'We lived on the breadline' - De Villiers' former business partner

2016-03-07 14:40

Johannesburg - A man who had gone into business with former model agency boss Dawie de Villiers, on Monday testified how the alleged sex offender convinced him to enter into a partnership which drained his organisation of around R200 000.

During his testimony in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, Dominique Rensleigh told the court that his organisation, Model Cup, was doing well before he met De Villiers.

"We were a well-oiled machine at the time Dawie came onto the scene. He approached me a couple of times saying he was looking for an opportunity," Rensleigh told the court.

De Villiers, the founder and owner of Modelling South Africa, is on trial on 38 counts of rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, sexual grooming, possession and accessing of child pornography, fraud, and theft.

Rensleigh and his wife decided to give De Villiers an opportunity to manage and market one of their organisation's modelling competitions, Model Championships.

He told the court De Villiers' task was to manage and market the competition, and recruit new members across the country.

Rensleigh told the court he invested money from his main organisation in the competition. This including buying furniture for De Villiers' office in Bryanston. He borrowed him a camera, which De Villiers would use for his own castings.

"He was adamant he wanted his own office, even though we said it wasn't necessary," he said.

As time went on and as they hosted more competitions, De Villiers told Rensleigh they were not making any money from the events.

"As events progressed, we were depleting our resources to get the structure (Model Championships) to stand up. Every time I confronted Dawie about the money that came in, the income and expenditure. He always made an excuse."

Rensleigh said when the two men entered into a 50/50 partnership, they decided to register Model Championships with the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office.

Rensleigh told the court he eventually learned that De Villiers had not registered the name or set up a company bank account.

He found out that all the money Model Championships was making was going into De Villiers' personal bank account.

"Me and my wife were on the breadline. At the time we couldn't afford DStv. Dawie had DStv. He had a PlayStation and that other gaming console. He was living lavishly. He was handing out gifts to girls left, right and centre," Rensleigh said.

"When I asked him about the money, he said the company was not making any money."

The trial was adjourned to Tuesday.

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