The Ka**ir hitmaker allegedly additionally used his nonprofit organisation (NPO), the SA Arts and Growth Affiliation (Saada), to attain his subsequent girlfriend – musician Cici, whose given identify is Busisiwe Thwala – a recording cope with 999 Music.
Thwala allegedly additionally gained a R100 000 money prize with out coming into a contest that was run by Saada and funded by the NLC. These allegations are contained in an affidavit that was deposed to on the Midrand Police Station by Mafokate’s former supervisor, Brian Mokoena, who alerted authorities to the happenings throughout the musician’s organisation in 2019.
Mokoena despatched the identical affidavit to the NLC, which he claims was ignored. He additionally forwarded the doc to the Hawks and it landed within the fingers of the Particular Investigating Unit (SIU), which began investigating the allegations three years in the past.
Chatting with Metropolis Press on Friday – after the SIU introduced that Mafokate’s posh Midrand visitor home, La Villa Rosa, together with different properties belonging to former workers of the NLC had been seized – Mokoena mentioned he was suffering from the musician for years after he blew the whistle.
I’m a cheerful man now that the SIU has acted in opposition to this man. He has carried out numerous unhealthy issues to me after I spoke out in opposition to him 5 years in the past. This was presupposed to have occurred 5 years in the past, after I opened the case, however everybody I reported to protected him and made me appear to be a idiot.
The SIU revealed that Mafokate’s visitor home was seized together with properties belonging to former NLC lawyer Lesley Ramulifho, former board member William Huma and former board chairperson Alfred Nevuthanda.
“After I opened that case 5 years in the past … if I had lied, why is it that nobody questioned why he didn’t sue me? All of them made enjoyable of me. My household feared for my life, as he did all the things he may to sabotage me.
“After I complained to the chairperson of the NLC on the time, they known as a gathering with myself and Arthur, they usually made enjoyable of me. I bear in mind one of many officers advised me to loosen up and mentioned that I had low sugar ranges, that’s the reason I used to be so tense.
He gave me a can of cool drink and mentioned that I ought to up my sugar ranges. I wish to purchase a can of cool drink now and go to his home and provides it to him as a result of he’s implicated and he should be feeling the warmth. I would like him to chill down as nicely.
The SIU and the Nationwide Prosecuting Authority’s asset forfeiture unit obtained a preservation order from the Johannesburg Excessive Courtroom on December 21 to freeze three luxurious properties, a plot of land and a portion of a farm which might be linked to the siphoning of lotteries grant funding to the tune of R56.3 million, cash which was meant for growth initiatives.
Mokoena, who was additionally the chief working officer at Mafokate’s 999 Music and Roadshow Advertising, alleged that the musician additionally used funds from the NLC to take Chomee to Mauritius.
The couple allegedly went on vacation for her birthday in October 2014, the identical 12 months that Mafokate acquired funding from the NLC.
I’ve been ready for at the present time. At present, the fruits of my labour are lastly paying off.
In his affidavit, which Metropolis Press has seen, Mokoena said that Mafokate acquired funding to the tune of R9.5 million from the NLC in 2014, via Saada, to do work in impoverished communities and uplift younger and rising expertise within the arts.
Mokoena claims that the musician used a portion of the cash to do authentic Saada work, however the remaining funds had been used to buy the visitor home.
The affidavit reads:
Three years in the past or so, on the conclusion of the challenge which was funded by the NLC, Saada, in its books and checking account, was left with R6 million. Mafokate transferred this cash into one in all his enterprise accounts, within the course of cooking the NPO’s books with the assistance of an accountant. This cash was ultimately used to purchase a visitor home known as La Villa Rosa for one in all Arthur’s firms.
It additionally states that Mafokate used NLC funds to lend monetary help to his different companies.
“As well as, a few of the bills of Arthur’s firms had been paid for by Saada, resembling public legal responsibility insurance coverage, phone payments and the rental of premises for 999 Music and Roadshow Advertising.
“Automobiles had been purchased and acquired used to ferry his artists beneath 999 Music to reveals, together with his son, DJ AJ, Chomee and a fellow board member.”
Mokoena additionally alleged that Mafokate sidelined him and different board members whereas making firm selections. He defined how Mafokate awarded the R100 000 money prize to Cici utilizing cash meant for underprivileged younger individuals.
The award was a traditional instance of the abuse in Saada by Arthur. The artist didn’t do the auditions like different contributors, however was parachuted into successful by Arthur as a result of she was his girlfriend. Cici ultimately signed an artist settlement with 999 Music.
Mokoena mentioned he left Mafokate’s make use of as a result of he couldn’t stand the alleged corruption any extra.
Mafokate had not responded to allegations levelled in opposition to him by the point of going to print, however he did take to his Instagram account on Friday to share an image of his youngsters, with the caption:
The thought is to not reside without end, however to create one thing that can. 2023 will not be going to be straightforward, however [it will be] worthwhile. Please tighten your seat belts and have religion. Love you guys.
The SIU mentioned its investigation was specializing in the misuse of lottery funds. Different NPOs concerned within the debacle are the Taung Cultural Calabash and Arts Expo, Dinosys, the Matieni Group Centre and Zibscraft.
Thwala distanced herself from the matter, saying: “I don’t need something to do with that man [Mafokate]. The point out of his identify is sufficient motive for me to chop you [the phone call] proper there and allow you to know that I’ve no remark about that man.”
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