IN OUR African culture a man is not supposed to cry, so when you see tears rolling down a grown man’s cheeks you know that something is seriously wrong. And as Elliot Dhlamini tells us his story of being homeless, terminally ill and penniless – despite being a majority shareholder of a big t’s hard to believe that the 43-year-old man standing outside his shack in Mamelodi East was once the controlling shareholder of a company based in Pretoria called Plasmeg that supplied pipes to the department of water affairs and forestry. The company is said to have received millions of rand in tenders from the department, so one would expect Elliot to be living in a big home with all the luxuries of the good life.
Instead Elliot’s bosses allegedly did not pay him for months and simply used him as a front to get tenders. And DRUM can now reveal that Plasmeg’s company registration papers clearly set out that Elliot owns 51 per cent of the company. It seems Elliot was nothing more than a BEE front – and he knew nothing about it.
Read the article in the Drum of 24 February 2011 – and share your views below.