Mbau’s Namibia terror
Music promoters bay for Khanyi's blood
NGWAKO MALATJI QUEEN of Bling Khanyi Mbau apparently danced her way out of trouble when police and angry music promoters jostled to “sort her out” last Saturday.
Were it not for her ex-manager, Malcom X, whom she allegedly used as the scapegoat for her sins, Mbau would be in a Namibian jail for theft under false pretence or returning to South Africa in a coffin.
The Afro-house songbird was allegedly threatened with bodily harm by music promoters. She allegedly left them high and dry after they had paid her R12 500 to perform at their gig in 2010.
She was to have shared the stage with Namibian kwaito artist The Dogg in Windhoek.
The Dogg said he was to perform alongside Mbau, but she allegedly marooned them at the eleventh hour.
He confirmed that a case was opened against Mbau, but referred all enquiries to his business partner, Jason Haipinge of Motion Promotions
The promoter confirmed that he opened a case of theft under false pretence against Mbau, and that she was questioned by police upon her arrival in Windhoek last week.
“She told the police that Malcom X did not give her the money we deposited into his account.
“We want our money back because we are not a charity organisation, ” he said.
Last week’s incident happened after the businessmen slapped Mbau with a R250 000 lawsuit for the damages they suffered as a result of her “failure to pitch up” for the show.
He could not confirm or deny whether they will now set their sights on Malcom X. “We are not going to take this lying down. That I can tell you. ” Haipinge said they pressed criminal charges against Mbau after she ignored their writ to refund them their R12 500 and the other loses they suffered as a result of “her failure to pitch”.
“We later met in a Joburg hotel in 2012, where she apologised and asked us to give her another date. But we pulled out of the deal when she demanded that we should arrange a camel to carry her from the airport to the city.
“Her demands were ridiculous, so we instructed our lawyers to deal with her,” he said.
When Haipinge heard that Mbau was coming to Namibia last week, he contacted Malcom X.
He told him to tell Mbau to wire their money into his account before landing at the airport – and threatened to take the law into his hands if she failed to do so.
“That ’ s all I said, but I did not threaten to harm her,” he said.
Hapinge and his business associates went to the airport to confront Mbau but when they arrived, she had already left for her hotel.
They heard that Mbau was conducting an interview at a local radio station but upon their arrival, she had already left the premises.
Hapinge said they were told that Mbau had left for a salon to do her nails and they immediately headed there but were also unlucky.
He said his business partner, known only as Knowledge, and the police finally cornered Mbau at a restaurant, after she had also evaded them at a function where a new TV channel was launched.
“But she told them that Malcom X did not give her the money,” he said.
Malcom X confirmed that he received a call from Haipinge, who allegedly threatened to harm Mbau if she did not pay him back their money.
“I told him that I’m no longer managing Khanyi, but warned him that South Africans would reciprocate if they harmed her.
“He then told me that the police had detained her for theft, but released her after she told them that she did not know about the money.
“She lied to them. She knows about the money and the lawsuit that emanated from her failure to go to the show,” he said.
Malcom X said Mbau took the money and went to France for a holiday.
“We met with them in Montecasino two years later, where she apologised and asked for a second date. But instead of going to Namibia, she went to the US with her boyfriend,” he said.
Mbau has launched a scathing attack on Malcom X. She accused him of trying to have her arrested on false charges. She denied that she was questioned by the police.
“I have been falsely arrested before, when Malcom X tipped-off Theunis Crous about where I lived five years ago. So I have enough trauma and drama from my former manager,” she said.
Mbau said Malcom X pulled the same stunt on her when they were travelling to Botswana with her manager Linda Moeketsi, to attend an event.
“Malcom X had tried to bar us from going, saying I may get arrested due to his association with someone there. So I went and nothing happened,” she said.
Attempts to solicit comment from Windhoek police drew a blank.
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