Money is that one thing which doesn’t come easy, for some, one has to think twice before spending it, the worst part is when someone just helps him/ herself with one's hard earned cash, Tebogo “PinkyGirl” Mekgwe would tell how painstaking that is.
She recently lost R6 000, after a debit card fraudster withdrew the money from her bank account.
Tebogo who looked unease told a local publication, that she got alerts on her mobile phone that someone had fraudulently withdrawn R6 000 from her bank account.
“I am so stressed, you have no idea. This person started with R100, then R3 000 and another R3 000. I had to call the bank now and block my card.
“I am very careful with money and I work hard for it,” Pinky Girl told DRUM. “For someone to just come and take what’s mine is hurtful.”
She has never suffered an act of being defraud before, but it has happened close, her cousin Bonang Matheba, lost about R75 000 from which was unlawfully withdrawn from her account.
As the interview progressed over a cup of strong coffee taken alongside a cigarette, Pinky Girl regained composure becoming as active as she has been known for, explained her newly found love for DJing. She was in cloud nine explaining how she had finally found what she loves best, adding that her career was taking shape.
When she first propped up on Being Bonang, fans interrogated what she did for a living. Pinky Girl held down an eight hour working day job at an IT company for seven years before resigning in 2018.
“I quit when my colleagues realised I was related to Bonang,” she told the magazine. “Some started acting awkward. They would even say, ‘Your cousin is rich, why doesn’t she give you money and you can quit your job? I’m a grown woman. Yes Bonang pays for some things, but I can’t ask her for money all the time.”
She was getting a torrid time by her female counterparts who teased her for having to work while not tapping from her rich cousin.
Pinky Girl (31) had a good relationship with her cousin Bonang there enjoyed each other's company to the extent that some people used to mock Pinky Girl as Bonang’s handbag alleging that all she could do was hanging around her like a parasite.
After quitting her job, she spent six months as if in a wilderness, without any focus, lacked vision about her career. She could only live on making guest appearances at gigs, parties, and the like, however, she was not enjoying that type of making ends meet.
Finally, Pinky Girl has found her life's purpose in DJing. “I’ve been practising so hard on my DJing skills, and because I’m a technical person, I picked up a lot in the first week,” she told DRUM magazine.
Her mentor is DJ Mix, whom she grew up seeing in Pretoria and he was one of the best DJs, and became her role model. He had noticed she could make a good DJ if only she had time and focus on her career.
“He approached me a few months back offering to teach me. I was bored at home because we hadn’t started shooting the third season of Being Bonang, so I took the opportunity,” she said.
She used the interval breaks between shooting scenes for the reality TV show, currently being shown on DStv’s 1Magic channel, Pinky Girl to perfect her new skills at Real Record in Pretoria. In the process collecting music and preparing her play lists.
“I love very mellow House music and songs that people can sing along to. I haven’t yet played at clubs, but I’ve started taking bookings,” she added beaming with confidence.
She doesn’t want to be carried away by fame, and put herself under undue pressure, but admitted that being cousin to someone one popular comes with a lot of pressure of its own.
She ruled out trying to be her cousin's copycat, though many wished her to be like Bonang.
“People expect me to behave like her, be loud, bubbly and always look stylish,” Pinky Girl said.
“But I am chilled, I’m a Pretoria kasi girl. I am simple and down to earth. I can chill on an electric box in the township. I can’t put myself under pressure to try and be like my cousin. She’s not my friend, she is my blood. I can’t compare myself to her.”
She gave credit to her cousin for helping her with the platform to shine by allowing her to be on her show (Being Bonang). She also highlighted how gained exposure by accompanying her cousin on international trips.
“My first trip was Paris and I loved it,” she says. “New York was too much, it’s too busy, there’s too much noise and the smell isn’t nice. I don’t like Dubai, it’s too glam, but I love Lagos in Nigeria,” she recalled.
She is ambitious about exploring much in her career and uplifting others.
Her next port of call is to establish women empowerment seminars and she is eyeing to launch a beauty range in 2020. She would bank on her found fame from the reality show as a foundation upon which she would build greater things. She is overwhelmed by her popularity in the short period of time she featured in Being Bonang.
She described herself as a simple girl who even forego putting on makeup.
The two cousins grew up together, and though she’s an only child, she considers and treat Bonang (32) as her big sister.
Sometimes they fight just like any sisters do, for her that is quite normal. “But we don’t argue for too long,” PinkyGirl said. “I give her space when she goes crazy. I just keep quiet because I know she’s dramatic.”
Pinky Girl’s parents, mother Pertunia and father Phinius Kesebone Mekgwe, both teachers, support her new career as a celebrity.
She is grateful for that, and does her best to help as she can, helping with chores when around so as to make them proud and happy.
Love life, she is not that into it as for now, but would love someone who is simple, who doesn’t take popularity too seriously. She ruled out putting up with returnees in love, who now like to come back to her because of her popularity. She vowed not to take that whatsoever.