MANDOZA ROBBED FROM THE GRAVE

Sunday World - - Front Page - NGWAKO MALATJI

MANDOZA ’ s wife Mpho has al­legedly fired the late kwaito star’s man­ager af­ter ac­cus­ing him and Peo­ple ’ s Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli of try­ing to de­fraud her hus­band’s es­tate.

We are told that Mpho gave Kevin Ntaopane his march­ing or­ders af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a let­ter al­legedly writ­ten by the two to the Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa (Masa) on her be­half, re­quest­ing funds to bankroll Mandoza’s record la­bel Nkalakatha Records.

We were also made to be­lieve that Mpho also con­fronted Ntaopane about al­le­ga­tions that he pock­eted donor funds meant to help the fam­ily bury the award-win­ning artist.

Mpho con­firmed that she con­fronted Ntaopane about the let­ter and was wait­ing for ev­i­dence from Masa be­fore press­ing fraud charges against him and Mbuli. “I have never asked any­one to write a let­ter re­quest­ing money to fund Nkalakatha Records.”

Mpho said she was in­formed of the let­ter by Masa founder Te­bogo Sithathu.

“I was at the Samro [South­ern African Mu­sic Rights Or­gan­i­sa­tion] of­fices af­ter the death of my hus­band to en­quire about his roy­al­ties when I bumped into Te­bogo who told me that he re­ceived my let­ter and he was pro­cess­ing it. I then asked him what let­ter? He said the let­ter that was sent to him by Mzwakhe and Kelvin ask­ing for funds for Nkalakatha. I was shell-shocked and told him I didn’t know what he was talk­ing about. I felt like cry­ing, how can peo­ple do these things to us?”

Mpho down­played al­le­ga­tions that she released Ntaopane from his duty as Mandoza’s man­ager.

“He was never his man­ager and he is not his man­ager, ” she said.

Mpho also con­firmed she con­fronted Ntaopane about the donor funds al­le­ga­tions.

“I asked him about that and he told me that there was no such thing. I heard that he was giv­ing peo­ple bank notes at the fu­neral,” she said.

Sithathu con­firmed that Mbuli sent him a What­sapp mes­sage which said he got a let­ter from Mpho, ask­ing for funds to bankroll Nkalakatha Records. “I asked him to send me the let­ter. I don’t re­mem­ber if he did but I think he sent it to me via What­sapp, ” he said.

Sithathu said he was shocked to hear Mpho nei­ther wrote the let­ter nor sanc­tioned it.

“That ’ s fraud, I will talk to Mzwakhe about this, I think who­ever is re­spon­si­ble must be charged with fraud be­cause the let­ter is fake,” he said.

Ntaopane con­firmed Mpho con­fronted him about the al­leged let­ter and donor funds but de­nied that she fired him.

“She con­fronted me about the let­ter but I told her that I know noth­ing about it. It could have been a let­ter we wrote ask­ing for funds to hire a sound sys­tem for the fu­neral,” he said.

Ntaopane said as far as he was con­cerned he was still Mandoza’s man­ager.

At­tempts to so­licit com­ments from Mbuli drew a blank as he ig­nored phone calls and text mes­sages sent to him.

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