MAN­DOZA FU­NERAL FI­ASCO

Burial par­lours fight over muso's dead body

Sunday World - - Front Page - NGWAKO MALATJI

PREPA­RA­TIONS for the fu­neral of kwaito megas­tar Man­doza were al­most thrown into dis­ar­ray when two fu­neral par­lours had a tug-ofwar over the body of the artist.

Sun­day World can re­veal that B3 Fu­neral Ser­vices and Maziya Fu­neral Ser­vices jos­tled to bury the body of the su­per­star in a des­per­ate bid to amass mileage and free ad­ver­tis­ing.

B3 Fu­neral Ser­vices, who are also spon­sors of PSL club Bloem­fontein Celtic, came out of the tus­sle with a blood­ied nose thanks to pro­ducer, ac­tor and record la­bel boss Tshepo Nz­i­mande, who egged on Maziya to clinch the deal.

Man­doza, who died of a brain tu­mour on Sun­day last week, was buried by Maziya Fu­neral Ser­vices at West­park Ceme­tery Park on Fri­day.

The fu­neral par­lour’s owner Mothusi Maziya con­firmed Man­doza’s fam­ily ac­quired his ser­vices to bury the award-win­ning singer. “I’m very close to Man­doza’s mother. She is my fam­ily. We are cousins. I don’t want to com­ment about the other mat­ter, speak to the fam­ily, ” he said.

Man­doza’s un­cle Muzi­wakhe Tsha­bal­ala con­firmed they re­jected B3’s re­quest to bury Man­doza.

He also con­firmed they sneezed at sug­ges­tions from other quar­ters for B3 to join forces with Maziya.

“Maziya is fam­ily. Ev­ery­thing here is done by fam­ily. We told B3 rep­re­sen­ta­tives that we are happy with Maziya bury­ing our son,” he said.

Asked if it was true that they re­jected B3’s pro­posal to join forces with Maziya, Tsha­bal­ala said: “We didn’t want it that way. We didn’t see it that way.”

B3’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nico Mat­sepe con­firmed the Tsha­bal­ala fam­ily turned down their re­quest to bury Man­doza.

“If I come to you and sell you a cof­fin, and you say, ‘ No, I want to sup­port my cousin’, what do you do?” he asked.

Mat­sepe down­played al­le­ga­tions they would have har­vested mileage and free pub­lic­ity if the fam­ily had al­lowed them to bury the artist.

“I’m not in a po­si­tion to pre­dict, but to us, that is not an is­sue,” he said.

Nz­i­mande, who owns Nz­i­mande Fu­neral Ser­vices, said he was happy Maziya se­cured the deal to bury Man­doza.

“Maziya is my men­tor and I’m happy that they han­dled the fu­neral very well. B3 can­not al­ways mo­nop­o­lise. They must give de­vel­op­ing par­lours an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose them­selves,” he said.

News of the war be­tween the two com­pa­nies was brought to the fore by one of Man­doza’s close friends.

The friend, who did not want to be named, said Nz­i­mande went bonkers when he learnt rep­re­sen­ta­tives from B3 were nuz­zling the fam­ily to give them per­mis­sion to bury the Nkalakatha hit­maker free of charge.

“He went there and told the fam­ily that Man­doza was his col­league in the mu­sic in­dus­try and that it would only be fair that he buries him. He said B3 only wanted to bury Man­doza be­cause it was a pub­lic­ity coup for them. He con­vinced the fam­ily to al­low Maziya to bury Man­doza as he works closely with them,” said the friend.

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