Singh accused of giving one of his biggest detractors a stiff ‘klap’

2014-05-23 00:00

DURBAN housing tenderpreneur Jay Singh has been accused of slapping the face of one of his biggest detractors so hard that it left him dizzy.

Housing activist Mervyn Govender claimed besides the alleged “klap” from Singh, Singh’s business manager Pravash Inderjeeth had kicked him after they accused him of snapping “covert photos” at the Pietermaritzburg high court with his cellphone, yesterday.

Neither Singh nor Inderjeeth would comment on the claim. Witnesses confirmed the scuffle. Shortly after the skirmish Singh and Inderjeeth, were accompanied by two personal bodyguards back to court.

“I was sitting on a bench typing on my phone near the court’s coffee shop. Jay approached and demanded I stop taking photos of him. He then said, ‘Boss, you don’t know me’. I stood up and confronted him,” said Govender, claiming the assault had then occurred. Govender, who is the spokesperson for the Phoenix Tenants Association (PTA), said he challenged Singh “to show” him outside.

Singh said at the court, “Nothing happened. I do not want to talk about it. What has been printed in the press [about me] is incorrect. I will not comment.”

A charge of common assault has been lodged with the Pietermaritzburg SAPS.

Singh and Inderjeeth — who manages Woodglaze Trading, a company owned by Singh, but listed in the name of his wife Shireen Annamalay — were at the court appealing against the National Prosecuting Authority’s attachment order of 1 248 flats owned by Singh.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit seized four large property developments in Phoenix consisting of 1 244 flats in April. The properties were built and managed by Woodglaze.

Woodglaze is accused of fraudulently accessing R236 million worth of grants from the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) by setting up a social housing company called Moko Rental Housing Project to funnel state funds to buy the flats from Woodglaze.

The sole director of Moko was also Annamalay. The SHRA is also being investigated for allowing the transaction to take place in the first place.

Judgment on the appeal is expected today.

Singh has also been accused of building a mall in Tongaat which collapsed and killed two people last year. The collapse is currently being probed by a commission of inquiry.

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