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Jazz artist refutes sexual harassment claims

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Local jazz artist Phemelo ‘Fresh’ Lesokwane has rubbished claims that he solicits sexual favours from female artists. Over the weekend, this journalist received a voice note via Whatsapp from a man who later identified himself as Thabang.

On further inquiry he asked this reporter to speak to known BOMU President Pagson Ntsie, who confirmed that he had caught heed of the claims and said that BOMU did not condone sexual harassment against women. “Such acts chase women from the music industry,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lesokwane, who came to The Midweek Sun offices, said that he did not even know the woman who claimed he solicited sex from her. “I have never engaged her face-to-face. I only know her from a distance. The only time I heard of her is when she wanted to join my band. I refused because I already have enough back up singers,” he said. The former kwasa kwasa artist claimed that the young woman was used to doing this in efforts to solicit money. “I have heard that she is broke and does that when she wants money. She once got Tebatso Hule arrested after claiming he raped her and also got a certain promoter called Modubule in hot water under similar claims. So how do you take such a person serious?”

The former BDF soldier showed this reporter recent Whatsapp communication between the two in which Lesokwane accuses the lady of defaming him. The lady in turn tells him to go ahead and take legal action against her. Lesokwane further said that he had met with the lady’s uncle, who is a jazz artist, Clement Jackson and they had agreed to solve the matter as a family. “I wanted to sue her but how do I sue someone who does not even have any money to her name,” he said. Lesokwane said that some people had the habit of spreading false rumours to tarnish others’ image.

He claimed that all these people were “planted” by his enemies in BOMU who were scared that they would be exposed following the recent Registrar of Societies ruling that the Ntsie administration was illegitimate. “They can say what they want, I know the truth. If you are going to accuse me of any wrongdoing then you must show the evidence and proof,” he said. He also rubbished claims that he went around siring offsprings and had a total of 12 children.

“What does that have to do with anything?” he asked cheekily. When contacted for comment, the woman who made the claims, identified as Ayanda, confirmed that she had sent the voice note but refused to be drawn into any discussion on the matter. “I sent that voice message to a few people in a Whatsapp group. I did not know that it would be circulated and do not want to speak to journalists.”

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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