A fast-food franchisee has obtained an urgent interdict against a former employee who is allegedly trying to extort money from them by threatening to release “damaging” video material about their shop.
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday granted an order, interdicting Zola Tanga from threatening Kitam Foods, which operates a KFC franchise in the Pretoria city centre, and its director Pollie Malatse and from releasing any material or documentation pertaining to the franchise’s business operations.
Malatse said in court papers Tanga had worked at her business in November and December last year, but absconded after a pay dispute as at first he did not receive his salary, and was then short paid.
He did receive a cash payment early in January and was invited to come back to the store to collect his salary, but instead left a copy of a DVD.
It showed, among other things, him at various times during 24- hour shifts not following food preparation procedures.
He left a message that the manager “should not test him”.
When Malatse phoned him to find out what his problem was, he said he was treated very badly by not getting paid for all the hours he worked and threatened to release “very bad information” to the media.
Malatse said she had arranged for him and the store’s manager to meet to verify if he was short paid, but he did not show up and then sent a series of messages to her personal cellphone in which he threatened to damage the name of the store and the KFC brand and demanded payment of R75 000, failing which he would sell his story to the media.
She said it was established that Tanga had in fact been short paid and his salary for January this year was also processed and paid into his account, but he threats continued despite the resolution of his complaints.
Malatse said she had also laid criminal charges against Tanga.