Bus drivers sue Tongaat mall boss

The man at the centre of the Tongaat mall collapse is accused of scamming 300 Durban bus drivers.

FILE: Rubble at the site of the collapsed mall in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, on 19 November 2013. Picture: @CrisisMedDbn/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of Durban bus drivers claim they are victims of a scam involving building entrepreneur Jay Singh.

One of Singh's companies was involved in construction at a Tongaat mall in KwaZulu-Natal that collapsed last week.

Two people died and almost 30 others were injured.

A total of 300 drivers are suing the eThekwini municipality, Singh and four others for R6 billion.

Lawyer Snowy Smith says the drivers lost their jobs or were never paid properly.

"It's one of the biggest scams in South African bloody history here! All the drivers are now bankrupt."

Smith says he's shocked the municipality would do business with Singh, saying they should have known better.

In 2003, the municipality placed its official bus company under semi-privatisation.

City Manager Sibusiso Sithole says the case is absurd.

"They can't substantiate such a claim, its actually ridiculous, but we will defend what is defensible."

Sithole says he doesn't mind if the bus deal with Singh is investigated.

Singh's media team told Eyewitness News they want the matter to play out in court before commenting on anything.

Meanwhile, Singh is facing blacklisting by the municipality, although he is still involved in a R101 million building project for them.