Gospel legend Solly Moholo has accused the ANC of disrespecting him and dodging payment he’s owed for a performance.
According to Sunday World, the veteran musician has been left upset by what he claims was very slapdash organising of the ANC’s recent 102nd birthday celebrations, which took place at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga on 11 January, and coincided with the launch of the party’s 2014 election manifesto.
Recognised as the musician who popularised the mkhukhu dance of the Zion Christian Church, to which he belongs, Moholo said the trouble started when he approached producer Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala at the Nelson Mandela memorial service.
Speaking to the publication, he said: “I don't want to blame Chicco alone, but the whole mess started with him not getting back to me. I know he can be a snake. Why did he do that?
“When I spoke to him, he said he would get back to me. He never did. I called him again and he said he will give me the numbers of some ladies running the programme. Again he never came back to me.”
A regular performer at this event, Moholo claims that he was, after this futile back and forth asked to perform, but only at the very last minute. He also says he has not received the R25 000 he’s owed.
Commenting on these accusations from Moholo, Twala – formerly the manager of late pop star Brenda Fassie – berated the singer for calling him a snake, insisted that he was not responsible for the booking in question, and said he doesn’t owe him anything.
A spokesperson for the ANC said he suspects the problem was due to a misunderstanding.
(Image Credit: Solly Moholo Official Facebook Page)