DISCO queen Patricia Majalisa is singing the blues after thieves made off with her two new minibuses this week.
The theft on Tuesday night has set Majalisa back more than R600 000, because the vehicles were not insured when they were stolen.
According to Majalisa’s statement to the police, the two minibuses were simply driven out of the basement parking at her flat in the Joburg CBD. Security personnel at the building did not suspect a thing.
I bought those buses cash three months ago with my last money, a distraught Majalisa told Sunday World.
The former member of Dalom Kids and Splash said she was using the cars to ferry her band around when they had to perform around the continent.
Majalisa, who is still widely celebrated in countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, said she had just returned from performing in Botswana when the buses were stolen.
A band member came to pick up a BMW I had sold to him at about 7pm. I told him to come back the next morning as he seemed drunk. He left and I went to McDonald’s to get food.
He came back the next morning to fetch the car. I walked down with him to the basement where all the cars were parked. I gave him the keys and he left.
It is when I was going back to my apartment that I noticed that the buses were gone. When I asked the security guards, they said they thought they were driven out by my guys as usual, so they never paid much attention,” she said, fighting back tears.
The timing could not have been worse, because she has two tours in southern Africa coming up.
We are going to perform in Botswana in June, then Namibia in August.
It will cost me a lot of money if I have to hire buses to transport my band to these shows. That’s why I had invested in my own transport, she said.
The Gimba and Themba Lami singer said she was pinning her hopes on the police to recover her stolen vehicles.
Joburg police spokesman Xoli Mbele confirmed that Majalisa had opened a case.
It’s a case of motor vehicle theft and the two vehicles in question have not been recovered. The investigation is still ongoing,” said Mbele. THE daughter of former PSL chief executive Joe Ndhlela was involved in a car accident that left three cars damaged.
Nkateko Ndhlela, an operations manager at the National Prosecuting Authority, allegedly rammed into the cars while driving along Chris Hani Road in Soweto earlier this month.
One of the motorists whose car was damaged during the accident is alleging that Nkateko appeared to have been inebriated at the crash scene.
Linda Mpote of Protea Glen, Soweto, claimed that Nkateko’s twin sister, Nyiko, and their father quickly got to the scene and whisked her away.
Mpote, whose Opel Corsa bakkie was damaged during the crash, claimed that Ndhlela told them he was a priest when he got to the scene.
Ndhlela, who was convicted and served time in jail for fraud several years ago, confirmed to Sunday World that his daughter was involved in the accident, but did not entertain claims against him.
I’m saying to you, go back to your people and let them give you a case number. That matter has not appeared before court.
All the four drivers who were involved in the accident have been called by the police.
You will see what happens after it comes out.
I [also] gave the police my details. The matter is sub judice,” said Ndhlela.
He did not respond to allegations that he misrepresented himself to the other drivers.
Diepkloof police spokeswoman Pepi Machloe Mthethwa said: The case has been taken to court and is currently awaiting a decision from the prosecutors.”
Mpote said: I was waiting for the robot to turn green when I heard a loud bang. I got out of the car and found that my car had been hit.
She [Nkateko] was driving a black Mercedes-Benz A-Class and appeared to be intoxicated and not making sense of anything. She hit the taxi next to me, which
hit the car in front of it.
She tried to swerve sideways and that s when she crashed into my car.”
But Nkateko gave Sunday World a different version of events.
I have no idea what you are talking about. I was never in a car accident and I don’t drive the car you are talking about.”
According to Mpote, when Nkateko s family arrived at the scene, they gave her a bottle of water. I asked them why there were giving her water and grabbed the bottle and threw the water out,” he said.
Ndhlela was wearing an ANC T-shirt when he arrived. He… told the car owners that he would pay the excess of their insured cars. He said he was a priest.”
Mpote, who said his car was just over a month old, said the woman was taken away from the scene when he suggested that she be breathalysed.
Bonga Mbatha, another driver whose vehicle was hit after Nkateko crashed into the taxi, said she looked confused after the accident. The lady appeared to be hallucinating and saying that she was being chased by guys in a car. I was driving in my Hyundai with my family when the accident happened,” said Mbatha.
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