While “Bad Rasta” JP Ras Levi Victor is infamous in the Cannabis community for his abusive rants and as such has virtually no credibility left, his antics have recently spread beyond the Cannabis community and his delinquent behaviour is now affecting the lives of good people whom I hold dear. In light of the above, I submit this statement of truth to stand as a public record of events.
JP approached me on Facebook in July 2016 expressing extreme dismay with his current business partners and virtually begged me to come and work with me. He presented himself as an experienced and skilled horticulturalist with much of his own equipment. I had recently initiated a project in rural KZN which required a person with the skills he purported to have and we came to an arrangement. I relocated JP along with his 9 dogs and possessions at my own cost to the site where he enjoyed the full protection of the local chief along with free housing and electricity in September 2016 and the project commenced.
Initially all went well though I did notice bipolar behaviour on his part. He was prone to extreme temper outbursts during which he would hurl abuse at all present as well as his dogs but when one of the dogs ate rat poison which he had left lying around, he cried like a baby. I was aware of his history of hard drug abuse and one of the preconditions of our arrangement was that he would undergo a medicine plant assisted cleanse at Iboga Solar Fire. This cleansed was to be paid out of the first turnover of our new venture.
The project was funded in part by myself and in part by another friend who decided to leave after a particularly abusive outburst by JP only a few weeks into the project. This person is still owed his initial investment. I continued funding the project from my pocket. This constituted driving a 600km round trip every week to deliver food for JP as well as his 9 dogs, several emergency trips to haul water, deal with issues which arose with the local community and once to fetch the dog he had poisoned and get it to a vet, all of which I paid for. This running expense extended from October 2016 until our first turnover in March 2017.
During this time it transpired that JP had misrepresented his skill level and was not able to function in the role for which he was brought on board for. He told me that he could propagate plants but this turned out to be untrue. He did however step into other roles and I was OK with that as I managed to arrange for propagation elsewhere.
I contacted Rhoda Mercuria and she very kindly and against policy arranged that JP could go on his cleanse with only a 50% deposit being put down and an agreement to pay off the balance. A date was set, travel costs paid for and arrangements were made.
The day prior to his departure, I received a message from him stating that he was not going to attend the cleanse, citing several feeble reasons, among others that he didn’t want me to be saddled with the responsibility of caring for his dogs – something which I did not mind at all. Much to my embarrassment I was forced to inform Rhoda that JP would not be attending the cleanse after all. I realised that she had turned other people away for those dates and had already purchased the medicines needed for his cleanse and as such did not even think to discuss the deposit as it was forfeit in my mind. Furthermore, I still owed Rhoda money from a prior arrangement and I was happy for this to go towards that debt and the books to be balanced with JP by offsetting my costs incurred to date – non of which I had claimed back yet.
During the following months JP’s temper and extreme bipolar states became unbearable to the point that I decided to leave the project after the next milestone which was a couple of months away. I could no longer bear to be in his presence and suspected that he was using hard drugs again. I did what I thought was the kind thing and told him that I was dismayed with the community and wanted to leave. We agreed on an exit strategy whereby he would stay on site and finish up to a milestone point while I would continue supporting the project financially. We agreed that he would receive a larger percentage of the next turnover for work rendered on his own.
The following week I started receiving abusive messages from JP accusing me of not pulling my weight and accusing me of stealing money from the project. I spent hours going through the accounts with him but he is incapable of logical and constructive discourse. Eventually, out of sheer desperation I told him that he can have everything. I would not claim any of my input costs or running costs incurred and I didn’t want my share of the turnover. The only condition was that he honor the debts incurred to the initial investor and the contracted propagator as well as a debt to a mutual friend whose money was also used in the project. JP was left with more than a million Rand’s worth of material and crops while I walked away with nothing other than an extreme sense of gratitude to be rid of his psychotic presence in my life.
It seems that his misrepresentation of his skills was even more profound as he seems to have ruined the crop and is now desperate for money.
He contacted Rhoda and myself and claimed that the deposit for the cleanse should be returned in full to him. I replied that our accounts are balanced and closed and that the deposit was forfeit as far as I was concerned but that it was ultimately Rhoda’s decision. Rhoda contacted me and said she wants to return the deposit but I told her that I am not OK with it as JP got the entire business, including my investments and that I want the deposit to go towards her as payment for previous cleanses. My losses in the project outweighed the deposit a hundredfold and as a matter of principle I was not going to let him get that as well as I felt it was more deserved and needed for the great work done by the ISF crew.
Unbeknownst to me JP kept on sending extremely abusive messages to Rhoda and seems to have embarked on a smear campaign against Rhoda and ISF in general. This has now come to my attention and prompted me to make this statement. Rhoda Mercuria owes JP Ras Levi Victor no money. The deposit which he is hounding her for was 50% mine to start off with and the 50% to which he might have been entitled has been offset a thousandfold by my losses.
This man is a soul in serious pain. His abuse of, among other things, crystal meth has caused extreme psychosis. He is capable of violence, proud of the fact and often threatens to do violence agains those he perceives as having wronged him and they are many…. I was foolish to think that I could help him and regret ever introducing him to the impeccable humans at Iboga Solar Fire.
I will be happy to speak directly to anyone wanting further information and can be contacted directly on qholloi at gmail dot com.