This via iol.co.za:
Johannesburg – Top journalists are among 90 employees left in limbo after being lured to leave their jobs for an alleged bogus new TV channel.
The elaborate scam to swindle small businesses unravelled when some workers went for three months without pay and arrived at a studio with no equipment, after quitting their steady jobs at other media houses.
Channon Merricks, the owner of Vila Kasi Holdings, which was due to launch next month, is accused of not paying staff and contractors who have gone for months without payment and are owed thousands of rand.
He allegedly duped the unsuspecting workers by telling them that he had been awarded a new channel on the DStv MultiChoice platform to run a 24-hour news channel.
Former ANN7 news channel anchor Fahraaz Patel, who spoke on behalf of the workers, said the first group of employees started work in June, while the next group began this month.Full story here: