Mbau’s Namibia ter­ror

Mu­sic pro­mot­ers bay for Khanyi's blood

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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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