Musician Penny Penny graced the headlines a lot last week after Lerato Manaka, a brand manager from Roodepoort, in Johannesburg, claimed he owes her over R200 000.
Manaka said Papa Penny has failed to pay her for the work she did for him since last year. The 34-year-old woman said she started working with Penny Penny on his reality TV show, Papa Penny Ahee since last year. Subsequently, both parties allegedly agreed that she would get 20% of endorsements for the public relations job she did. She apparently got him sponsors for the show.
“We signed a contract that was set to end next year. I have worked with him and did my best to build his name that he has today but he has not paid me a cent,” she said.
Manaka said she has tried every possible means to iron out the issues with the reality TV star to no avail. Subsequently, Penny Penny allegedly blocked her on Whatsapp and even resorted to threatening and bullying her.
Notwithstanding, popular musician Penny Penny has come out strongly against the accusations that he owes the woman any money.
Instead, the veteran musician said that it was the woman that owed him money.
“My company hired her to be my PA and I didn’t hire her. She promised me sponsors, [and to] promote my CD with DJ Maphorisa,” he explained.
According to Penny Penny, the woman’s accusations were born out of “jealousy”. This is probably because his Reality show is making waves. Penny Penny also accused Manaka of using his name fraudulently.
He questioned why Manaka has not gone to the police if she was sure of her claims. “Why didn’t she not report me to the police?” he asked.
In an open letter to Penny Penny on social media, the former manager pleaded with him to do the right thing.
“Some steps are unnecessary so just do the right thing so we can all move on 24 months is a long time. Work needs to be done South Africans still want to see more of you!!,” said Lerato.
Penny Penny’s reality show Papa Penny Ahee debuted on Mzansi Magic earlier this year.