R10 000 bill

R10 000 bill at Habanero Menlyn restaurant. Image via Twitter

‘Customers must pay upfront’: Tweeps on Menlyn restaurant bill

South Africans took to social media to react to Habanero Menlyn restaurant’s R10 000 bill that went viral on Twitter this week.

R10 000 bill

R10 000 bill at Habanero Menlyn restaurant. Image via Twitter

Social media users were divided over Habanero Menlyn restaurant’s R10 000 bill that went viral on Monday, 20 March.

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While Habanero Menlyn restaurant released a joint statement with their customer Mr Sekujwane Mofokeng and their waitress Olwethu on Wednesday, 22 March to set the record straight on the R10 000 bill, tweeps reckon all South African restaurants should introduce a stricter payment system that won’t allow customers to leave without paying. 

@IconikEvans tweeted: “Once the order goes past 5k, they gotta have a security guard/bouncer designated to that table. How are these pubs falling for the same finesse?”

@tofolux3 said: “Going forward, restaurants should ring up the order, insist on payment and only after payment, you then serve/supply. Even if they order 100 times then so be it, rather ring up on till then pay than allow for skelms to con you. It’s done elsewhere.”

A tweep @magadi_nkele said AdvoBarryRoux should take down the post since the bill was settled and the customer learned his lesson:

“Good Morning. What happened indeed was bad . But since the bill was settled yesterday in the evening . Can you kindly take down the post . The post has done its work, they paid and learnt a lesson . Thanks.”

@thokzicbase tweeted: “It’s high time customers pay upfront for the service, the employees can’t be punished for something they have no control over.”

ALSO READ: ‘I paid R3700’: Menlyn restaurant waitress on ‘unpaid’ R10 000 bill


Hebanero Menlyn restaurant management assured South Africans and their customers in their Instagram statement that Mr Sekujwana Mofokeng is their customer and not a thug and that he’s apologised to their waitress Olwethu for not returning the next day to settle the entire R10 000.

“Mr S Mofokeng is a Hebanero customer like any other customer and not a thug. On that evening him and a group of friends had a bill of R10 000. Mr S Mofokeng paid an amount of R5 000 towards the bill and his friends paid R1500, however there was an outstanding amount of R3700 which could not be settled and that’s where the issue started between the customer Mr S Mofokeng and Olwethu the waiter. Mr S Mofokeng agreed with the waitress to return the following day too settle the bill. Unfortunately, he did not return. After trying to reach Mr S Mofokeng for several days with no success, Olwethu then confided in an individual named Aiden Chaggie @tinachaggie who in turn sent a factually incorrect story to his friend @AdvoBarryRoux and it was posted on Twitter by both @AdvoBarryRoux and Aiden Chaggie @tinachaggie.”

Habanero restaurant also rubbished claims that they ever forced any waitress to settle any bill let alone Olwethu, who’s a valuable team member.


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