MAN­DOZA SCAN­DAL

Sunday World - - FRONT PAGE - NG­WAKO MALATJI Nkalakatha

THE govern­ment used tax­pay­ers

’ money to bankroll the fu­neral of the late kwaito su­per­star Man­doza de­spite of­fers of free ser­vices by ser­vice providers and mu­sic in­dus­try play­ers.

It also al­legedly paid twice for some of the ser­vices ren­dered.

The bailout, which was au­tho­rised de­spite Man­doza s fam­ily s pub­lic

’ ’ an­nounce­ment that they did not want char­ity from any­one, has left some lo­cal mu­si­cians fum­ing and ac­cus­ing the govern­ment of favouritism and wast­ing tax­pay­ers money.

’ Sun­day World can ex­clu­sively re­veal that the govern­ment spent a whop­ping R185 000 to­wards the burial fees of the award-win­ning mega artist who died of brain can­cer about two months ago.

The Gaut­eng depart­ment of arts and cul­ture spent R90 000 while the na­tional Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture splurged an ex­tra R95 000 to­wards the artist s fu­neral costs.

’ The pro­vin­cial funds were paid into Grace Bi­ble Church s ac­count

’ which rented out the church build­ing to the fam­ily for the ser­vice.

The na­tional funds were paid into the per­sonal ac­count of the muso s

’ widow, Mpho Tsha­bal­ala.

Both pay­ments in­cluded two dif­fer­ent sound sys­tems on the day of the fu­neral.

The one was at Grace Bi­ble Church and an­other one sup­plied by an un­known ser­vice provider.

This de­spite kwaito king Arthur Mafokate of­fer­ing to sup­ply his sound sys­tem for free.

The govern­ment also paid for the un­der­taker de­spite B3 Fu­neral Ser­vices of­fer­ing to bury the

hit­maker for free. Na­tional Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture (DAC) spokes­woman Lisa Com­brinck con­firmed they forked out R95 000 to­wards Man­doza s fu­neral.

’ As has been the case in the past “where funds are avail­able and at its dis­cre­tion, the Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture sup­ported the fu­neral costs of the late Mduduzi Man­doza Tsha­bal­ala be­cause of the im­mense con­tri­bu­tion of Man­doza to South African mu­sic and in build­ing so­cial co­he­sion in par­tic­u­lar, and specif­i­cally through kwaito. DAC s con­tri­bu­tion was made to “’ sup­port a va­ri­ety of costs re­lated to the fu­neral ser­vices, in­clud­ing fu­neral un­der­tak­ing, cater­ing, sound, stage, print­ing to the amount of R95 500,” she said.

She con­firmed the money was paid into his wife Mpho s per­sonal

’ ac­count but de­nied there was dou­ble pay­ment. At the re­quest of the fam­ily, the “funds were paid to Man­doza s

’ spouse s ac­count. The Depart­ment

’ of Arts and Cul­ture and the Gaut­eng depart­ment were work­ing to­gether and there­fore there was no over­lap in fund­ing or dou­ble

‘ fund­ing as each

’ con­trib­uted to dif­fer­ent as­pects of the fu­neral ser­vice[s],” she said. The pro­vin­cial depart­ment s

’ spokes­woman No­mazwe Nt­lok­wana con­firmed they shelled out R90 000 into the church s ac­count.

’ We would like to con­firm that on “be­half of the Gaut­eng govern­ment it [the depart­ment] paid for the fu­neral venue, the Grace Bi­ble Church in Soweto. An amount of R90 000 has been paid to the church. The de­ci­sion to as­sist was done “fol­low­ing an agree­ment with the fam­ily on how the pro­vin­cial govern­ment may as­sist with ar­range­ments con­sid­er­ing the num­bers of peo­ple ex­pected. The ges­ture to “as­sist the Man­doza fam­ily is not unique only to the fam­ily and has been done be­fore for many sport, arts and po­lit­i­cal icons in Gaut­eng among oth­ers,” she said.

Bishop Mosa Sono con­firmed they were paid R90 000 by the pro­vin­cial depart­ment for rent­ing out their church build­ing for the fu­neral ser­vice. The Tsha­bal­ala fam­ily

“ap­proached the Grace Bi­ble Church for the util­i­sa­tion of their Pimville church build­ing for Man­doza s

’ fu­neral. The ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment sought per­mis­sion from the board as is the pro­to­col and, af­ter con­sid­er­a­tion, per­mis­sion was granted. The fam­ily was then in­formed of “the re­quire­ments for the use of the build­ing and they agreed to stan­dard terms and con­di­tions pre­sented to non­mem­bers and pro­ceeded to use the build­ing. As such we can t dis­close de­tails “’ of our agree­ment with the fam­ily as it would be in­sen­si­tive of Grace Bi­ble Church to be in­volved in fam­ily mat­ters so soon af­ter the loss of their loved one,” he said.

Sono con­firmed a sound sys­tem was also in­cluded in the charge. Build­ings have “main­te­nance costs and the fam­ily was asked to cover the most min­i­mal costs to use the build­ing and the au­dio­vi­sual equip­ment that in­cluded light­ing, sound, cam­eras and the per­son­nel. We need to high­light that for our mem­bers, we as Grace Bi­ble Church do cover those costs but for com­mu­nity mem­bers we ask for the op­er­a­tional costs to be cov­ered.”

B3 Fu­neral Ser­vices had of­fered to bury Man­doza for gratis but his fam­ily re­jected them and opted for Maziya Fu­neral Ser­vices .

The fam­ily said they pre­ferred the rel­a­tively un­known un­der­taker be­cause its boss Mothusi Maziya was a close fam­ily rel­a­tive whose ser­vices they had used be­fore.

Mafokate, who owns 999 Mu­sic, had do­nated his sound sys­tem for the me­mo­rial ser­vice at the Stan­dard Bank Arena. He wanted to

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do the same for the fu­neral but was mus­cled out by or­gan­is­ers and fam­ily rel­a­tives. 999 Mu­sic man­ager Brian Mokoena said: Af­ter do­nat­ing the

“sound to the fam­ily for the me­mo­rial ser­vices, we wanted to do­nate them for the fu­neral as part of the ubuntu spirit but we were forced to pull out be­cause there were too many hands in­volved and some peo­ple wanted to use Man­doza s fu­neral to re­vive their

’ ca­reers and take the lime­light.”

A mu­si­cian who was close to the late Man­doza said he was against the govern­ment pay­ing money for the fu­neral. They could have used the

“money to pay for Man­doza s

’ chil­dren s ed­u­ca­tion in­stead. We have

’ pulled our re­sources to­gether to bury our col­leagues be­fore and we wanted to do the same here but peo­ple were just ob­sessed with monies.”

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