While social media was astonished by a list of celebrities who were allegedly romantically linked to Edwin Sodi, City Press spoke to two of the women who had dated the controversial businessman. The two gave their account of what attracted them to him.
“He is a great father. He is nice and everyone gets a different side to him. I think, overall, he is a good guy,” said one ex-girlfriend who declined to speak on record.
Sodi, the construction mogul and owner of Blackhead Consulting, made headlines in 2015 after his notorious relationships, in which he dated several wives and girlfriends of celebrities, were exposed.
That year, radio boss DJ Sbu Leope’s marriage to Disebo Makatsa reportedly came to a breaking point when the DJ apparently caught the pair just before boarding a flight at OR Tambo International Airport for a romantic gateway in Dubai.
Sodi was also fingered by Idols producer and host Tebogo “ProVerb” Thekiso as the man behind the breakup of his 10-year marriage to his wife, Onalerona Thekiso, the same year.
The ex-girlfriend claimed the women were attracted to Sodi’s wealthy lifestyle.
“He is a nice person when you are involved with him. ” She said:
“What I know is that, for most women he has been in relationships with, he does not give them money. The only thing you will get is a business opportunity. I know one of the ladies, who is also mentioned on the list posted on social media the other day, once said, ‘thank you babe for the water and sanitation contract’ and everyone was attacking her because Edwin is currently undergoing these legal cases (alone).”
Sodi is currently at the centre of two legal matters in Randburg and Bloemfontein.
In the Free State, he was arrested in 2020 along with six others, including suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, for charges of corruption, money laundering and theft related to a R255 million Free State asbestos audit contract. He is currently out on R500 000 bail.
Another ex-girlfriend who has a child with Sodi said: “He will never buy you a car but will allow you to use his cars. I was using his G-wagon for some time and I also drove his BMW.”
Speaking anonymously, the second ex-lover said about the maintenance of their child:
The businessman stated in a reported court document during a recent gender-based violence case that he had applied for bail to take care of his six children.
Sodi is currently under house arrest for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife, Nthateng Lerata, and her male friend, Faizel Motlekar, at their home in Bryanston in March. He allegedly arrived at the house with a handgun on the night of the incident and reportedly pointed it at Motlekar and tried to shoot. However, the gun jammed.
Sodi then fled the house for his Sandton home. In his bail application, Sodi alleged that he had found the two in a compromising position and reacted by hitting Motlekar with a cellphone on his head, but denied that he owned a gun.
He was charged with attempted murder and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and was released on R150 000 bail after spending a stint in police custody. The case was postponed to May 31 for further investigation.