The New York-based founder and CEO of fast food chain Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, reportedly killed himself inside his Bronx factory on Saturday December 2nd.
57-year-old Lowell Hawthorne, allegedly shot himself to death inside the Bronx factory, at the Park Ave. disclose near E. 173rd St. in Claremont about 5:30 p.m. He also left a note which is yet to be disclosed.
Police reports say, Hawthorne who emigrated to the United States from Jamaica and opened his first Golden Krust operation in 1989, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The authorities also revealed that he was deep in tax debt and was being sued by a former staffer for thousands in lost wages, court records show.
Lowell Hawthorne was “worried” about the liens, which included more than $150,000 in city taxes on the company’s buildings, a police source said.
In addition to Hawthorne’s state tax issues, it was revealed that a former maintenance staffer was suing him in Manhattan Federal Court. One-time employee Robert Wray said he was never paid for the overtime he worked during his 11-year tenure.
Wray’s May 8 lawsuit contends more than 100 other Golden Krust staffers were similarly stiffed on OT.
The Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill is known for its beef patties, which later grew into a franchise that now includes more than 100 stores in nine states.
EFF demands the sacking of South Africa’s finance minister Nene.
South Africa’s political players are headed for a collision course over the fate of the finance minister, who the Treasury on Tuesday said is traveling to Indonesia for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting.
Pressure has been piling on finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to resign, following his disclosure to the state-capture inquiry commission, that he had met the Gupta brothers between 2010 and 2013.
The Business Day on Monday reported that Nene had asked president Cyril Ramaphosa to relieve him of his duties as finance minister.
Ramaphosa’s office responded and said they were not aware of Nene’s request.
And on Tuesday, Treasury spokesman Jabulani Sikhakhane said the finance minister was expected to arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday.
Nene is also expected to read the mid-term budget later this month.
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The news that Nene is continuing with his duties is likely to anger opposition supporters including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), whose leader, Julius Malema on Monday asked Ramaphosa to sack Nene.
In a written letter to Ramaphosa, Malema argued that the country, whose economy is in recession, had very serious challenges that needed a credible finance minister to address them.
‘‘Public servants at all spheres and levels of government will have no obligation to responsibly manage state fiscal resources under a compromised minister of finance,’‘ Malema said.
He then added that that Nene can no longer inspire much needed confidence to revive the economy.
‘‘The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS)‚ which is supposed to be a statement to build confidence amongst all important economic role players‚ cannot‚ and should not‚ be delivered by a minister who was part of the Gupta criminal syndicate.”
For the EFF, Nene’s position as finance minister is no longer tenable and they are determined to win what they are now calling a battle.
Malema had threatened on Sunday that streets protests might be organised to demand for the removal of Nene as finance minister.
The Gupta brothers are accused of using their friendship with former president Jacob Zuma to influence government decisions including unfairly winning state contrcats.
Both Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.
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South Africa: Ex-minister reveals Zuma’s Gupta deals.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Wednesday he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to approve contracts that would financially benefit the Gupta family, friends of Zuma accused of corruption.