Durban - S’bu and Shauwn Mpisane will give each other eye-wateringly expensive Rolls-Royces to ring in the new year after a “turbulent” 2013 which saw them in and out of court on tax fraud charges.
The husband and wife will exchange the “batons of hope” at their annual New Year’s Eve party on Tuesday night.
The theme of the black-tie gathering, to be held at their La Lucia home, is The Journey Begins, S’bu told The Mercury on Monday.
“This time around, the approach of the party is different, as we’ve been through a lot in the past years. We have not given each other gifts, but exchanged batons of hope in a form of the (Rolls-Royce) Wraith and (Rolls-Royce) Phantom Series II. We have discarded the fleet that has brought pain and sorrow in our lives,” he said.
The colour of both cars, which together cost about R17 million, is white, to symbolise “love, peace and happiness in 2014 and beyond”.
The Mpisanes have extended invitations to ANC national executive committee member Bheki Cele, actors Connie and Shona Ferguson and Terry Pheto, and some in the cast of local soapies Generations and Isibaya.
However, family would be the “VVIPs” of the evening, for sticking with the couple “through thick and thin”, Mpisane said.
The 100 guests will be served a five-course dinner, and will sip Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot and Cristal champagne.
When asked if he and Shauwn were making any new year’s resolutions, Mpisane said they would continue to believe in the will and power of God, and strive to live up to the legacy of “Tata Mandela”.
Earlier this year, the Asset Forfeiture Unit seized cars belonging to the former metro police officer and the businesswoman, which included two Rolls-Royces, a Ferrari and a Maserati.
Most of the fleet was returned to the couple by the court-appointed curator in exchange for R5.6m.
But legal bills seem not to have dented the Mpisane bank balance.
They recently bought gifts such as plasma TVs, smartphones and home theatre systems, and also gave out cheques of between R2 000 and R25 000 to staff for Christmas.