Trouble is brewing in media personality Khanyi Mbau's love life, just weeks after she revealed that she was dating Zimbabwean-born millionaire Terrence Kudzai Mushonga.
The star became the envy of many when she showed off her expensive Valentine's Day spoils two weeks ago which included a hotel room filled with 1 250 individually staged red roses and Louis Vuitton bags.
However, it was her new boyfriend who caught the attention of many, leading to revelations that he was allegedly a fugitive in his home country.
Zimbabwe Republic Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who spoke to local press City Press this week revealed that Mushonga has been on the run for almost five years.
"Please be advised that our criminal investigation department has advised us that Mushonga is a wanted person in connection with a report of fraud made by Margaret Chipunza of African Century Limited in 2016," Nyathi said in statement.
According to a report in the The Herald, a state-owned newspaper in Zimbabwe, Mushonga and three accomplices defrauded the microlender of $166 000 (R2.4 million).
It is alleged that the quartet applied for a loan claiming to be owners of a non-existent airline called Dream Airline Company. Nyathi said Mushonga's accomplices were arrested and the matter was still before the country's courts.
Mushonga, who is also known as "Ndege Boy" in his social circles, is said to be living in the country and has been all over Mbau's social media timelines since they started dating recently.
The Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria said it had no knowledge of Mushonga's whereabouts.
"We are not aware of the presence of this individual in South Africa … Once our police and prosecuting authorities are aware of the whereabouts of a fugitive from our due process, they will take steps to have the fugitive arrested and returned to the country to have his day in court," the embassy said.
"These steps could involve a bilateral request from our prosecuting authority to the South African government for what is termed mutual legal assistance in bringing the fugitive to book. The other way could involve police cooperation through the Interpol for the arrest of the fugitive."
Mushonga is popular in Zimbabwean social circles and is a member of an elite group of wealthy men under the age of 40 called "rich gangs'.
The most prominent member of the gang was socialite and entrepreneur Genuine Ginimbi Kadungure who died in an accident last year.
A former journalist in Zimbabwe described Mushonga as the 'Kim Kardashian of Zimbabwe'
"We first got to know him as a forex trader. He is very flashy and used to run very closely in the circles of Ginimbi. We know he is doing well but he has a very low profile this side,' she said.
"Ndege Boy" is reportedly in gas, petroleum and property management businesses. He owns a fleet of luxury vehicles, among them a Rolls Royce, Range Rover, Ferrari and Bentley.
Mbau and Mushonga were not immediately available for comment.