Former ZBC TV, SABC TV and radio news presenter Alyce Chavunduka was recently arrested for not paying her bill at a South African seafood restaurant.
It is alleged that the veteran presenter was at Cape Town Fish Market in Sandton where she ordered food and drinks worth R150.
The order included prawns, calamari and three glasses of dry white wine. She is alleged to have attempted to “flee” after gobbling up the food and knocking back the wine.
Restaurant owner Heinrich Wessels said: “I wasn’t in the restaurant, but the manager called me when Alice gave them a problem. I offered the manager my cellphone to use to let her call around for her friends to come and pay for her. ”
He said Chavunduka then wrote a note on a small piece of paper which she left on the table she was sitting at, saying: “Apologies for inconvenience, Alyce Chavunduka.”
Restaurant manager Charles Makwathi said Chavunduka wanted to leave, but the waiter stopped her and asked her to pay.
“She told the waiter she had no money because she had brought the wrong bag with her,” said Makwathi.
He said she then caused a scene and said they must call the police, who were then called.
Chavunduka was arrested and spent two nights at the Sandton Police Station holding cells because she allegedly could not afford the R500 bail.
She appeared at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court and her case was postponed to latter this month.