Mkhari’s ac­cuser tweets her rage

Sunday World - - News - SO­MAYA STOCKENSTROOM

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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