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BLACK Leop­ards boss Tshifhiwa Thi­diela will be cow­er­ing be­hind his fa­ther like a fright­ened leop­ard when they play Jomo Cos­mos at Giyani Sta­dium on Tues­day.

This is af­ter a Jozi taxi owner, Ja­cob Mu­laudzi told him the grass

“will suf­fer when they cross paths.

” Mu­laudzi hails from Venda, a heart­beat from Giyani.

The two have been at each other s throats over the own­er­ship

’ of a taxi that plies its trade in Jozi.

And as their dis­pute reaches boil­ing point, it ap­pears Mu­laudzi will need some­one to back him up as Tshifhiwa s fa­ther David Thi­diela

’ has al­legedly en­tered the fray, threat­en­ing to de­stroy Mu­laudzi if he harms his son.

Re­lat­ing the mat­ter to Sun­day World, Mu­laudzi says Chief, as Tshifhiwa is fondly known in the foot­ball or­bit, bought a taxi to trans­port his ex-wife, Afro-pop singer Madu­vha Madima for busi­ness trips about four years ago.

Af­ter he and Madu­vha drifted apart, the taxi be­came a white ele­phant. Mu­laudzi said Chief asked him if he could rank with it.

“” The taxi pi­rated be­tween “‘ ’ Alexan­dra and Soweto. Af­ter a few months Chief told me he was hav­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems and wanted to sell the taxi. I told him I will set­tle the out­stand­ing bal­ance as the bank was threat­en­ing to re­pos­sess it,” says Mu­laudzi.

He claims Chief told him to pay R27 000 into a Stan­nic ac­count, which he did. Sun­day World has seen proof of pay­ment. He then said “be­cause the taxi was worth more than the set­tle­ment amount I paid, I should keep it and de­posit money into his ac­count for a year so that we can buy more taxis, which I also did. I paid R500 into his ac­count ev­ery day, he says. ” Mu­laudzi says all hell broke loose early this year when he asked Chief to show him the bank bal­ance so they could de­posit an­other taxi. He told me he didn t have “’ money. He asked me to bring the taxi to him to re­paint be­cause it had many dents. He sent some­one to fetch it but did not re­turn it. When I asked him where the taxi was, he told me it was his and that he could do as he pleased with it.” Sun­day World saw SMS ex­changes be­tween Chief and Mu­laudzi.

Mu­laudzi: I need my R27 000.” Chief: I don t owe

“you any­thing, this is my taxi and I can do as I please with it.”

Mu­laudzi says he then phoned David to in­ter­vene but he spewed bile. He told me his “son doesn t owe me

’ and that if I touch him he will de­stroy me.

I told Chief that “wher­ever we meet the grass will suf­fer.”

Chief con­firmed that Mu­laudzi paid R27 000 into his ac­count, but said that was for ar­rears in­curred by Mu­laudzi.

He also con­firmed that he took the taxi be­cause Mu­laudzi was vi­o­lat­ing their agree­ment.

He was sup­posed to pay me “R12 000 ev­ery month, R6 000 of which was to be for in­stal­ments but he skipped pay­ments.”


OB­JECT OF WRATH: Tshifhiwa Thi­diela

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