Gospel star’s unholy war

2011-11-05 18:52

Gospel singer Lusanda Mcinga will appear in the Butterworth Magistrates Court tomorrow on assault charges following a nationwide anti-piracy campaign that turned violent on Thursday.

Mcinga (43), accompanied by her adopted son and locals, took to the streets of Umtata on November 3 to “clean up counterfeit CDs and DVDs”.

Her crowd was met with resistance from hawkers selling pirated wares, which resulted in a violent scuffle.

Mcinga said this week: “When we got there as a crowd trying to clean the streets of fake CDs, pirates fought back and it got violent.

Police arrived shortly afterwards and they were beating up people, including my adopted son, Lunga Tshithiza.”

Tshithiza (32), who was arrested, had to have 10 stitches in his head and sustained numerous bruises on his body. He is due to appear in the Dutywa Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Captain Jackson Manatha said he was aware of charges against two young men who were part of the entourage, but not against Mcinga. They were in custody, but he wasn’t aware of their identities.

After her adopted son was arrested in Dutywa, Mcinga said, the rest of the crowd marched on to Butterworth where they were involved in another brawl.
“One of the pirates pointed me out and said I beat them up. It’s because he couldn’t identify the person who hit him,” Mcinga said.

“It wasn’t me. He only picked me out because I was the recognisable face. I don’t know this person but I have to appear in court (tomorrow) morning.”

Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli, who’s spearheading the campaign, confirmed the incidents involving Mcinga and Tshithiza.

Mbuli said: “In Durban, two of Phuzekhemisi’s artists were beaten up on the same day and Zahara continues to get death threats (from pirates).”

The multi-award-winning Mcinga is often spotted in her Eastern Cape hometown checking for counterfeit CDs in music shops and on the street.

Last month in Willowvale, she said, two Chinese nationals punched her after she had confronted them in their shop for selling pirated versions of her DVD. She had reported the incident to the police.

A similar incident happened in 2007.

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