Millions intended to be spent on the health needs of Eastern Cape residents have gone missing from d.
South Africa's gigolo numero uno sauntered into the Sowetan offices yesterday, bawled crocodile tears and pleaded: "Can the world please leave me alone?"
Yesterday, a day after quietly celebrating his 38th birthday, Thabo Mmabatho told us he was a "man's man" and that his days of dispensing sex for cash were over.
"I now have a job and see no need to sell my body. I did that to survive and I have paid the price for it," he said.
Mmabatho claims to be a security guard in Rosebank, Johannesburg, earning R2200 a month.
Tall, muscular and foulmouthed to boot, Thabo became tabloid fodder four years ago when he claimed to have bedded one of the country's most celebrated restaurateurs, Wandie Ndala.
He accused Ndala, owner of the world-famous Wandie's, of owing him R15000 for sexual favours going back seven years.
Now he claims it is extremely difficult for people to take him seriously because of that story.
He said his current relationships with women survive only because he knows how to do his job between the sheets.
"All I'm asking is to be given a second chance," he said.