Diva Net­work boss hits back at crit­ics

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

DIVA Net­work South­ern Africa founder, Tsholo Mot­sie ( pic­tured) has de­nied ex­ploit­ing mod­els who par­tic­i­pated in her Military Camp party which was held last Novem­ber in Sehlabeng, Berea district.

The Diva Net­work was es­tab­lished in Au­gust 2016 with the stated aim of em­pow­er­ing women through var­i­ous en­tre­pre­neur­ial and en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

It adopted the slo­gan “enough is enough with the pull her down syn­drome” and staged themed events that helped the net­work ex­pand and at­tract mem­bers from Botswana and South Africa.

How­ever, in an al­leged vi­o­la­tion of the net­work’s man­date, some of the women who par­tic­i­pated in the Military Camp party last week told the Week­ender that Mot­sie left them stranded in Sehlabeng af­ter the show and has ig­nored fre­quent re­quests for pay­ment since then.

“We worked very hard in pro­mot­ing the Military Camp event and even up to mid­night on some days. We were so com­mit­ted as she had promised to pay us M5000 each,” said one woman who spoke to this pub­li­ca­tion on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Screen­shots of a What­sapp con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Mot­sie and one of the women seen by the Week­ender, ap­peared to show Mot­sie promis­ing to pay the woman via a mo­bile money plat­form.

The con­ver­sa­tions tookk place from 20 Novem­ber to 9 De­cem­ber r 2016 and it ap­pears by that date Mot­sie tsie had not made good on her prom­ise mise as the woman con­tin­ued to de­mand emand pay­ment.

Mot­sie who last week,k, de­clined to com­ment say­ing that “the mat­ter was in the hands of her lawyer,” awyer,” this week said she felt com­pelledlled to clear the air be­cause the al­le­ga­tion­sa­tions had neg­a­tive con­se­quences forr her pro­fes­sional and per­sonal nal life.

She said there was nev­erer an agree­ment to pay the e par­tic­i­pants.

“When I first saw the text which was do­ing the rounds on What­sapp ac­cus­ing me of fail­ing to pay peo­ple their dues, I sought le­gal ad­vice as I did not see fit to play the dirty game with my ac- cusers on so­cial me­dia,” ” Mot­sie told the Week­ender, r, adding, she could have post­sted on so­cial me­dia to proveve her in­no­cence and “showow that what was be­ing painted of me was a lie”. Mot­sie said the ac­cu­sa­tions de­famed her and af­fected her fam fam­ily as well. “I have a daugh daugh­ter in her teens, a hus­band who is a busi­ness­man and a mother-in-law who is a mem­ber of par­lia­ment as well as peo­ple who sup­port th the net­work as well as my busi­nesses.busines They were all af­fected by the al­le­ga­tions which painted a pic­turepic­tur of me as a crook. “To pro­tect thos those peo­ple and clear my name I felt I had to come for­war for­ward to this pub­li­ca­tion and tell the truth.” S She said she wo worked with two gr groups of mod­els in pr prepa­ra­tion for the ev event, and the first g group did the prom mo­tional shoot in ex­change for the en­try tick­ets and stalls at the event w where they could s sell their own merc chan­dise. She said the seco ond group was hired via a con­sul­tant to be part of the pro­mo­tional event which took place three weeks be­fore the ac­tual event in Novem­ber.

“I never dealt di­rectly with any of the mod­els who are ac­cus­ing me of ow­ing them the M5000 each. They were brought on board by their agent whom I dis­cussed ev­ery­thing for on­ward trans­mis­sion to them.

“Our agree­ment was that they help with the pro­mo­tion only and that I would pay the 15 of them M150 each. How­ever, they did not have the military re­galia which they had to wear at the pro­mo­tion which cost M350.

“We came to an agree­ment with their agent that I would buy them clothes, cover their trans­port ex­penses, of­fer them food and drinks dur­ing the pro­mo­tion and also free tick­ets to the event in Sehlabeng.

“Peo­ple should un­der­stand that it was a one day job and that there was no agree­ment about be­ing li­able to them for the ac­tual show. There was no way I could prom­ise them M5000 each for such a short work­ing pe­riod.”

Mot­sie said “in­for­ma­tion was wrongly com­mu­ni­cated to them by the agent for I never dealt di­rectly with them but then I feel who­ever felt they were wronged should have come for­ward to see me”.

She said her lawyer was han­dling the mat­ter and would soon ad­vise on the way for­ward.

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