Power to Shabangu's property cut off

2012-06-21 20:37

Johannesburg - Property mogul Roux Shabangu is negotiating for electricity to be reconnected to the Middestad building in Pretoria, which he owns, his spokesperson said on Thursday.

"Roux Property Fund [RPF] has been working on getting the electricity reconnected since Monday," Percy Shabangu said in a statement.

He said they had offered to pay the municipality R500 000 every month towards the electricity bill, but the municipality rejected the offer.

The building had been without power since Monday as the owners owed the municipality more than R10m. Water supply to the building was cut off on Tuesday afternoon.

"We have been negotiating on this offer, and it seems the municipality is not willing to assist in this regard. We are hoping they will reconsider our offer, hear our plea and acknowledge the frustration that this is causing not only to RPF, but to our tenants and their customers in turn."

The City of Tshwane disconnected the electricity due to non-payment of municipal rates, the Pretoria News reported on Thursday.

"Shabangu said they understood the frustration and financial implication caused to their tenants. We understand the frustration and the financial implications this situation has caused and assure them that we have their best interest at heart and therefore will not stop trying to rectify this matter."

SAPS lease

The building was at the centre of a legal battle between the department of public works and Shabangu. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria was still expected to rule on whether the R500m lease, which the SAPS signed for the building, should be declared null and void.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela declared the lease, signed between fired police commissioner Bheki Cele and Shabangu, unlawful because proper tender procedures had not been followed.

Due to this disputed lease agreemen,t the owners had apparently not been able to keep up with payments for municipal services.

Shabangu was said to have borrowed R248m from Nedbank to purchase the Middestad building when the lease with Cele was agreed on.

  • chris.fourie - 2012-06-21 20:46

    My buddy, my pel! You are nothing special! We all have to pay our bills so do you!!!!!!!!!

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-06-21 21:06

      I agree

      lownabester - 2012-06-21 21:42

      Ours get cut of one month's late payment, How come he got away for so long???

      Press - 2012-06-21 22:03

      Wooow great - make it look as if its the Councils is the bad guy . . . "they are not willing to assist us . . " Man . . . . waddayathinking ??????? At R500 000 per month they will be long gone before a fraction of the R10 Million is serviced - but fear not - the council will simply put up the rates of the poor citizens that do pay for their services and so cover the Shabangu shortfall . . . . . .

      Sharon - 2012-06-21 23:06

      How does he run up a bill of R10m??? My payment was misallocated once, and within a week I had the pink disconnection notice! Surely all electricity users should be treated the same?

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-22 07:48

      All men are created equal, but some are more equal than others.

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-22 07:51

      Welcome to the real world Roux. The one where normal people are not tederpreneurs. The one where you have to pay for the services you get. The one where you don't get obscene gravy train handouts.

  • Michael Savage - 2012-06-21 20:46

    Hey Roux, a bit tougher to run a legitimate business, hey? The difference between entrepreneur and tenderpreneur...

  • dave.elmore.5 - 2012-06-21 20:52

    Roux should be " disconnected " as well

      Godfrey - 2012-06-21 21:26

      He was, with Cele's departure...LOL

      Juan - 2012-06-22 03:16

      Don't worry the chickens are comming home to roost lol.

  • nduduzo2 - 2012-06-21 20:52

    Eish! That what happens if u miss the gravy the bills and put prepaid meters afterwards

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-21 20:54

    Throw them in jail, these TSOTSIS !!!

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-21 20:56

    Yes Shabangu that is what happen when you count your chickens before they hatch!

  • - 2012-06-21 21:03

    I feel really sorry for his tenants. They picked the wrong landlord for sure.

  • Dewald Britz - 2012-06-21 21:06

    Benjamin Franklin, the founder of electricity, should take this western discovery out of this land! We dont need it, everything was perfect before this colonial evil.

      Warmonger - 2012-06-22 08:23

      And lets not forget that Other colonial scourge: Anti-retro virals, and anti-biotics... All part of the 'white opressors' regime, must get rid of it!!

  • Burtfred - 2012-06-21 21:07

    Hey Roux, when days are dark friends are few. You picked the wrong pals. You are the weakest link. Goodbye.

      Michael Savage - 2012-06-21 21:11


      thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-06-21 22:20

      @ burtfred.brown?, correction, when friends are darks days are few, lol!

  • Erna - 2012-06-21 21:07

    Now why don't I feel any sympathy for him? If he has tenants in the building using electricity they must be paying rent. Where is that money? That is quite a few months of water and electricity!

      Warmonger - 2012-06-22 08:25

      My question exactely, what has happened to that money! And then I wonder if all sars payments are up to date... Hmmm, questions, questions...

  • Ian - 2012-06-21 21:09

    what a bunch, we wunt we wunt

  • canfred.pambuka - 2012-06-21 21:24

    The businessman must increase his offer to the municipality. The biggest question is, why did the owner of the property accumulated such a huge debt?

      jimzimbo - 2012-06-21 21:27

      Miss management, greed and ignorance perhaps??

      Press - 2012-06-21 22:57

      B'cause he figures the Council can recover it from you by putting up your rates . . .

      Koos - 2012-06-22 02:01

      When you used to get electricity and water for free for the past 58 years it is difficult to think that you must pay. The perception were always there that the whiteys get free water, housing, electricity from the state pre 94.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-21 21:39

    hahaha I needed a joke tonight, Pay up, Roux, "Its the right thing to do"

  • Johnson - 2012-06-21 22:32

    10 million - sure this is not one months outstanding amount, how long does it take to owe a municipality R 10 million - my word

  • johann.vanryneveld - 2012-06-21 22:39

    Flash in the pan property mogul pay up time now that your ill gains have been exposed ,you are not going to hit the street running you are going to crash land!!

  • Irene - 2012-06-21 23:15

    Don't you just love it when a scumbag gets what's coming to him! ROTFLMAO! Hopefully Nedbank will start rattling his cage very soon.

      Koos - 2012-06-22 02:06

      he is trying to run the building down. Tenants shoudl leave and all that. Then he hope Nedbank will think twice before they take the building back.

  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-06-21 23:40

    oopsiedaisies - Corrrupshien, it didn't even happen. You got caught, yr liddle switcheroo was stopped and now you're saddled with a bill... . ? BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!

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