like saying, well chances are you will only be paid a full salary but only 70% of the time, but hey thats ok.

      Travie - 2011-07-11 14:46

      I have seen there house I stay in Durban myself it is insane. They just recently bought the house next door to full them up with there cars. They have about 4 Security gaurds at every gate(about 4or5) with Ak47's!!! They recelty also said I white man will never be able to afford that house well now they are forced to sell. Lets see who buys it hmmmm

      amdisgusted - 2011-07-11 14:46

      @Thandinkosi Sosibo and ALL who have 'limited' minds like his, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET AN EDUCATION!!!!! Is SARS now really going to go through her details and say 'Ah, here's a black, let's nail them'? Then again, most tenderpreneurs are 'black' and we all know of course that most of them just CANNOT run a business, that's why government departments were privatised!!! With role models like 'shushimal malema' what can one expect - he comes back from his visit to Zuma's friend Qadafi and starts dissing the USA, what a parrot!!!

      McDaNife - 2011-07-11 15:03

      WTF because she is black, black calling a kettle black here. Sosibo you are living where in one of the defect houses built by Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, owned by the Mpisanes. They are living in luxury from the funds for the development of houses, not inferior houses like yours. When will your race wake up and see the wrongs of the people you have entrusted to take SA forward. I cant believe why you all still protect the people that steals from you.

  • TE-A - 2011-07-11 13:21

    the tax man will get you, u can run bt you cannot hide - lol

  • GT - 2011-07-11 13:31

    If that isnt the definition of "RENT A CROWD" then nothing is. Funny that non of the chubby politicians who scoffed caviar and french champagne could make it to the court. Slimy bastards, the lot of them. Clearly all on the take when the going is good.

      Tinkie - 2011-07-11 13:40

      Yeah, not even a barrel of KFC!! Where was Mal-enima this time?

      Ke maketse - 2011-07-11 16:22

      When days are dark GT. And there is no caviar provided in court

  • ZACKIE - 2011-07-11 13:34

    these idiots that toy toy over service delivery issues like lack of housing supporting the samee crooks that steal millions meant for these sevices

  • Plonker69 - 2011-07-11 13:36

    defects in more than 1 000 of 3 000 houses built by Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, owned by the Mpisanes. Steal from the poor to enrich yourself. What a joke, I'm innocent

  • Palesa Masoeu - 2011-07-11 13:47

    Just because someone helps the community every now and then, that doesn't mean thay are not crooks

      GT - 2011-07-11 14:57

      Exactly - Al Capone was loved, as were the Staggie bros and almost every big time crook. Agliotti, Kebble... all thieving scum who gave to charity

      GT - 2011-07-11 14:57

      at least Kebble had the decency to kill himself.

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-11 13:47

    A "jury" of 600 have declared her innocent. Can't argue with that. The magistrate will have his house burnt down, the docket will go missing and they will all go home for a p*ss-up. Court case over.

      Roundana - 2011-07-11 14:07

      and some of them sleep with empty stomachs, so instead of them going to work and earn good living, they go and support a criminal, as if they are gonna get rich? Amazes me how the masses think.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-11 14:39

      fire whoever did not pitch for work, if they are already on strike give them end of contract notice when they eventually get back from their holiday

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-11 13:56

    Ignorance is bloody powerful....What a shame...

  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-07-11 13:57

    Dont worry the rest of us is at work as always !

  • 50something - 2011-07-11 14:04

    That's right, support the criminals - the African way

  • merc - 2011-07-11 14:09

    1. honestly...Some of us darkies are dumb."She doesn't look like a criminal to us"..really? 2. I did calculations "R219m from the eThekwini Municipality to build low-income houses on 4 500 sites in Umlazi". That is R48 666.66 per house. that thing costs R48 000 to bulid. Stop Tenders now this wrong on so many levels.

  • 1boer1taxi - 2011-07-11 14:09

    She has a man's name too..... I look out onto her house every morning. She has elephant tusks lining the upstairs passage. Disgusting that those poor creatures died for her blood money. Keep ripping your people off.... it sure as hell isnt our people.

  • Thembisile - 2011-07-11 14:26

    "We believe she is being targeted because she is black." Now this is embarassing!!!!

      Uthando - 2011-07-11 14:52

      Embarassing, is an understatement. smh

      Ke maketse - 2011-07-11 16:25

      Rent a crowd Thembi. Rent a crowd. U can then get them to say anything.

      Colin - 2011-07-12 09:46

      It is unfortunate that someone said that, because people in their ignorance assume that that is how all black people see this. In fact its quite the contrary. It is like saying that the AWB are indicative of all white peoples mentality. Let us ALL build a better country and route out corruption!!!

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-07-11 14:36

    vvvviiiiivvvva anc, where crime is only crime when committed by the minority viva

  • Nawe - 2011-07-11 14:39

    S.A media is very effective in prosecuting black people B4 the court pronounces its verdict.

      Uthando - 2011-07-11 14:50

      Nawe - Stop taking drugs!!

      GT - 2011-07-11 15:03

      Nawe - if it looks like a fish, smells like a fish and swims like a fish.... guess what?

      Roundana - 2011-07-11 15:44

      Nawe how stupid are you really?

      DeonL - 2011-07-11 15:54

      The media is commenting on a court case. Lying to SARS about your income is also a criminal offense.

  • patrickb - 2011-07-11 14:46

    Yay....... Mpisanes for president! Stealing and cheating, The African way. Yay.... What a f*ck up this country has become.

  • Dave - 2011-07-11 15:07

    1000 of the 3000 houses has defects. How complicated is it to build a RDP house. The problem is they use very little cement and use inferior material. That's how they become super rich and that's how houses and bridges collapse.

  • Buck - 2011-07-11 16:02

    Maybe SARS are curious as to how she could charter a jet to Dubai for R1,5m to go shopping. Easy when it's someone elses money.

  • Ho - 2011-07-11 18:58

    I'm being targetted because I am Black...I'm discriminated against because I am Black....yawn...that's why they will never progress...because they are Black....

  • Jou - 2011-07-17 07:57

    SHEEPLE showing what they really are SHEEP! baaaa baaaa

  • Winifred - 2012-06-12 10:59

    What did I say, she is politically connected and just because she chooses to help some of the people with OUR MONEY and not HERS this makes her a GOOD PERSON, Under ANC RULE the justice system is corrupt as those in government so dont expect anything to be done in this case. The money owed to SARS could be used by the ANC to help their own people, whats wrong with south african people that they support crime, I am going to open a company called RENT A CROWD they can sing and toy toy outside every court house or can rent them out to help the masses. Sure to get big business.

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