Paarl venue under fire over Jan Blohm money row

2016-06-02 12:30

Cape Town – Paarl music venue Ou Meul theatre has come under fire for reportedly not paying Afrikaans musician Jan Blohm.

In a post on Facebook on Wednesday, a "fed up" Blohm said that Ou Meul theatre still hasn’t paid him and Neil Nachtrein for their performances at the theatre on 20 and 21 April.

The venue reportedly owed the pair R20 000 for their Blomtrein show. After "numerous conversations" venue owner Michelle Faber finally paid R10 000 into their bank account on Monday night.

The payment comes after, according to Blohm, he received a fake proof of payment message from Michelle on 25 May. Blohm posted a screengrab of the SMS on his Facebook page with the caption: "On the 25th of May a ‘proof of payment’ sms received from Michelle. I went to FNB and according to FNB it is not legit and seems it is false and made up. (SIC)"

"It’s been six weeks of pleading, crying, threatening and fighting for our money. We did our work and complied with our part of the agreement," Blohm says in the post.

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Following the post on social media, Blohm’s booking agent, Zinta Kymdell, confirmed to Channel24 on Thursday that another R5 000 has been paid to Blohm. "Jan confirmed to me that R15 000 has been received in total. Thus, another R5000 is outstanding," said Kymdell.

On Thursday Ou Meul theatre’s venue owner, Faber, told Channel24 that she will admit that the payment to Blohm was late, but that all the money has now been paid. "The full amount has now been paid. I sent them the first proof of payment yesterday, and now I’ve sent them the second proof of payment. I’ve been phoning them to try and get hold of them," Faber said.

Kymdell told Channel24 that she hasn’t received any phone calls from Faber on Thursday as of yet.

In Blohm’s post he explains that the public paid R120 per ticket for the performance and that they took all the risk as they had a door deal agreement with the venue, and didn’t perform for a fixed fee.

Blohm told Channel24 that he is very "disappointed" in this whole money episode with Michelle, and that "it really hurts" especially as he and Neil saw her as a friend and as someone who really looked after them and their interests. 

"I got the feeling that Michelle cared about me and Niel… this whole episode just made me realise again that you can’t trust anyone," Blohm said.

Since the post on social media, Ou Meul theatre’s Facebook page has been flooded with messages asking them to pay Blohm his money.

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