The glitz and glamour of reality TV have taken a backseat as the stars of Die Real Housewives van Pretoria find themselves at the centre of a legal storm. Peet and Melany Viljoen, known for their appearances on the hit show, face allegations of identity theft in connection with their business venture, Tammy Taylor Nails.

In a plot twist worthy of its own reality show, Tammy Taylor, a renowned US-based nail technician turned entrepreneur, has been pointing fingers faster than you can say mani-pedi.

Taylor has taken to social media to accuse the Viljoens of appropriating her identity, alleging that they have unlawfully used her name, signature, and proprietary formulas to promote their nail salon franchise across South Africa.

In a video posted on her Instagram and YouTube, Taylor claimed that the Viljoens not only stole her identity but also engaged in forgery by signing illegal documents in her name. She further alleged that they have been utilising her trademarks, logos, and copyrights on various social media platforms without authorisation. 

Taylor went so far as to accuse the Viljoens of stalking and has escalated the conflict by filing a lawsuit seeking an eye-watering $100 million in damages.

But hold onto your nail files because the Viljoens aren’t taking this sitting down.

Peet Viljoen has vehemently denied these accusations, asserting that the Viljoens had a preexisting agreement with Taylor to distribute her products in multiple regions, including Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. According to Viljoen, the friction arose when Taylor became apprehensive about the Viljoens’ growing success and purportedly attempted to renegotiate their contract terms.

Viljoen states that Taylor’s recent actions are motivated by fear of competition rather than genuine concerns over identity theft. He maintains that the Viljoens have not violated any agreements and have even improved upon Taylor’s product formulas through their own research and development efforts.

Amidst the escalating tensions, Melany Viljoen has responded by sharing a video from her perspective. With all the flair of a reality TV star, Viljoen declared that she and Taylor were practically BFFs, asserting that she collaborated closely with Taylor in building their respective brands side by side. 


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: I am speaking my truth PART 1 We were lied to: TAMMY FOOLED US The moment my trust was broken: TAMMY SOLD IT TO BILLIE EILISH Carte Blanche: HAPPY SIMELANE Today, we stand firm in our ownership of the Tammy Taylor name in South Africa, ready to confront misconceptions and false narratives head-on. It’s time to set the record straight, to shed light on the reality behind the facade, and to reclaim our narrative. This video is a testament to our journey, our resilience, and our unwavering dedication to the truth. – – – #tammytaylor #tammytaylornails #mytruth

♬ original sound – Mel Viljoen

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Speaking my Truth Part 2 Our journey with Tammy Taylor has been a rollercoaster of shattered trust and broken promises. From false assurances of exclusive product origins to Billie’s story that only confirmed to me Tammy’s betrayal during the COVID-19 pandemic, thus my belief in Tammy’s integrity crumbled because she was still able to fool us in times of need. No more glossing over the facts: it’s time to expose the reality. Part 3 coming soon, Carte Blanche and Happy Simelane – – – #TammyTaylor #mytruth #tammytaylornails

♬ original sound – Mel Viljoen

Unfortunately for the Viljoens, legal experts have weighed in, pointing out that trademark registrations are subject to strict protocols and criteria, which may not align with the Viljoens’ claims.

The Real Housewives of Pretoria stars find themselves embroiled in a high-stakes dispute that has far-reaching implications for their business. The outcome of this legal battle remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: this legal showdown is shaping up to be more riveting than the latest episode of Real Housewives.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Real Housewives of Pretoria: Melany and Peet take the courtroom.