THE haves and the have nots?
A director at a prominent restaurant in the resort town of Victoria Falls, John Mpofu is at loggerheads with his two partners Ilan Wiesenbacher and Martin Pieters who are reportedly renting a plush house for the company’s head chef while he (Mpofu) lives in squalor.
Mpofu, the original proprietor of what was Sankai Restaurant before the two came on board to form Three Monkeys Restaurant said when the two joined they promised to build a house for him as part of their investment into the business.
“They came on board in 2016 and part of our agreement was that they should build a house for me. But to my surprise they instead rented a house belonging to Wiesenbacher’s aunt for the head chef Gregory Paymens,” he said.
Mpofu rents a two-roomed house at Mfelandaweni Township while Paymens rentals cost around $1 500.
Such is the story of Mpofu — father to musicians Skhu and POZee who once dumped their careers to work with their father in making something out of Sankai Restaurant.
Mpofu was to heave a sigh of relief when his two partners approached him with capital injection to make his dream of being a big shot businessman come true. But that was not to be.
“If you don’t know any better by looking at the way I dress you would think I am a floor employee, probably the least paid when in reality I am a director. Paymans is easily recognised as a director yet he works for me!” he added.
Mpofu accuses his partners of racism along with other former employees who have since taken Three Monkeys to court in an assault case.
Paymans stands accused of assaulting and insulting Nkosikhona Ndlovu who at the time was a waiter.
The case is to be heard on 20 March presided over by Magistrate Lindiwe Maphosa.
Paymans, Pieters and Wiesenbacher declined to comment.
“I will not comment on anything pertaining to this issue,” said Pieters.