CELEB WATCH Phuzekhemisi shoots his band member
The legendary Maskandi singer is facing an attempted murder charge
PHUZEKHEMISI (55), real name Zibokwakhe Mnyandu, faces charges of attempted murder after he shot his band member, who is fighting for his life in hospital. According to reports, the maskandi singer said that he too nearly lost his life when he was shot by people close to him. It’s alleged that the people that shot him, took his gun and ran away with it. The veteran singer appeared in the Durban Magistrates’ Court in December, with a swollen face and stitches on his forehead. Magistrate Varnita Army looked past his celebrity status and granted photographers permission to take photos in court. This was after Phuzekemisi’s lawyer attempted to prevent the media from taking photos, arguing that it would hurt the muso’s music career.
According to reports, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, stated that Phuzekemisi and two of his band members were in a car in Amanzimtoti when an argument ensued, which led to the shooting.
It is said that Phuzekhemisi shot his band member in the stomach, chest and leg. According to Captain Nqobile, the man was rushed to hospital for medical attention. Phuzekhemisi was arrested and charged. In the statement read out in court, it was revealed that Phuzekhemisi was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred and that he broke the law by carrying a firearm while under the influence. Phuzekhemisi was granted R3 000 bail and his next court date is set for 15 February.
HIS LUCKY ESCAPE
Days before the legendary maskandi star shot his band member, the star had a brush with death after he survived what could’ve been a fatal shooting. It was reported that the singer was almost shot in the head by two men known to him but the bullet only grazed him. According to reports, Phuzekhemisi’s version of events is different.
Phuzekhemisi told a local newspaper that the two men came to his house on a Sunday afternoon and asked him to come with them. For the fact that he knew the men, he didn’t suspect anything. The muso explained that while walking away from his house, he got the shock of his life when the two men pulled out their firearms and pointed them in his direction. According to what was reported the suspects took Phuzekhemisi’s gun before shooting him. The bullet grazed his forehead. He was rushed to hospital and was later discharged.
Apparently the muso refused to reveal the identities of the suspects as he allegedly wanted to talk to them first. The maskandi star added that he doesn’t know what pushed the two men to turn against him.
He even told the newspaper that it can’t be related to the taxi business because he has sold all his taxis. When contacted for comment Phuzekhemisi refused to comment, saying that the matter is in the hands of the police.
WHAT PUSHED THE MEN TO TURN AGAINST HIM?
Phuzekhemisi was allegedly attacked before he shot his band member