Richard Collins, 47, says he was employed by businessman Bevan Jacobs in October as an account executive for his debt review company, Jacobs International (PTY) LTD.
Jacobs was previously accused of conning an indebted woman out of R50 000.
Richards says in October, a person working for Jacobs invited him to apply for a job at the company which was advertised on Gumtree.
“Jacobs contacted me immediately and I started on 22 October. My job entailed me to do sales, debt review and debt review removal.
“My salary was to be R7 500 basic commission and should I close any deals, I would receive a 20% commission,” he explains.
But at the end of November, there was nothing in his bank account.
“On Saturday, 30 November, my three colleagues and I received messages saying there was a problem and we’d have our money by 11am.
“The time came and went and Jacobs was not answering calls.”
He says Jacobs eventually asked for one-on-one meetings at his office in Bellville.
Richard says his colleague’s husband was with and when she became emotional, the man asked Jacobs why they are not getting paid and things went haywire.
“Jacobs struck the husband on the side of his face. He then grabbed a scissor from the kitchen and asked me: ‘wat het jy my nou genoem?’ and I said a blerrie thief. Jacobs told me ‘ek gaan jou steek’. He chased after me with scissors.
“My colleague called the police but Jacobs left. We left soon after as no police pitched.”
Police spokesperson, Mihlali Majikela, says cops responded to the call for help
Jacobs denied chasing Richard with a scissor : “I haven’t been violent with them. They came with a gangster to my office trying to intimidate me.”
He adds Richard was not paid because he failed to make any sales: “We had an agreement of which Richard failed to deliver.”