Actor and TV presenter Lesley Musina is being accused by small entrepreneurs of conning them of R50 000.
The Black Bantu Movement, a Parow-based property cooperative, says they went to the Limpopo-born star so that he could assist in publicity for their cooperation in May last year to lure funders and partners.
They said they paid Musina R50k but up to now he has done nothing and he also does not want to pay back the money.
“Last year we asked Lesley, to publicise our cooperation so it can gain momentum and trust, since he is famous,” says founder Nyembe Ntandane.
“People are afraid being scammed, that’s why we needed a famous person to be the face of the cooperative.”
She says Musina signed a contract which stated that 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 did not post anything on his social media platforms about their business, and also did not bring in any new members.
“He kept stalling, telling us different stories. He told us he will advertise it through his social media accounts and answer questions, also through outreach events that he attends with Mr. Patrice Motsepe.
“He only began posting about our cooperation on Facebook on 24 July, after we told him to refund our money if he is not interested in working with us.
“He never replied 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 imbeciles from day one.”
The actor, who also hosted a consumer programme called Speak Out on SABC2, said he did not conn the cooperation.
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“They sent me what I had to post and the pictures were pixelated. I told them it was bad quality and if I want to tie my brand with something, it must be of good quality,” he says.
Musina says he at last posted the information the co-op wanted him to post.
“I am a man of my word and this is to paint my name black. I reached out to them since they were not happy with my services and offered to pay them back their money.”
But Ntandane says Musina promised to refund the money in December already – in three instalments starting that month – but, they have not received a cent. She says apart from “exposing” Musina, they do not know what to do.