Mayor used, dumped me

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Sunday World - - News -

Modise said he ini­tially charged R20 000 for per­form­ing and judg­ing au­di­tions, but was told the mu­nic­i­pal­ity could not af­ford the fee. He sub­se­quently re­duced the amount to R15 000, but has since been paid only R5 000.

It does not mean if we are from the bun­dus and small towns peo­ple can do as they please with our tal­ent and get away with it. The amount they owe me does not in­clude per­form­ing at the ac­tual fes­ti­val, which they say was can­celled be­cause of the wa­ter short­age cri­sis.

I was re­cruited in June to be one of the au­di­tion­ing judges and per­form dur­ing the prepa­ra­tions and build-up to the fes­ti­val.

An as­so­ciate of the mayor, QwaQwa Ra­dio pre­sen­ter Veli Mvololo Moloi, acted as the mid­dle man be­tween me and Tsha­bal­ala.

The mayor ac­tu­ally used the build-up to the fes­ti­val to cam­paign for the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions un­der the ANC ban­ner. We were used to can­vass votes for the ANC. The mayor was al­ways present in the com­pany of the ra­dio pre­sen­ter dur­ing au­di­tions, urg­ing peo­ple to vote for the ANC. They robbed us, I want my money.”

Modise said after Tsha­bal­ala was elected for a sec­ond term, he can­celled the fes­ti­val with­out giv­ing rea­sons and no longer takes his and the ra­dio pre­sen­ter’s calls. The muso said he had heard from lo­cals that the fes­ti­val was can­celled be­cause of short­age of wa­ter.

The short­age of wa­ter hap­pens ev­ery time in this part of the world, but life goes on. I per­formed all over QwaQwa, in Phuta­ditjhaba, Har­ri­smith and Kes­tel.”

Go-be­tween Moloi con­firmed the mayor was not an­swer­ing his calls ei­ther, nor was he re­ply­ing to text and What­sApp mes­sages.

Yes, I was with him dur­ing the prepa­ra­tions but I have also not been paid. I am in the dark. The mayor has made life dif­fi­cult for me, he has cre­ated en­e­mies for me,” said Moloi.

I un­der­stand that the R11mil­lion bud­geted for the fes­ti­val has gone to al­le­vi­at­ing the wa­ter short­age cri­sis.”

Tsha­bal­ala s phone rang unan­swered this week and he did not re­ply to text mes­sages.


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