No tease after Lolly Jackson murder

04 May 2010 - 14:11 By Sapa

Teazers across the country were closed following the murder of their owner Lolly Jackson.

Police are hunting the killer who shot Jackson several times before calling the police to report the murder which happened in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.

"Due to respect to family and staff of Lolly Jackson and Teazers, all Teazers will be closed today," read a notice posted on the door of Teazers in Rivonia.

A security guard was posted outside the door and a few staff members went in and out.

Bouquets of yellow and red roses were laid next to the door in honour of Jackson.

On one of the bouquets was card decorated with cherubs. "Mr Jackson, you'll always be a legend in the area, love Rivonians," it read.

Several reporters and photographers waited in the parking lot outside the Teazers watching for signs of activity.

Hundreds of tributes are still pouring in on Jackson’s Facebook wall with some describing the strip club boss as a legend.

His profile, which has more than 2500 friends, states that he is “in an open relationship”, has a child called Manoli Jackson, that his hometown is Bedfordview.

Ekurhuleni police spokeswoman Sergeant Tsholofele Madumo said Jackson had sustained several gunshot wounds and that the crime took place at his friend's house.

Police are still looking for the suspect they believe shot and killed Jackson last night. According to them the suspect is still on the run.

Beeld newspaper said the house was registered in the name of Georgios Toumbis, who put the phone down when contacted by a journalist.

The killer was believed to have called the police to inform them he had shot Jackson and to give them the address of the house.

"Police got the call and then went to the premises and found the house locked. Officers summoned the owner from his business to come and open the premises," said Opperman.

Opperman said that Jackson was shot "several times" and not 15 times as has been reported. Opperman added that an autopsy would be carried out on Jackson to determine exactly how many times he was shot.

Opperman said it was still unclear at what time Jackson was shot, but that police received the call between 7pm and 8pm last night.

Jackson's wife, Demi, had to be assisted by paramedics outside the house.

"Please, no, what was he doing here?" she cried, according to The Citizen.

Opperman said the police could not say if the shooter called from the house.

Teazers spokesman Sean Newman told reporters on the crime scene that Jackson "was a great man with a big heart who gave to charity".

But Jackson's business rival Andrew Phillips had nothing good to say about him.

"I detested the man. He was trash -- a bigot, racist, extortionist, megalomaniac. If there was a pie, he wanted the whole one. I won't pretend I'm shedding a tear," Phillips told The Star newspaper.

"I think the world is better off. He was pollution, there was no other way to describe him. The air has been purified. He was a nasty guy," he added.

A receptionist at the Teazers strip club in Rivonia told Sapa on Tuesday morning that it would be "business as usual" despite his death.

She said the phone rang "every second" as curious members of the public wanted to get more information on the killing of the flamboyant businessman.

"The phone is going off the hook now," she said.