News Cafe dismisses allegations of fraud

A former bartender at the popular cocktail bar and restaurant, News Cafe, has claimed he was "forced" to replace expensive drinks ordered by customers with cheaper makes and was fired as a result.

Tshepo Kekana, wrote an email to Xolani Gwala saying News Cafe fired him after he refused to fill up a bottle of Skyy Vodka with Russian Bear which is a cheaper option.

This has been happening for years. I kept quiet for five months.

Tshepo Kekana, former News Cafe bartender

After reading Kekana's email on air, Xolani Gwala received several calls and messages accusing News Cafe of serving the wrong drinks...

I have sent back a couple of drinks back at News Cafe, especially wine where you can taste the difference.

Abigail, SMS

However, operations executive at Fournews Developments, holding company for News Cafe, Ryan Pellat, says Kekane was a disgruntled employee who was dismissed for frequent late coming.

In terms of that claim that he was fired for refusing to take an instruction, yes I would say he is lying.

Ryan Pellat, operations executive at 4 news

Pellat says they will conduct a full investigation to find out whether the claims are true or not...

In the interim, we have looked at some information and figures we have access to. There doesn't seem to be anything too suspicious at this stage. But, obviously with such a serious accusation being made, we will need to investigate the matter further.

Ryan Pellat, operations executive at Fournews Developments

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