Bling Queen hosts huge party for class of ’76

FILE PICTURE: Durban businesswoman Mabongi Flora-Junior "Shauwn" Mpisane, who is accused of submitting false documents to obtain Construction Industry Development Board gradings, which were then used to obtain public works department tenders worth R140 million, leaves the Durban Commercial Crimes Court after being granted bail on Friday, 8 February 2013. Picture: Giordano Stolley/SAPA

Durban bling queen Shauwn Mpisane and husband Sbu – who last month irked opposition parties in KwaZulu-Natal after sponsoring an ANC pre-election youth beach party – will today host what could turn out to be the main Youth Day event in the province.

The Zikhulise Group, a company owned by the Mpisanes, will fly in celebrities from across the country to entertain guests at the “class of ’76” celebrations to be held at Inhlakanipho High School in KwaMashu.

Provincial Premier Senzo Mchunu, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bheki Cele are listed as some of the ANC senior leaders who would be attending the event.

The couple’s companies have raked in millions of rands through the eThekwini Municipality’s low cost housing contracts over the years. They have been accused by the province’s official opposition party, the DA, of being a conveyer belt for municipality funds which are later diverted to the ruling party through questionable tenders.

“It is clear that the Mpisanes are being favoured as they are politically connected and channel money towards the ANC. I have met with a few emerging contractors in Durban over the past year who say they struggle to get work, as the Mpisanes have monopolised the low-cost housing sector in and around the city,” DA eThekwini caucus leader Zakhele Mncwango said.

The Mpisanes denied the DA’s claims.

Daughter of a former ANC councilor, Shauwn was early this year acquitted of more than 100 counts of tax fraud following accusations that the businesswoman had inflated invoices of her company – Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance, and Transport CC – by almost R5 million to cut her tax bill.

Fifty additional charges of fraud, forgery and uttering of a forged document against the businesswoman, were also quashed.

Today’s Youth Day celebrations at Inhlakanipho High School will coincide with the handing over of the school – recently renovated by the Mpisanes to the tune of millions of rands – to KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Peggy Nkonyani.

“As we commemorate the class of 1976, learners of Inhlakanipho High School in KwaMashu D-section will receive a whole newly refurbished state of the art school … thanks to a prominent Durban businessman who is a former learner of the very same school,” the Mpisanes said in a statement.

Sbu Mpsiane attended the high school.

“As the school now boasts an upgraded sport field, on the day invited schools from all over the province will participate in different sporting codes…”

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