‘Closed legs don’t pay the bills, b*tch’

2016-10-02 06:01
Loyiso Ngavu has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee. The record label boss denies wrongdoing.

Loyiso Ngavu has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee. The record label boss denies wrongdoing.

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Well-known Johannesburg DJ and record label founder Loyiso Ngavu has been accused of sexually harassing a female employee with phone calls, saucy texts and Facebook messages.

Ngavu founded Jozi Records, which counts hip-hop musicians among its artists, including Chester and 3Steps, according to the company’s website.

He has denied the allegations against him.

A former street kid, Ngavu’s rags-to-riches story has been celebrated and he is a sought-after motivational speaker.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he is also the managing director of Jozi Media Empire, founder of the SA Construction Awards, publisher of SA Taxi Magazine, author of the book From Homeless to Millionaire and the brain behind the Africa Mega Music Expo.

He is the executive producer of the Mzansi Entrepreneur Search Competition and the founding chairperson of SA Business Link Network, according to his profile.

Now, a twentysomething former employee of Jozi Records has lodged a dispute with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), alleging that Ngavu had sexually harassed her.

The CCMA confirmed that the matter is scheduled for conciliation.

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Screenshot (Supplied via City Press)

City Press is withholding the identity of the alleged victim as she has not given her consent to publish it.

A source with knowledge of the dispute claimed that the complainant had received a phone call from Ngavu to request a “personal” meeting with her a few days after starting her job at Jozi Media Empire.

She declined, but Ngavu allegedly persisted with requests.

The source claimed the call was followed by a series of Facebook and text messages. In the messages, he allegedly called the complainant “a b*tch” and told her that closed legs don’t pay the bills. Ngavu also allegedly told her that she should forget about her job if she was unwilling to have sex. He later allegedly asked her to delete his messages.

The Facebook messages City Press saw, show the name of the sender as Loyiso Ngavu. However, there are a number of Facebook accounts with this name.

The text messages were sent from the same number on which City Press called Ngavu for comment.

One of the text messages reads: “Baby girl in this life we living close legs don’t pay bills (sic).” A Facebook message states: “If you not willing to have sex with me then forget (sic).”

When City Press contacted Ngavu for comment on Friday, he said: “What must I do with this thing? I don’t know what you [are] talking about, get your facts right.”

When City Press informed him that we had seen the messages he allegedly sent, he denied that the CCMA case was about sexual harassment.

“I’m attending a case [of] someone who stole R5 000 from the company. [The] CCMA said it’s an unfair dismissal and I don’t know why because the person was [on] probation. It’s not about sexual harassment,” he insisted.

He claimed that the complainant had sent the messages from his phone and that she had access to his phone because of her work responsibilities.

“She is the one who sent those messages to her phone. I have two phones and when I’m [in meetings] someone always has my other phone. I don’t know anything [about] those messages.”

He claimed that he had lodged a defamation case against his former employee. He alleged that she had “lied about her qualification and she didn’t deliver, so she is turning things around”.

The complainant has denied taking Ngavu’s phone home. She also denied Ngavu’s claims of theft, that she had lied about her qualification or that she had failed to “deliver”. “Before I left the company, he called me into his office and told me he was happy with my work. I was doing a great job [he said].”

Ngavu said he would send “proof” to City Press, but hadn’t done so at the time of going to print.

Cameron Morajane, director of the CCMA, on Friday confirmed that the case – an “Employment Equity Act dispute relating to alleged sexual harassment” – was scheduled for conciliation. Morajane added that conciliation was a “private and confidential process”.


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