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Sunday World - - News - SIXOLISIWE NDAWO SIXOLISIWE NDAWO

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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