R43?500 party swindle

2013-08-11 14:01

Popular entertainer DJ Oros has been dragged into a theft case involving a man who claims to be his manager.

The man, Eugene Mgcina, allegedly made off with R43?500 that a client, Sharlotte Molamu, paid him to organise a sweet-16 birthday bash for her daughter. Molamu has laid a police complaint against Mgcina.

Speaking to City Press from her home in Alberton, east of Joburg, Molamu said one of her associates heard she was planning a birthday party and referred her to Mgcina’s Millionaire Events.

She checked out his profile online and phoned him because she was impressed with the services he offered.

Mgcina told her he was DJ Oros’ manager. “After lengthy deliberations and a quote given, we signed a contract.

I paid a total of R43?500 – R40?000 paid directly into the company business account, R1?750 deposit paid directly to him for the designer and R1?750 paid into his sister’s bank account for the dress they promised to design for my daughter,” she said.

She then proudly told her daughter, whom she prefers not to name, that she had organised a special birthday shindig.

Mgcina, she claimed, told them he had organised a limousine to ferry her daughter to a trendy eatery in Midrand where she and guests would tuck into a sumptuous meal.

Molamu said she and her daughter sent out invitations to family friends and relatives from different provinces to come and celebrate with them on June 24.

She was surprised when their guests phoned them from the venue saying its owner did not know of such an event.

“I phoned Eugene, but he didn’t take my calls. At the time, my daughter had already bathed and was waiting for the special dress to wear and the limousine to ferry her to the venue, and this guy wasn’t taking my calls,” she said.

Molamu drove to the venue and found guests waiting outside.

“I then went inside to speak to the owner. To my shock, the place was filthy and resembled a disused bar. There were no food or drinks as promised and the place was not even booked.”

Molamu said she phoned Mgcina’s sister Tshepiso, who told her that her brother was bedridden in Durban and would refund her when he recuperated.

But Molamu was not prepared to wait: she called the Midrand police and laid a complaint.

The police had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to press.

Molamu’s daughter said she was still embarrassed.

“I had told my friends about the party my mother had organised for me and everybody was looking forward to seeing it.”

Called for comment, Mgcina said: “I’m not that person and I don’t do business in Gauteng, I do business in Durban.”

He then hung up.

Tshepiso confirmed that her brother was paid to organise the event but failed to deliver.

“He was involved in a car accident on the day in question but he said he would refund them.”

Meanwhile, DJ Oros, whose real name is Sbongiseni Langa, denied that Mgcina was his manager.

“Because he is based in Jozi, he told me he would hook me up when there are gigs available that side but he is not my manager.

“I don’t appreciate it when people are using my name and dragging it through the mud.”

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