Cops, politicians and KZN elite crack the nod to tycoon's birthday bash
A who's who of KZN's elite were on the controversial businessman's guest list
Senior officers, corruption-busting cops and even the suspected KZN police commissioner cracked invites to the lavish 50th birthday party of cigarette manufacturing tycoon Yusuf Kajee.
The businessman, who is currently under investigation by SARS and the Hawks for alleged tax-related violations and money-laundering and corruption charges, had his party at the Coastlands Convention Centre in Umhlanga on February 3.
The bash saw crime intelligence agents, police station commanders, alleged mafioso, lawyers, businessmen and politicians wined and dined.
In an e-mail, Kajee — who owns Amalgamated Tobacco Manufacturing — describes the organisers and those on his “surprise birthday” guest list as “esteemed friends and colleagues”.
The guests at table nine were perhaps the most intriguing. The seats were reserved for eight police officers, including suspended KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Major-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni and her husband, Major-General Lucas Ngobeni.
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