TVI South Africa play race card as regulators close in
You’ve been running your TVI Express business for about a year now. During this time you’ve seen neighbouring countries strike out against TVI, labeling it a pyramid scheme or money game scam.
Still, nobody’s said anything in your country yet so, perhaps with a little more caution, you continue to publicise your business and recruit new members.
Finally, when the regulators in your country do announce an investigation into TVI, do you
a. Accept that what happened elsewhere is most likely going to happen in your country?
b. continue to promote TVI and hope for the best? or
c. play the race card?
If you live in South Africa, the answer is of course ‘c’.
Yesterday the South African Reserve bank announced that it had launched an investigation into TVI Express. The investigation came after TVI was being promoted in South Africa as able to ‘make millionaires of everyone who joins‘.
Naturally this claim is dubious and understandably South African authorities have a duty to investigate if this claim is being widely used to promote TVI Express.
In response to this investigation, seeing that trying to defend TVI’s obviously unusustainable recruitment driven business model didn’t work out to well in neighbouring Namibia, TVI Express South Africa members decided to take a different approach;
Anyone against TVI Express you see, is ‘against black people becoming wealthy‘.
Yes, they went and played the race card insinuating that critics of TVI Express can be easily dismissed as nothing more than racists.
So how do you respond to something like that?
The answer is you don’t.
In a country where apartheid (white people ruling black people at the expense of the black majority’s basic human rights) are barely two decades old, the memories of having your rights curtailed is obviously still raw in a lot of people’s minds.
Frankly it’s outrageous that TVI Express members in South Africa would seek to defend the TVI by exploiting something as racially charged as apartheid.
What on Earth does race or the color of your skin have to do with analysing a business a model and establishing whether it’s illegal or not?
The South African Reserve Bank investigation comes just months after the South African Department of Trade declared TVI Express a pyramid scheme in South Africa, and that they ‘intended to launch criminal proceedings against the company and its distributors‘.
These criminal proceedings seem to be well under way with just yesterday Provincial police spokesperson, Col Vincent Mdunge stating that ‘TVI Express a genuine scam. We are going to get to the bottom of it‘.
Not too familiar with South African law I’m not sure what the Reserve Bank’s investigation covers, but I assume it’s to do with the continued recruiting to TVI (specifically financial transactions between members) despite the pyramid scheme ruling.
Meanwhile what’s with the bizarre manner in which TVI Express is being promoted in South Africa?
Siya Mhlongo, a presenter of a religious programme at Igagasi 99.5 FM, led the charge in a (TVI) event that often sounded like a church festival.
He was followed by celebrity pastors and motivational speakers Sithembiso Zondo and Thomas Hadebe, amid singing, chanting and clapping from the audience, attracted by the “how to become a millionaire banners”.
Celebrity pastors, religious leaders, chanting, singing and clapping?!
…sounds more like a dangerous cult than a business opportunity.
Ah, the standard “you’re a conspiracy of the rich to keep us poor” excuse… Standard cult paranoia. I’ve identified it being very similar to pseudo-science cults.
Oh, and more fun. Do you think TVI Express will open an office in South Africa like this member said “coming March 2011”? ;D
Lol, there’s so much misinformation out there about TVI spread by its members, it’s incredible.
Keep up the good work and congrats on your mention in the recent Indonesian report.
What is happening around Polokwane with TVI Express today? Rumours?
Does it matter? Ministry of Trade, National bank, AND the police are after TVI Express. What do you need rumors for?
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Oh, read the comments here, about TVI Express participants are encouraged to go to the bank, take out loans, to feed the TVI Express pyramid, usually by buying multiple memberships.
One last bit of news I dug up… Some TVI Express supporters claim TVI Express is registered in the UK as “TVI Services” (a statement NEVER confirmed by TVI Express).
Guess what, that company was dissolved 08-MAR-2011.
But TVI Express is not going to give up the lie that it’s “headquartered in London, UK”.
Newsflash: South Africa Police arrested TVI Express members for running pyramid scheme. The arrestees are then released on bail. Participants remain nonrepentant, still claims TVI Express is legitimate, and supporters offered hugs.
Yeah I was just about to head to work when that headline came across my radar!
How deluded are TVI South Africa members?!
What’s REALLY pathetic… South African Forum dismissed TVI Express as scam back in SEPTEMBER 2010.
They even caught the CitizenCorp guy double-dealing TVI Express. 😀
dont talk bullshit about tvi express,why dont you start you own network,you sound greedy and selfish
all of you nonsense
Go tell that to the government, you brave little man. Did you not get the news that South Africa police ARRESTED three guys for running TVI Express back in May 2011?
What’s that American TV Show? Oh yes.
What you gonna do
What you gonna do
What you gonna do when they come for you!
Just got more news… ANOTHER THREE TVI Express frauds sentenced in CHINA. I’ll post a link later.
I think you’re confusing jealousy with disapproving of an MLM company because it’s a pyramid scheme.
I’ve certainly got no desire to start up my own TVI Express’esque network.
Here you go: 3 more TVI Express pyramiders sentenced to jail in China, and pay reparations:
“The court sentenced to imprisonment for one year and two months Wen Yu, and fined 20,000 yuan; Yang Rui sentenced to one year imprisonment suspended for two years and fined 10,000 yuan; sentenced Zheng Zhi to one year imprisonment suspended for two years and fined 10,000 yuan.”