Johannesburg - Businessman Roux Shabangu on Wednesday rejected accusations that he had fronted for white people.
“Fronting for whites? Don’t make me laugh. I am no man’s puppet,” he said in a statement.
The Star reported that Shabangu was allegedly given a R6 million helicopter and R4 million in kickbacks for fronting for whites in a lease deal with the public works department.
The allegations are obtained in court papers in the High Court in Pretoria in which the department is asking the court to nullify its lease agreement with the businessman.
The trade and industry department defines fronting as deliberate circumvention of black economic empowerment laws. It includes practices like “window-dressing”, where blacks are appointed to senior positions in companies owned by whites, and then prevented from running them.