‘No money for mall from govt’ — Singh

2014-10-24 00:00

DURBAN tycoon Jay Singh has denied receiving any funds from government towards the construction of the collapsed Tongaat Mall.

Singh was responding to a statement made by Human Settlements Department Minister Lindiwe‎Sisulu that the mall was partly funded by her department.

Singh is now demanding that Sisulu apologise for her comments about the mall.

Two people died and 29 were injured when part of the mall, which was being constructed allegedly without plans, collapsed last November.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Pastor Mervin Reddy, Singh said, “I can categorically state that the Tongaat Mall was never partly funded by the department of Human Settlements as stated by Minister Lindiwe‎Sisulu in an interview with the media recently.”

Reddy said Rectangle Property and Gralio, the mall developer, stand by statements they made after the collapse that “it’s a private development funded and financed by themselves”.

“The minister needs to correct her statement and also clarify that her department in no way funded or partly funded the mall at any time.”

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