Mzwakhe Mbuli faces arrest over wife’s burnt clothes

2013-09-29 10:00

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Musician could be held by police after reports of unusual way to get back at spouse. 

People’s Poet Mzwakhe Mbuli could be arrested after after witnesses claim he burnt his estranged wife’s clothes.

Thembeka Ndaba, who married Mbuli in a traditional ceremony in KwaZulu-Natal in 2010, moved out of the couple’s home recently, furious after he accused her of witchcraft.

Three sources have told City Press Mbuli claimed he’d found muti in the house, and blamed his wife.

But the sources say Ndaba hit back and said Mbuli knew about the muti – she got it for him, she claimed, to boost his weak erections.

When she moved out of the Mondeor house, Mbuli allegedly refused to let her take some of her belongings.

A police source said officers went to the Mondeor house that same day and warned Mbuli to allow his wife to take her things.

Ndaba opened a case of theft against Mbuli, claiming that items, including clothes and jewellery worth R100?000, had disappeared from the house.

That case has been provisionally struck off the roll by the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court because of insufficient evidence, City Press has confirmed.

Now, City Press has learnt, one of Mbuli’s backing vocalists and a relative have agreed to testify for the state.

They have phoned Hawks Gauteng boss General Shadrack Sibiya and investigating officers to say they know what happened to Ndaba’s items.

Two police detectives, who did not want to be named, said that Sibiya and other cops were contacted about three weeks ago and told Ndaba’s clothes were allegedly loaded into a Toyota Quantum minibus and taken to Vosloorus, where they were set alight.

“One of the witnesses indicated that he was there when this happened and they are going to obtain a statement from him, but he wanted his safety to be guaranteed first,” said one detective.

The second detective said the relative and backing vocalist had told Sibiya that “Mbuli owes them money and he did not want to pay them, and that is why they contacted the police”.

Contacted for comment, Mbuli said: “Write whatever you want to write.”

Mbuli’s lawyer, Advocate Jerry Koma, said the people who contacted the Hawks did so after they unsuccessfully tried to extort money from Mbuli.

“These people did not work for Mzwakhe, they were just fans who started visiting him at his house. When they left their houses to visit Mzwakhe, they would tell their families that they were going to work, but they did not work for him. But surprisingly they told General Sibiya and other police officers that they were working for him,” Koma said.

Koma also vehemently denied that Ndaba’s clothes were removed and burnt at Mbuli’s behest.

“This is what (Ndaba) told the court during the domestic violence case she filed against him, but she couldn’t explain at what stage were the clothes removed from the house,” he said.

“We will consider taking action because these people tried to blackmail him into giving them money. We have proof in the form of the SMSes they sent him.”

Ndaba said she was informed by the police that her clothes were allegedly burnt in Vosloorus.

“I told them I’m willing to pursue the matter in light of the new evidence,” she said.

Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the case was discussed and the NPA declined to prosecute.

“A person who contacted the police about further information on the case has not yet submitted a statement.

“Once a statement has been obtained, police will follow up and possibly the case will be reopened on the basis of the information received,” said Dlamini.

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