Mbatha's son owes money, say women
A GROUP of Pretoria women are accusing convicted criminal William "Mashobane" Mbatha's son Lesego of refusing to pay them for promoting liquor brands at night clubs.
Mbatha and two Pretoria women, Anita Morokolo and Vicky Legodi, allegedly started a company - Levita - in January to promote certain liquors at night clubs.
Levita is a combination of the first and last letters of the trio's names - Lesego (Le), Vicky (Vi) and Anita (Ta).
The trio allegedly hired 16 women to promote certain liquor brands in night clubs around Pretoria.
Morokolo said: "After starting the company, we hired the girls. Lesego told them that we had to do a couple of events before they could get paid. He promised that we would have made enough money to pay the girls by the end of March.
"When it was time to pay up, Lesego said he needed more time because he was busy attending his father's court case. We sympathised with him, but he has been giving us the run-around since then."
Lesego claimed he knew nothing about Levita. "I don't know Levita. I have never met them and I have never owned any company."
But Morokolo and Legodi are adamant that Mbatha owes them and the 16 women about R34,500.
"He promised the girls that he would pay them R1,000 for every gig. He also promised to pay for their make-up, hair and transport costs.
"Mbatha has not done any of the things he promised us. The girls are looking at us as his partners for their money. We do not have it because he has not paid us," said Morokolo.
Lesego's father William was last week sentenced to 35 years in prison on a number of charges including robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, possession of firearms and ammunition, posing as a police officer and unlawfully wearing a police uniform.
During his heyday, William had interests in a number of businesses from which he allegedly earned more than R100,state000 a month.
He also owned seven minibus taxis, a café and a night club in Pretoria.
The sate has since attached his three Harley-Davidson motorbikes, a house worth R2.4-million and furniture worth more than R2-million.
William has another multimillion-rand house in Atteridgeville, Pretoria and one in Hartbeesfontein, North West.
William must still appear in Germiston and Pretoria courts later this month to face more charges.