I am not Zuma's friend, says Shabangu

2011-06-17 13:03

Pretoria - Property tycoon Roux Shabangu on Friday denied that he was a friend of President Jacob Zuma and that it was the department of public works who approached him in connection with a controversial building lease.

Speaking at a press conference in Irene in Pretoria, Shabangu said a lawyer who had sent the Sunday Times a letter claiming he was a friend of Zuma's had had her services terminated.

Referring to the R500m lease of the Middestad building in Pretoria to the police, Shabangu said he had been approached by public works officials. He did not say who specifically in the department had approached him.I am not Zuma’s friend, says Shabangu

"They came to us, but referred by the previous owners. That's how the deal landed in our hands."

The deal was sharply criticised by the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela earlier this year.

She found National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele guilty of maladministration and criticised Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde for going ahead with the deal despite receiving legal advice to the contrary.

Shabangu said there was a perception about businessmen that "if he's black, he must be connected to government officials".

As far as Shabangu was concerned, the Middestad deal was valid and that he was not responsible for the department of public works not following processes.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-06-17 13:16

    Roux Shabangu, if you are clean, cancel the tender with no obligations.

      REVO - 2011-06-17 13:27

      Guys, if there's anything you do today, it must be to see this video: Jump to +/- 3 min, he talks about South Africa WOW!!! and this is coming from a black guy! Hmmmm.....

      Jacques - 2011-06-17 13:29

      not even jik will get him clean

      Rinus Eckard - 2011-06-17 13:42

      As much as I want to agree with you - I don't. Let's look at this from a busniess perspective - it's a bloody good deal!. Why would he? And even if the owner was not a black person, for a business with a valid, lucrative contract even I would fight to keep it. He is definitely not responsible for the processes on govmnt's side. If, however, he was guilty of (and then with it - he lied that he's not friends with Zuma) in order to get the contract/high price of the contract, he MUST go to jail since it is criminal to bribe. And then the contract is null and void. So - if he is clean - then he is entitled to keep the contract. Proving him being clean is the problem.

      Rinus Eckard - 2011-06-17 13:44

      That was supposed to be: "he was guilty of bribes (...".

      Honeybabe - 2011-06-17 13:50

      Lets see if you would do the same?

      Vela Stardust - 2011-06-17 14:19

      What exactly does "deal landed in our hands" mean? If the tender process was flawed the deal should be cancelled-with no obligations. From what I have read about this issue, everything was flawed.

      Skerminkel - 2011-06-17 15:30

      Nope @Vela Stardust, as Rinus Eckard says, if the process was flawed from the dept's side it is not the supplier's fault. If they cancel it then, he has the right to claim damages. If Shabangu is guilty of shenanigans, I would rather my tax money support his jail accommodation than his (no doubt) luxury Sandton or Waterkloof house.

      Benny66 - 2011-06-20 08:59

      @Rinus. Suggest you read the report published in the Sunday Times - THEN submit you comments again.

  • Sydney - 2011-06-17 13:17

    "They came to us, but referred by the previous owners. That's how the deal landed in our hands." Sounds like the perfect tender process!!!

  • willieman - 2011-06-17 13:18

    In public youare not friends but in dark corners!!!! it is cosy boet

  • Jacques - 2011-06-17 13:18

    Yes we believe you - And you are White......

  • Dave - 2011-06-17 13:26

    Shame, poor Zuma seems to be running out of friends these days

      Benny66 - 2011-06-20 09:02

      He's losing friends faster than he is gaining them! Soon everyone who has become rich overnight, without any plausable reason for their sudden luck, will be queuing up to deny their friendship with him.

  • Grayman - 2011-06-17 13:32

    What about the lawyer who has had her services terminated? I wonder if proper labour practice was followed? If the shenanigans regarding the lease are anything to go by, I doubt it.

  • ray.antigay - 2011-06-17 13:33

    I am not Zuma's friend either,Judas Shabangu

      Kevin - 2011-06-17 14:01

      No one is Zums's friend.

      Skerminkel - 2011-06-17 15:31

      Zuma only has Shaiky friends

      Skerminkel - 2011-06-17 15:31

      ... mind you, Shabangu does sound shaky!

  • sidima macanda - 2011-06-17 13:35

    was there no a tender process followed? what is this guy telling up? who did not follow process here? they're all friends..! at least be honest dude

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  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-06-17 13:39

    I am not he's friend either ,

  • betesda - 2011-06-17 13:42

    Thousands will believe you but millions won't

  • DeonL - 2011-06-17 13:59

    Only friends for mutual benefits contact each other. Maybe someone is getting kick backs?

  • Lawence - 2011-06-17 14:05

    They came to you to rent a builing from you that you did not own? Exlain please?

  • Anup Jalota (Wannabe) - 2011-06-17 14:08

    Lovely website Stanley. Please post more articles!

  • Vernon - 2011-06-17 14:15

    'if he's black,he must be connected to government officials'100% on the money

      lollie sue - 2011-06-17 14:53

      its not only blacks mnxx

  • Marphy - 2011-06-17 14:24

    Roux, the next time you log onto Facebook, just search for 'Jacob Zuma' and send him a friend invite!

  • biskit - 2011-06-17 14:33

    Apartheids fault

  • Dave - 2011-06-17 14:37

    @ Zizo, checked out the website seems to be working fine? you know how to use a computer? shout if you need help, clearly you need some.

  • Sisie - 2011-06-17 15:23

    Watch your back. I think that you will never again get a nice cushy hand out from the government again by declaring that your aren't Zuma's friend. Hell this sounds like a police state.

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