Radio boss Given Mkhari in sex row

2013-10-06 14:00

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For MSG Afrika CEO Given Mkhari, this week was the last straw.

After what the media mogul says is a campaign of harassment and escalating demands, he has laid extortion charges against a 25-year-old media studies student and Vodacom service centre employee.

But the 25-year-old who laid damning sexual-assault charges against Mkhari (eight months after the alleged incident) narrates a different story.

Hers is a long list of alleged broken promises and possibly a broken heart. City Press reports the timeline of events and tells the story of both parties

What Mkhari says

Prominent businessman and radio station baron Given Mkhari has laid charges of extortion and tresspassing against a woman who’s accused him of sexual assault.

Mkhari, who owns Power FM in Gauteng and Capricorn FM in Limpopo, alleges that the 25-year-old woman concocted the rape allegation and demanded he pay her R20 million for her silence.

He says that the woman has been harrassing him, his family and his staff at Power FM because he refused to accede to her demands.

Mkhari’s lawyer Bongani Khoza confirmed that the former Metro FM talk show host had opened a case of extortion and tresspassing against the woman.

Khoza gave Mkhari’s version of events to City Press, saying the businessman went to a cellphone shop in Sandton last October to upgrade his cellphone contract.

Mkhari was served by a woman who, upon recognising his name, asked about employment opportunities at one of his companies, Khoza explained.

“She mentioned that she had previously applied for a job at the company and had received no response. Following her request Mr Mkhari offered her his email address. Approximately after a period of half an hour following his departure from the shop, the woman called him on the cellphone and said she was in possession of his driver’s licence.”

Khoza said that Mkhari advised her he would make a stop at the shop to collect the licence, but the woman offered to deliver it to him at the Mugg&Bean, where he was having lunch with three of his four daughters.

“The woman subsequently delivered the licence to him. Mr Mkhari was at the time having a meal with his three daughters. The following week, the woman sent an email to Mr Mkhari. The e-mail contained her CV which was accompanied by an application for employment,” Khoza said.

On Saturday 10 November last year, Khoza said, Mkhari and his friend Tsile Maswanganyi attended a friend’s party in Pimville, Soweto.

On their way out, the woman phoned Mkhari several times.

He says he was alarmed and his friend said “Let’s deal with this. I want to see what she wants from you.” So they drove to the party where Maswanganyi got out of the car and went to talk to the woman. Mkhari says he did not leave the car and they were not there for even “five minutes”.

Since then she had not contacted him until January this year.

“She (then) sent several e-mails making further enquiries about a job. Mr Mkhari responded to her email wherein he indicated that he had forwarded her CV to the people responsible for recruitment and that should the said people be interested in her skills they would respond accordingly,” Khoza said.

“In May 2013 the tone of the e-mails had changed completely. The woman was getting desperate, aggressive and an irritation,” he said.

The woman, Khoza said, demanded a job and insinuated that the pair had a relationship. She also allegedly asked Mkhari for money.

“She stated that she desperately needed the sum of R4000 in order to register at Unisa. Alarmingly, the woman started making demands for the sum of R20 million.The woman has gone further to harass Mr Mkhari’s staff, family, friends and colleagues,” Khoza said. – Ngwako Malatji

Her version of events

She thought she had met her prince charming – a charming man with a good sense of humour.

Then, on November 10 last year, she claims, Given Mkhari sexually assaulted her in a Johannesburg hotel room.

The 25-year-old public relations students from Dlamini in Soweto told City Press this was the second time they had crossed paths.

The first, she says, was when he came to upgrade his cellphone contract in Sandton City, where she works as a casual.

“While we were talking it came up that I was studying PR at Unisa and he told me he was also in the communications and media industry.

He told me he manages 14 companies and I asked if he could help me get an internship in one of those companies.”

She says Mkhari gave her his e-mail address, asked that she send him her CV and left the shop.

When she realised he’d left his driver’s licence behind, she said, she phoned him. He was still in the mall.

“I offered to take it to him because I had taken interest in him and from where I was the feeling was mutual.”

She says she sent her CV to him on the Monday and claims he responded by saying he’d forward it to someone dealing with recruitment.

Then, she says, they lost touch until November 10 when she texted him and asked if he wanted to have coffee.

He said he’d be in Pimville for a friend’s mother’s 70th birthday party, and came by after that.

He arrived, she says, in a white C63 Mercedes AMG with a friend he introduced as “Jeff”.

After a few hours, she left with the two men. They made a few stops, then went to stock up on booze and snacks.

They collected Jeff’s car, and he followed them to the Town Lodge in Constantia Kloof, she claims.

“We got to the hotel, Given asked me to go inside with Jeff while he parked his car and I didn’t see anything wrong with it because he had said he wouldn’t want to be seen in public with a young lady.”

The trio watched soccer, drank and ate. Then Jeff received a call and left, she says.

It was after the match, in which Orlando Pirates were playing, finished that he allegedly tried to kiss her.

“I pulled back saying ‘not today’ because I didn’t want to have a sexual encounter with him, but a relationship. He stopped but then tried again after a few minutes. This was intense.”

She claims he then forced himself on her. Afterwards, she says, he went to the bathroom and “I heard water running, I think he was taking a shower”.

He took so long that she fell asleep. She claims she woke the next morning, alone and with R400 on the dresser.

She says she tried to contact Mkhari afterwards.

“Each time I phoned or SMSed him he would say he will call me back or promise to come and see me.”

It was then, she says, that Googled his wife’s contact details and e-mailed her, saying she’d been sexually assaulted and would open a case against Mkhari.

The next day she alleges she was called by a man who said he was Mkhari’s business partner and wanted to know what she wanted for her silence.

“I told him I don’t want anything but for Given to own up and apologise for what he did and that was the last I heard from him.” – Zinhle Mapumulo

How the events unfolded

How the events unfolded

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