Dance group in battle over assets
Trio claim their leader took their equipment
The sound system is ours – the DSRAC donated a cheque in 2016 for a sound system
Atalented group of dancers from Bathurst have found themselves embroiled in a feud with their club president over their sound equipment and costumes.
Members of the Bathurst Sakhuluntu dance group, which has participated in a number of dance competitions, approached Talk of the Town recently, claiming that their president, Nolubabalo Njadayi, was controlling the group’s finances and had claimed their sound system as her own.
Masixole Tokwe, Anesipho Kofi and Nasiphi Butana told TotT they were speaking on behalf of the entire group. The dance group was formed in 2014, but because they were teenagers at the time, they came up with the idea of forming a leadership who would consist of elders, for guidance purposes.
Njadayi was elected president of the group in 2015.
The trio stated that their constitution allowed them to change leadership after one year, but Njadayi had been in that position for three years.
“When we told the leadership that we are changing the structure, other members of leadership were keen to step down, but Njadayi showed no interest in doing so.
“She refused to step down, saying the group was hers,” Tokwe claimed.
More frustrating to the group members was the alleged confiscation of their property when they tried to change the leadership, they claim.
In her efforts to prevent the change of leadership, Kofi claimed Njadayi had withheld their sound system and costumes, claiming that they belonged to her.
“The sound system is ours – the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture donated a R60,000 cheque in 2016 for a sound system,” Tokwe said.
Kofi and Tokwe went on to claim that Njadayi had used their group name to make money for herself.
“She started another group of small kids and is using our name, Sakhuluntu,” Kofi said.
According to the dancers, when Sakhuluntu was invited to dance at an event, Njadayi took her mini “Sakhuluntu” group to represent them.
They claimed the confiscation of their sound system and costumes had been a bitter pill to swallow, especially as Njadayi was allegedly making money with their assets without their consent.
“She is renting our speakers to the tavern,” Kofi said.
Tokwe lamented that a tavern owner, whom he did not name, confirmed that he had hired a speaker from Njadayi.
After several attempts to change the dance group’s leadership structure, and to reclaim their equipment, the group approached the Port Alfred Magistrate’s Court last week for advice.
Contacted for comment, Njadayi refused to give her side of the story.
“Bhuti, I do not own the group and I don’t know why you are calling me,” she said.
Pressed for an answer on the allegations about the sound equipment and costumes she said: “I was part of leadership, not owning the group.
“I am not going to comment anymore.
“Phone Mandilakhe [her son] and stop questioning me. Why are you looking for loopholes? Stop accusing me,” she said.
She handed her phone to another person who also referred the reporter to “Mandilakhe”.
THEY WANT WHAT’S THEIRS: Three members of Sakhuluntu dance group, Masixole Tokwe, Anesipho Kofi and Nasiphi Butana, at the Port Alfred Magistrate’s Court, where they were seeking advice about how to have their sound system and costumes returned by their estranged club president