Happy Maserati, my love....
Mar 30, 2011
Ex-traffic cop gets a R1.8m blingmobile for his 40th
For his 40th birthday, Shauwn, the wife of former metro policeman Sbu Mpisane, bought him a R1.8-million Maserati GranCabrio to add to his fleet of luxury cars.
The soft-top convertible in white with a personalised licence plate was driven into the couple's mansion in La Lucia, north of Durban, just before midnight on Saturday. Sbu's birthday party on Saturday night followed the couple's seventh wedding anniversary party that afternoon.
But Mpisane already has a Maserati - as well as a Rolls Royce, a Lamborghini and a Ferrari, which are part of the 30 supercars in his collection.
The Mpisanes first hit the headlines when it was discovered that Shauwn had secured tenders from the eThekwini municipality.
They spared no expense in celebrating their wedding anniversary, treating 180 guests to pricey champagne, sushi and oysters.
Sbu, a former Durban Metro Police constable, was investigated by the DA three years ago after it questioned how he could afford to drive to work in a Lamborghini on R15000 a month.
He resigned from the police and joined his wife's business, Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport, which had scored millions of rands in tenders from the municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal government.
Two years ago, their company secured a R300-million low-cost housing tender in Umlazi for houses that were later criticised for being badly built.
The couple, who spent R12-million on their three-storey La Lucia mansion, spent at least R1-million on both parties at the weekend.
They renewed their vows at the Fairmont Hotel in the luxury Zimbali estate. Matching pearl white Lamborghinis stood outside. Those cars were seized by the SA Revenue Service last year but later returned.
Guests were flown to Durban and booked into the hotel at the Mpisanes' expense.
Shauwn had two different hand-crafted Tiffany chairs made to order, imported for the ceremony, which had an Ancient Egyptian theme. The couple is believed to have spent R300000 on flowers.
Later, the guests changed into white and gold and moved on to the couple's mansion for Sbu's birthday party.
Champagne, Johnny Walker blue and three different types of Hennesy French Cognac flowed.
The guests included controversial ZAR Lounge owner Kenny Kunene, Durban millionaire Vivian Reddy, socialite Khanyi Mbau and President Jacob Zuma's nephew and Aurora mine owner, Khulubuse Zuma.