Shabangu bemoans media reports

2012-03-21 14:18

Johannesburg - Property mogul Roux Shabangu on Wednesday bemoaned media reports that he had been fired from the construction of a R20m police station in Tweefontein, Mpumalanga.

"This is a misleading and untrue statement, because The Roux Property Developments halted the work on site due to the non-payment by the department of public works, for services rendered," Shabangu said in a statement.

"It is with great disappointment that... [the] journalist responsible for the story failed to afford me and/or my office the opportunity to comment and/or answer questions, he might have had."

According to a report in on Monday, Roux Property Development Africa was dismissed in June 2010, three months before the deadline for completion, after a dispute with the department over payment.

The public works department hired another company, Khazamula Construction and Civil, to complete the building after a nearly two-year delay involving a court case.

According to the report, Shabangu told the Sowetan newspaper on Sunday the he was going to take the department to court.

"We are not taking the move lying down. We have already notified them about our intention to sue," he was quoted saying.

Shabangu on Wednesday said he was not taking the department to court.

"This statement is misleading and inconclusive. The reason why I approached the court in this instance was to seek legal assistance in recouping the money, I had paid to Alert Steel as a result of the department's failure to pay what was due," he said.

It was because the department refused to pay Arlet Steel that Roux Property Development Africa ended up paying the amount out of its own pocket.

We ended up paying the amount owed from our own pockets because we had signed surety for this project. This was done in good faith and in order to preserve our business relationship with Alert Steel," said Shabangu.

He said his company decided to withdraw from the project because of the difficulties experienced when working with the department of public works.

"The department of public works work ethics makes it difficult and almost impossible for business people to maintain a healthy working relationship with them, which sadly, hampers service delivery at the end of the day," said Shabangu.

  • Vusi - 2012-03-21 14:42

    Oh please! After making Billions out of the Government he should go cry somewhere else!

  • Shirley - 2012-03-21 14:49

    Not difficulties with the public works-difficulty in continuing with your scam! As for the word "ethics"-its something that should NEVER come out your mouth! You dont have the slightest iota of what it means!

  • Dennis - 2012-03-21 14:50

    Roux, the only time Public Works refuse to pay a contractor is when the contractor has done no work to get paid for !!! As the Donald says " YOU WERE FIRED" !!

  • Johnnie - 2012-03-21 15:12

    The one moment the man can not work with Public Works and the next he wants to see that the Police get 2 of his buildings. I would also do the same as Public Works, because it does not look as if you know what you do.

  • Johnson - 2012-03-21 20:11

    I will agree - we have the same problem now in Limpopo with payments of service providers. Shabangu may have a case and point before you crucify him

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-22 10:01

    Love me TENDER, love me true, all my dreams fufilled!!!!

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