Prim­rose stands by her man and de­nies split with broke The­u­nis Crous

Prim­rose de­nies rumours of trouble in Crous par­adise

Sunday World - - Front Page - NONKU­L­ULEKO KHU­MALO

PRIM­ROSE Crous broke her si­lence this week fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that their em­pire is crum­bling and they are liv­ing seper­ate lives.

Prim­rose, through her pub­li­cist, Noughty Maluleke, told Sun­day World that: “The al­le­ga­tions of the fam­ily be­ing broke are false and they can­not be proved. If the fam­ily were broke, they wouldn’t be hav­ing the prop­er­ties they have now, cars they drive now, liv­ing in a posh house and liv­ing the life­style they have now, and hav­ing their chil­dren at­tend­ing top schools,” she said.

On Oc­to­ber 27 and Novem­ber 3, Sun­day World pub­lished sto­ries about the crum­bling Crous em­pire, quot­ing court and South African Rev­enue Ser­vice doc­u­ments.

Crous and his con­struc­tion busi­ness part­ner in Ho Hup Cor­po­ra­tion were charged with tax fraud, the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity is­sued a se­ques­tra­tion or­der, and six houses and four cars val­ued at R17-mil­lion and over R3-mil­lion re­spec­tively were at­tached.

Sun­day World learnt this week from a close friend of Crous that the fi­nan­cial strain, cou­pled with al­le­ga­tions of in­fi­delity, had led to the cou­ple sep­a­rat­ing.

“Prim­rose and The­u­nis haven’t seen each other in a while. Since they broke up in Septem­ber, they have been keep­ing their dis­tance and they don’t speak to each other at all,” said the friend.

The cou­ple, who have been mar­ried for seven years, made head­lines when Crous had an af­fair with self-con­fessed gold­dig­ger Khanyi Mbau.

Ac­cord­ing to the friend, the cou­ple are split­ting be­cause Crous al­legedly had a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with some­one close to Prim­rose. “Prim­rose couldn’t stay with him any more. That was the fi­nal straw for her. For her this was not like the Khanyi Mbau in­ci­dent, this was some­one she trusted.”

Prim­rose was said to have left their mar­i­tal home in Dain­fern and moved to a rented flat in Park­town. Sun­day World could not es­tab­lish where Crous was stay­ing.

Prim­rose, how­ever, de­nies the fam­ily is any­thing but in­tact.

“There is no sep­a­ra­tion be­tween Mrs Prim­rose Crous and Mr Crous … they are still to­gether and stay in the same house.

“Prim­rose and her fam­ily are stay­ing in a fam­ily man­sion and there is no truth about them rent­ing an apart­ment,” said Maluleke.

Ac­cord­ing to Maluleke, the cou­ple are not in fi­nan­cial trouble. “Mr and Mrs Crous are still busi­ness­peo­ple, they have lots of in­vest­ments lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, ” he said.

One of their joint busi­nesses is a pri­vate jet char­ter ser­vice, Abri­na­jet.

The busi­ness’s web­site, which lists Prim­rose as the chief ex­ec­u­tive and Crous as the global op­er­a­tions man­ager, is dor­mant. There is no phys­i­cal ad­dress, the phone num­ber is out of ser­vice and the pic­tures of jets seem to be stock im­ages.

The site claims Abri­na­jet op­er­ates from OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional, but the air­port says it has never had such a char­ter air­line op­er­ate from there.

The cou­ple’s in­di­vid­ual Twit­ter ac­counts, as well as their joint Crouslove ac­count, have also been aban­doned. Crous last tweeted on Au­gust 9, wish­ing his wife a happy Women’s Day. She did not re­spond. Prim­rose last tweeted on Oc­to­ber 10.

When Sun­day World called Crous on the num­ber he has an­swered in the past, the man on the other end of the line called him­self Mr Swart on one oc­ca­sion and Mr Klaasen on another. He wanted to know why Sun­day World wanted to speak to “Mr Crous”.

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