Khanyi’s ­ ex-lover sued

2010-09-12 11:03

Theunis Crous, ANC benefactor and multi-millionaire ex-boyfriend of socialite Khanyi Mbau, is at the centre of a R3?million ­liquidation lawsuit.

Coastal Reinforcing?– which supplied building material to Crous’s Ho-Hup ­Corporations?– has filed for the liquidation of the Eastern Cape construction company, citing Ho-Hup’s failure to make payments as its reason for doing so.

Coastal Reinforcing’s lawyer Quiryn Spruyt confirmed that the matter would be heard at the Port Elizabeth High Court on Tuesday.

Another of Spruyt’s clients, Vuka-Uzenzele Plant Hire and Civils, also filed court papers in which it demanded almost R2?million from Ho-Hup for unpaid invoices.

Ho-Hup was building RDP houses and a Thusong Service Centre in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage. Vuka-Uzenzele was sub-contracted to install sewer lines, water reticulation and roads.

In court papers, Vuka-Uzenzele said ­Ho-Hup failed to pay R2 million for invoices it submitted, forcing the company to stop working on site early last month.

On August 25, the Port Elizabeth High Court ordered Ho-Hup to give Vuka-Uzenzele access to the construction site.

On Friday, Crous said Ho-Hup “no longer owed” Coastal Reinforcing R800 000 for delivering steel for a Mthatha construction project.

He insisted that Vuka-Uzenzele owed him R1.2 million and that he was appealing the ruling, which he described as an “incorrect judgment”.

Crous, Ho-Hup’s managing director, founded the company in 1989.

The company’s website boasts that it currently has an order book of government contracts worth R600 million.

His wife, Primrose, is listed as an “equity shareholder” who interacts with women to make sure they are involved in Ho-Hup’s projects.

Crous said Ho-Hup has just won a ­R250?million contract to build offices for a ­Botswana mine.

Mbau and Crous were involved in an on-off relationship after the so-called Queen of Bling broke up with her former millionaire sugar-daddy, former husband Mandla Mthembu. 

Earlier this year, Crous reportedly said he bought Mbau a Lamborghini and a BMW Z4, but Mbau denied this, saying she bought the cars herself.

In June 2008, Crous successfully sued the Kouga municipality for R8 000 for a defamatory letter to Jeffreys Bay newspaper Our Times, written by the municipality’s then spokesperson Phumzile Oliphant.

He had initially claimed R500 000 because Oliphant called him “a direct beneficiary of apartheid” and said he had “jumped on the success of those who tirelessly fought for freedom and democracy”.

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