Banker ‘pulls a Vavi’ on slutty Senzo

2013-08-04 14:00

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A Joburg banker allegedly tried to extort R100 000 from Generations actor Thami Mngqolo after he claims to have caught Mngqolo in bed with his girlfriend.

Kagiso Blaad says he caught Mngqolo, who plays gay heart-throb Senzo in the soapie, and Lesedi Lebatlang cuddling in the main bedroom of his up-market Morningside town house in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mngqolo has retaliated, denying he and Lebatlang had sex. He is laying a complaint of extortion against Blaad with the police.

This week, a visibly upset Blaad said he had been betrayed by the love of his life.

“I got suspicious when my girlfriend kept on calling and asking me when I’m coming home. On (Saturday), I had planned to visit my relatives in Rustenburg and spend a night there,” he said.

But he changed his mind and went to watch the Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs derby with his friends in Pretoria over a few bottles of alcohol.

His friends urged him to go home because they believed Lebatlang might be fooling around. When he got home, Blaad said, he found Lebatlang and Mngqolo – who is dating Muvhango actress Jo-Anne Reyneke – snuggled up in his bedroom. Shocked, he told the pair to go to another room.

Kagiso Blaad

“I was so shell-shocked and tipsy, and did not know what to do, as I was not thinking straight,” said Blaad.

“I asked them why they are using my bedroom and not the spare room. But they looked at me with shock, as they did not expect me to come back home that morning.”

After they had gone to another room, he discovered his condoms were missing.

“At some point, I wanted to go and knock (on the door of the spare room) and fight them, because I felt so disrespected in my own house.

“But I just let it go.”

The next morning, he and his house mate were chatting in the lounge when Mngqolo came downstairs.

“He said ‘Sanibonani’ (I see you) and left in a rush.”

Lebatlang later apologised, he claimed, saying she did not know he wouldn’t be home that night.

Lesedi Lebatlang

“I kicked her out. I couldn’t take any betrayal from the woman I brought into my house, as she did not have a place to stay,” said Blaad.

Two security guards at the complex confirmed they’d seen Blaad sending his lover packing on Sunday – and had spotted “Senzo” in the early hours of that morning.

“Senzo was here on that night. He drives a black Audi A3. We saw the woman leaving on Sunday, carrying her bags and shoes in her hands. You could see she was kicked out of the apartment,” one guard explained. The other confirmed his story.

City Press has a visitor’s card that shows Mngqolo arrived at 3am and left the next day.

But Mngqolo says Blaad has it all wrong.

“Yes, I was at that house, but not with those intentions. Lesedi and I were from somewhere, going to Rivonia, but were stopped by the police. Because I was drunk, the police warned me not to proceed with my trip. So I decided to sleep in the spare room,” he said.

Twenty minutes later, Blaad came home and confronted them.

“Lesedi left the room and went to sleep somewhere. I don’t know where she slept, but she did not sleep in the same room with me. I left at about 10am on Sunday.”

The two did not have sex, he insisted.

“She is just a friend whom I have known for three months. She has a white boyfriend in the Northern Cape,” he said.

He was shocked when Lebatlang phoned him on Sunday and said Blaad had kicked her out.

She also said Blaad was demanding R100 000 for his silence about the incident, Mngqolo said.

Mdlayedwa Mthombeni, who introduced himself as Mngqolo’s legal adviser, said they had opened a case of extortion against Blaad because he “tried to pull a Vavi on us” (referring to the labour federation Cosatu general secretary’s claims that a woman who accused him of rape tried to extort money from him).

“We told him he should not speak to the media about this because he works in the financial sector and has a lot to lose if we open a case of extortion against him. But he told us to go ahead as he was not aware we have copies of SMSes he sent to Lesedi,” said Mthombeni.

Lebatlang confirmed Blaad had booted her out, but poured cold water on claims of infidelity.

“I’m not in love with Thami and I’m not in love with Kagiso either. Kagiso has been wanting to go out with me since 2010 and I have been rejecting,” she said.

She offered a third version of events, saying Mngqolo had dropped her off at the house and not slept over.

Sandton police spokesperson Captain Kym Cloete confirmed Mngqolo has opened a case of extortion against Blaad.

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