It's been months since gospel singer, Lundi Tyamara's death have been relatively quiet so it comes as a bit of a surprise that the mothers of his children are embroiled in a bitter battle with his former boss Tshepo Nzimande.
According to a report published by Sunday World, the two unnamed women are demanding that Nzimande deposit royalties directly into their accounts so that they can care for the children Tyamara left behind.
Nzimande refuses to give the money to anybody other than Tyamara's older sister Babalwa and maintains that this is because Lundi was openly gay and could therefore not have impregnated these women. [We guess he's never heard of Somizi then...]
One of the women in question has disputed this, saying that Tyamara was bisexual and therefore slept with men AND women.
"I don't know who these women are. Lundi never introduced me to these women when he was alive. Why are they coming out now after Lundi's death? Where were they when Lundi was alive? The only child Lundi was supporting was Babalwa's child and not these ones," Nzimande told the publication.
He then added, "we have all known Lundi to be gay because he never hid it. Have you guys seen these children before? Only the court order will force me to give them money, otherwise I will deal with his family, not these ones."
One of the women, who is the mother of Lundi's alleged 18-year-old child says that she is willing to do a DNA test to prove the child's paternity.
The women have apparently been trying to gain access to this money for months and have been sent from pillar to post (including Tyamara's former manager Anele Hlazo, who sent them to Gallo Records) before arriving at the conclusion that Nzimande is the man to ask.
Gallo Records general manager Neil Greenberg has been quoted as saying, "the company will withhold all royalties for the deceased artist until such time as a dispute or any legal matter has been resolved and we get an instruction from any court or executor of the estate on any future process."
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