Generations: The Legacy actress Letoya Makhene-Pulumo was allegedly left stranded next to a petrol station after she and her wife Lebo Keswa-Pulumo's night out at Montecasino in Fourways last month.
City Press has learnt that the celebrity couple was unable to pay a R2 000 bill they had run up at the Fireroom Sushi Restaurant.
Sources close to them have claimed that Makhene-Pulumo and Keswa-Pulumo were having a good time at the fancy restaurant, but when it was time to pay the bill, they allegedly did not have money.
"Letoya and Lebo were at Fireroom restaurant having fun, but when they had to pay the R2 000 bill, they didn't have money," said an insider who works in the TV industry.
"They called me saying they were calling other friends of theirs to bail them out. I was shocked when these people called me, requesting me to e-wallet them cash. What kind of people are these who go out and run a bill of R2 000 while knowing that they don't have the money to pay?"
According to another source close to the couple, the drama continued at a nearby petrol station.
"I received calls and messages from Lebo and Letoya asking me to send them money. Later, Letoya called me telling me that Lebo had left her at the garage. She had disappeared and was nowhere to be found.
"Letoya was crying. She even told me that she didn't have money for an Uber. I really felt sorry for her as she was telling me what had happened," said the source.
When City Press sent Makhene-Pulumo questions via a messenger app, she denied being the owner of the cellphone number. She said that the number belonged to her business, House of Kgwedi, which she uses to sell her traditional medicines and concoctions
Later, the couple sent a response via their lawyer, Thato Mmamadi of AMS Attorneys.
"In respect of the above, we wish to advise that our clients' rights remain strictly reserved at all times and what is contained below should not be construed as a limitation of any of their rights in turn. "Our clients confirm that they settle their dining bills and as to the specific bill [Fireroom] mentioned, our clients confirm to have settled such a bill.
"Confirmation may be sought from the restaurant under discussion," said Mmamadi.
On the claims that Keswa-Pulumo had left her wife stranded near the N1 highway, Mmamadi said: "Our clients have no recollection of the incident. Unfortunately, we cannot comment on such an incident as it had not taken place. We record that the above communication and questions were directed to a business number used by our clients for internal business communication.
"It is our trust that the above answers will be afforded your consideration in publishing any intended articles in line with journalistic standards," the lawyer wrote.
A waitress at the Fireroom restaurant said: "I was working that night and I know about the incident, but speak to the manager."
She then gave the phone to a colleague, who claimed to be a manager: "I can't comment on that issue as it's a sensitive matter. In fact, I was not on duty."
Albert Huva, who the couple's lawyers had identified as their contact at the restaurant, confirmed that Makhene-Pulumo and Keswa-Pulumo had dined at Fireroom.
"I was not on duty on the night the couple was there. However, based on the report I received, the couple paid their bill," Huva said.