Former Miss South Africa Cindy Nell-Roberts says she is ready for war after being accused by Ms South Africa 2020 finalist Chandré Goosen of embezzling funds, raised for her non-profit charity Women4Women.

Nell-Roberts, who is the charity director of the non-profit organization focused on empowering women, uplifting the community and educating young people, was ordered by the High Court to hand over the financial statements of the organization to Goosen.

Goosen asked the Western Cape High Court for help after Nell-Roberts refused to release Women4Women’s financial records for 2019, 2020 and 2021. She accused the former Miss South Africa and wife of business to use the money collected for the organization for personal expenses.

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According to a report by Report, Goosen claims financial records show Nell-Roberts used W4W funds to pay school fees of R11,200 and R8,000 for a child’s birthday party. She also claims that Nell-Roberts paid for her personal trainer with charity money.

Nell-Roberts applauded these claims, saying she is tired of defending herself against Goosen’s claims and that if Goosen wants a war, she will get one.

“I have taken a step back so far. At first, I thought I would just send her all the documents, because she had already done so much damage on social media to put W4W and me in a bad light. I have sought legal advice on this so that I don’t just lay down and appeal the case,” the socialite said.

Nell-Roberts said Goosen has already put her children’s lives at risk after revealing the name of their school on social media.

“It’s personal information. Kidnappings in the country have risen sharply and the information can be used to determine where I and my children are. It’s very disturbing.”

Nell-Roberts says she doesn’t know what Goosen expects of her, adding that Goosen is using her name to gain fame.

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“She twists all the information she has on social media to get attention. She savors every moment. She draws circles around bank statements and says I’m using W4W money for Uber rides and games online video. W4W is a non-profit organization, but we still have to spend money. Uber rides and other expenses are not for me.

Nell-Roberts says she has enough money and doesn’t need to take money from W4W.

However, she said Report through her legal representative that she accidentally paid for personal expenses from the W4W account because her banking app loads a standard account, which you must physically modify before making a payment.

Goosen, who was the public’s choice for Ms South Africa last year but was named Ms Charity instead, said she would not put R2m behind the legal costs if not is not for a good cause. “It’s not about the person, it’s about the cause,” she said.

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Goosen says many women have been hurt by this “slave labor” used for the contest to raise money for a charity that is supposed to empower women, but does not.

“If Cindy is appealing the case, it shows she has something to hide.”

Goosen says Cindy can’t blame him for revealing the name of his kids’ school.

“If Cindy hadn’t used W4W money to pay for her kids’ tuition, the name of the school wouldn’t have been known,” she said.

She says it was not necessary to use Cindy’s name for fame. “Cindy is not everything. I don’t want to be like her. I work honestly to take care of my children. I don’t abuse others for my own gain. If you look at the number of subscribers I have have on Instagram, there is no reason for me to use the name Cindy, I have 242,000 followers and she only has 51,000 followers.

* Compiled by Xanet Scheepers