A controversial Durban business organisation‚ accused of using mafia-style tactics‚ is holding a multi-million rand South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) project to ransom. The Delangokubona Business Forum (DBF) — which has rattled construction bosses by going onto site and forcefully demanding a stake in their projects — is now targeting the R276.45m Hammarsdale Interchange on the busy N3 highway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. In February last year, the forum was linked to construction worker Craig Mallon’s death after his work at a KwaDukuza hospital was hamstrung by their disruptive tactics in the months before his death. Now it has shut down the construction of the major interchange — a joint project between Sanral and Ethekwini municipality — and is demanding a 30% participation in the project. This week, one of the forum’s directors‚ Trueman Mnyandu‚ accused Stefanutti Stocks‚ the main contractor involved‚ of being "racists, as they still don’t want black people t...

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