Mkhari’s accuser tweets her rage
WHILE media mogul Given Mkhari was celebrating Capricorn FM’s sixth birthday, an angry Ntombizakhe Yende took to Twitter to vent her frustration with the police.
Yende is accusing Mkhari (39) of rape and says she wants the police to arrest him and treat him the same way they are treating another famous rape accused, kwaito musician Sipho “Brickz” Ndlovu . In more than 20 tweets, Yende is alleging, among other things, that some of Mkhari’s business associates offered her money to keep quiet. She also accuses one of her relatives, who works for one of Mkhari’s businesses, of being biased in favour of the businessman. Mkhari’s lawyer, Bongani Khoza, said he and his client “have had it with Yende” and will be serving her with an interdict tomorrow.
Sunday World reported last month that Mkhari went to the police and accused Yende of extortion, saying she had demanded R20-million from
Yende said she wanted the world to know what Mkhari allegedly did to her
– but she won’t talk to the media. “Twitter is where I can say how I feel. I’m not crazy, I’m angry. The police are dragging their feet,” she said.
She had laid a charge of assault against Khoza, but said the police were doing nothing about it.
Khoza said Yende had persistently but unsuccessfully tried to secure employment with several of Mkhari’s companies and later tried to extort money from him.
“Mr Mkhari is not an accused person and neither has he ever been charged by the authorities.
“We are aware that in August 2013 Mr Mkhari’s accuser approached the police accusing him of a sexual offence that she alleges happened in November 2012.
“Surprisingly, in spite of the alleged incident, she had sent several job applications to Mr Mkhari in the period of October 2012 to July 2013. She has now chosen to use social media in her efforts to propel her sinister motives.”
Mkhari has alleged trespassing and extortion by his accuser, a case which is “in progress”, said Khoza.
The police’s Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said investigations relating to the extortion case are under way.
“Police are still busy taking several statements,” he said.
He could not give details of the rape case at the time of publication.
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