Goss’s connected pal

2014-05-15 00:00

THE investor — Johannesburg-based businessman Bobby Molefe who was until this week still keen on investing into Goss Real Estate — is politically connected and once provided an alibi for the Richmond warlord Sifiso Nkabinde.

“Investing is not the problem. I have taught Lerlin and Ashley Goss the business. They are my students. I was going to invest directly and organise a guarantee with signing powers and everything. Lerlin is good at investments and financial matters. I have a loan guarantee of €200 million,” Molefe said, adding, despite evidence presented to him about the fraudulent business proposal, the “Gosses are just trying to get funding”.

Molefe said he is in the import and export trade of predominately petrol and diesel but he does not have any businesses registered in his name, according to Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission search.

An investigation has revealed that the Gosses knew Molefe from a previous deal that also went sour.

Lerlin and Ashley were directors in a diesel trading company called Matrix Oils. Molefe was employed by them as a marketing executive. But just three months into the business no one, including Molefe, was paid and a BEE investor, who is said to have invested R2,5 million, pulled out.

A former Matrix Oil employee, Marthinus du Preez, said Molefe persuaded the investor, whom he had brought in, to pull out.

“I, along with Bobby were all promised salaries in excess of R60 000 a month to buy and sell diesel. Ashley and Lerlin were spending the money on all sorts of things except the business. We all lost. Bobby hit tough times shortly afterwards,” he said.

But despite this, Molefe said he can “settle all their debts”. “If I have €200 million in my pocket, why not help them … but if their business plan is not truthful I would have to certainly reconsider my position.”

Du Preez said Molefe’s claim to have access to vast foreign loan guarantees was genuine “as he knows the right people”.

In 1998 Molefe gave an alibi for Nka­binde. Molefe, at the time a general manager at a hotel group, told the Pietermaritzburg high court he was Nkabinde’s uncle and had put up his nephew in one of the hotels on the day the Midlands warlord was accused of having ordered the murder of ANC Youth League chairperson Mzwandile Mbongwa, secretary Mla Ximba and Mzo Mkhize on March 19, 1994.

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