South Africa 16.9.2013 06:00 am

Phiyega’s spin-doctor denies ‘brothel’ claim

A picture of Makhosini Nkosi with former president Nelson Mandela.

A picture of Makhosini Nkosi with former president Nelson Mandela.

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega’s former communication guru will not receive any special treatment from the police.

This follows weekend reports that Makhosini Nkosi has allegedly been running a brothel from his Randburg business premises.

National police spokesman Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale told The Citizen the allegation of illegal activities is under investigation.

Nkosi served a three month contract as a communication specialist for the SAPS this year.

“Correct procurement policies and procedures were followed. Mr Nkosi is a well-known and experienced communications practitioner,” Makgale said.

“His communication skills were all the SAPS was interested in and used. If he was involved in anything illegal an investigation will be carried out and appropriate action will be taken.”

Makgale added that there would be no preferential treatment just because Nkosi happened to have done legitimate work for the SAPS.

Nkosi said Phiyega had nothing to do with any of his private businesses other than his consultancy which performed contract work.

Nkosi has branded the allegations as false.

“The property in question is a lodge – that is what it was when I bought it, and that is what it is to this day,” said the former SAPS and NPA spokesman.

“The property is operated by one of my companies, The Network Club. It is a venue-for-hire business and hosts parties such as bachelor and bachelorette parties. It also offers short-term accommodation. On the premises are masseuses who offer deep-tissue massage, Swedish massage and sensual massage.”

Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that sex workers “freely plied their trade at the premises in Randburg that also house the offices of Nkosi’s communications company, Makhosini Nkosi & Associates.

“Masseuses who work from the premises are independent adult businesswomen who only pay the lodge for the use of its rooms and their boarding,” said Nkosi.

“They are not employees of The Network Club. Services and payments for such services are negotiated between themselves and their guests and the lodge only gets paid for the use of its facilities at a rate of R200 per hour. There are no illegal activities taking place on the premises. The authorities have visited the property and also found no evidence of any criminality.”

Media reports have linked Nkosi to a place called the Stiletto Ranch. Its website had pictures of sultry young women on it, but all links for information were disabled. The telephone went unanswered at the “massage parlour”.

Nkosi said he wouldn’t comment and was taking legal advice.

 

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