Lolly: ‘My girls were not here to f***’

Over the last two decades Lolly Jackson has burst periodically into the limelight, as regular as clockwork. If it wasn’t a story about the glamour of naked women or Russian dancers, it was about assault or tax evasion. At any rate, his murder on Monday night in Kempton Park has brought him back into the spotlight, again leaving South Africans in two minds about what kind of person the strip-club kingpin really was.

The Mail and Guardian interviewed Jackson at the Rivonia Teazers branch three weeks ago.

An animated, lively man, he was brash, but seemingly straightforward. “I own six clubs. Yes, I am a hard man,” Jackson told the M&G. “My girls were not here to get married, and they were not here to fuck. They were here to work.”

He spoke to us about the fierce competition in the strip-club industry, accusations of abuse and allegations of human trafficking, while maintaining his business was above board. He was due to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on May 6 on charges of extortion, intimidation and crimen injuria.

Manhunt
Jackson was gunned down at a friend’s home on Monday night and police are now hunting the gunman who fled the scene after reporting the crime.

Police spokesperson Colonel Eugene Opperman said on Tuesday the motive was unknown.

“A man phoned police to claim responsibility and is believed to have fled the scene in Jackson’s car,” said Opperman.

Jackson owned a string of high-class strip clubs — Teazers — across Johannesburg and was no stranger to controversy. His love of fast cars landed him in trouble with the law in 2005 when he was caught driving at 249km/h in a Lamborghini. He said he had been on his way to church.

His murder comes 37 days before the Soccer World Cup kicks off in South Africa and has again put a spotlight on the country’s violent crime rates, among the highest in the world. About 50 murders are committed each day, a slightly more than in the United States, which has a population six times larger South Africa’s 50-million people.

Two years ago Jackson was cleared of fraud and immigration contraventions and last year pleaded guilty to assaulting a former employee.

In April he appeared in court on charges of extortion, kidnapping, intimidation and assault. The case related to a fight with a former stripper and Teazers’ dancer.

‘Huge loss’
Close friends of Jackson said on Tuesday they were devasted by his death and considered it a “huge loss to the industry”.

“We are all feeling very emotional; I don’t think there has been one dry eye in this building today,” Teazers spokesperson Sean Newman told the M&G on Tuesday.

“Lolly was considered a bad man, but considering how people feel today, I would be a very happy bad man if I was him.”

Newman said as far as he knew Jackson had never feared for his life.

According to police, Jackson had sustained 15 gunshot wounds and was found in a pool of his blood.

“The investigation we feel is in very capable hands, Colonel Eugene Opperman has been amazing” Newman told the M&G.

The king of tease
Jackson’s friend Annie Baxter told the M&G that she was “feeling very emotional”.

“Some people hated him but most people loved him,” she said.

When Jackson opened his first Teazers in Germiston, 20 years ago, Baxter had a company called Executive Shows which supplied Jackson with dancers.

“I was his agent but we became close friends,” she said.

“He will be missed. He is an icon, a legend and the king of tease.”

Baxter currently runs Show Stoppers, an entertainment company that provides dancers for all occasions and functions.

Funeral plans
Newman said Teazers would “go forward the way he would have wanted us to”.

An autopsy will be performed on Jackson’s body, after which funeral arrangements will be made.

“Once decisions are made, the necessary individuals will be notified,” Newman told the M&G.

Newman said Jackson had been “very happily married”.

Jackson leaves behind his wife Demi, a daughter and two sons.

  • The full interview with Jackson will appear in the May 7 edition of the Mail & Guardian.

  • PW Botha wagged his finger and banned us in 1988 but we stood firm. We built a reputation for fearless journalism, then, and now. Through these last 35 years, the Mail & Guardian has always been on the right side of history.

    These days, we are on the trail of the merry band of corporates and politicians robbing South Africa of its own potential.

    To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

    Agencies Author
    Guest Author
    Boyd Webb
    Guest Author
    Advertisting

    South Africa has been junked

    Treasury says the credit ratings downgrade “could not have come at a worse time”, as country enters a 21-day Covid-19 lockdown with little money saved up

    Mail & Guardian needs your help

    Our job is to help give you the information we all need to participate in building this country, while holding those in power to account. But now the power to help us keep doing that is in your hands

    Press Releases

    The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

    Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

    Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

    Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

    SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

    An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

    20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

    Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

    Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

    Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

    SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

    New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

    Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

    The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories