Primrose stands by her man and denies split with broke Theunis Crous
Primrose denies rumours of trouble in Crous paradise
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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