The Lolly of Ferraris and furry friends

2010-05-11 10:23

Lolly Jackson had chutzpah.

A visionary businessman who had the foresight to register the

credit card machines at each of his Teazers’ strip clubs to three different


That way, his (usually) married patrons could tell the old “ball

and chain” they had swiped their cards at a more savoury establishment, like the

panelbeater’s, or the pub.

This was among the multitude of anecdotes exchanged this week by

various friends and ­associates of the self-proclaimed doyen of the local adult

entertainment industry.

On Monday Jackson was shot dead at a house in Kempton Park by an as

yet unknown assailant/s.

Media reports have centred on Georgianos Louka, a Cypriot who uses

the alias George Smith. The alleged suspect is said to have underworld

connections, and was once a police informer.

Some newspaper reports have claimed that Jackson and his ­alleged

killer fell out over a money laundering deal. Others have claimed that the

murder was a “hit”. Police will neither confirm nor deny any of the


It was left to friends and ­associates to heap platitudes on to the

memory of Lolly Jackson, described variously as “a character”, a violent thug, a

racist, a dedicated family man and a ­philanthropist.

Jackson was famous for his fast cars and his even faster life. But

it was his good works, his love for animals and his unacknowledged donations to

various ­charities (also unacknowledged) – that were highlighted by his


The first encounter with “Saint Lolly” was with

family spokesperson, Sean Newman.

“You see, Lolly picked his causes,” he pauses then adds: “.?.?.

like animals, yes, animals meant a lot to him.”

Then there was Jackson’s ­patronage of shelters for abused women.

He would not elaborate.

The story is repeated of the bottle of consecrated holy water in

Jackson’s office – hauled out once a year by a hand-picked Greek Orthodox priest

to ­sprinkle over the dancers.

Newman, who joined Teazers less than a year ago, speaks with the

reverential yet confident air of a confidant.

“When he made a decision to help someone, he gave. Ja, that was


Across town at a revue bar, ­Lolita*, the reigning Miss Erotic

Island, who used to work at ­Teazers, speaks of Jackson’s caring for his

“girls”. But what she really wants the world to know is about his love for his

family, and his love for animals.

Another friend who manages a restaurant in Germiston, also ­recalls

Jackson’s fondness for his furry friends. The SPCA, in ­particular, was a

regular recipient from Jackson’s deep pockets.

But like the Nelson Mandela Foundation this week, the SPCA was at

pains to disassociate itself from the “scarlet cash”.

Both charities said they

had “no record” of any donation from the strip club proprietor.

Said his friend: “They would take his money, but disown him in

public. It hurt Lolly.”

Demi Jackson told newspapers this week she also wanted to tell the

world about this “other side” to her husband.

They sounded like they were reading from the same script.

They were.

His hagiography was written with his friend of 35 years, Vincent

Marino. In the book is every ­anecdote about Jackson’s love for animals, abused

women and worker’s rights – verbatim.

These are interspersed with ­vignettes and tales of Jackson’s

various sexual escapades, and how in less than five years Jackson got to control

“the largest and most populated square meterage (sic) of pu**y in Africa”.


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