Actor and TV presenter Lesley Musina is being accused of conning small entrepreneurs out of R50 000. The Black Bantu Movement, a Parow-based property cooperative, says they approached the Limpopo-born star to generate publicity for their cooperation in May last year to attract funders and partners.
They say they paid him R50k but to date, he has done nothing and is also refusing to pay back the money.
“Last year we approached Lesley, asking him to publicize our cooperation so it can gain momentum and trust, as he is famous,” says founder Nyembe Ntandane.
“People are scared of scams, hence we needed a known person to be the face of the cooperative.”
She says Musina signed a contract stipulating they would pay him R50 000 as a deposit, and another R50 000 when he had recruited enough members to make R1 million a month in contributions.
But she says the former Muvhango star failed to post anything on his social media platforms about their business, and also did not attract any new members.
“He kept stalling, telling us different stories. He told us he will publicise it through his social media accounts and attend to questions, also through outreach events that he attends with Mr. Patrice Motsepe.
“He only started posting about our cooperation on Facebook on 24 July, after we told him to give us back our money if he is not interested in working with us.
“He never responded to questions from people on his social media accounts.
“He cost us much more than R50 000. Where is the R1000 monthly he promised to contribute as a member when he joined?
“He saw us as fools from day one.”
The actor, who also hosted a consumer programme called Speak Out on SABC2, has denied conning the cooperation.
“They sent me what I needed to post and the pictures were pixelated. I told them it was bad quality and if I want to align my brand with something, it must be of good quality,” he says.
Musina says he eventually posted the information the co-op wanted him to post.
“I am a man of my word and this is to tarnish my name. I reached out to them since they are not happy and offered to pay them back their money.”
But Ntandane says Musina promised to return the money in December already – in three instalments starting that month – but, they have not received a cent. She says other than “exposing” Musina, they do not know what to do.
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