President Jacob Zuma’s cousin, Deebo Mzobe, has scored numerous construction tenders in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal through his companies Deebo Construction and Deebo Holdings.
City Press has established that:
» Mzobe was awarded at least three multimillion-rand housing contracts in Mpumalanga;
» Worked on at least three road projects in KwaZulu-Natal, one of which included work on an interchange on the N3;
» Mzobe was awarded at least two school upgrade projects in KwaZulu-Natal that amounted to more than R11 million.
According to government tender documents, the KwaZulu-Natal transport department gave Mzobe’s Deebo Construction and Projects a tender for the construction of the Ulundi public transport intermodal facility and the construction of earthworks on a provincial main road.
In a joint venture with Stedone Civils and PMPZ Construction, Deebo Construction also won the tender to construct the new Wembezi Interchange on the N3 at Estcourt.
When he opened the new interchange in 2010, then transport minister S’bu Ndebele said the expenditure to date on this project was R33 260 000.
“By the time of completion in 2013, the estimated cost will be over R46 million,” he said.
Deebo Construction also won tenders from Public Works to upgrade two schools in KwaZulu-Natal worth R12 million.
Deebo Construction further received a contract to extend a road in Durban for R616 939.
In the tender documents, it was suggested Mzobe won the tender because it “was the most advantageous tender”.
Mzobe previously told City Press he “had built houses in all the provinces”, but only KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga could locate tenders to his companies.
Mpumalanga’s housing department, where it is known that Mzobe had built RDP houses, did not respond to questions. But tender and court documents show:
» Deebo Construction won a R3.5 million tender to build RDP houses in Shatale Zone 1, in Bosbokrand;
» The company won a R24 million tender in Mkhondo municipality, Mpumalanga, to build 400 houses in 2011. A lawsuit brought by construction firm Rubro Building revealed that they were subcontracted for R7 million by Mzobe, which he had failed to pay at first, before settling out of court; and
» Deebo Construction and Projects was also awarded a contract to build 599 houses worth more than R33 million in Mbombela and Mkhondo (Piet Retief).
Mzobe’s company, Dynamo Duck Trading Projects, also scored a R500 000 tender with the KwaZulu-Natal health department to replace carpets and paint floors at the Newcastle forensic mortuary.
Mzobe declined to comment on questions around his personal business dealings, saying it had nothing to do with his role in Masibambisane.
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