Seven-year feud between maskandi heavyweights to be decided by a fist fight

2009-07-17 00:00

A FIST fight is the only way to resolve the bitter seven-year feud between the two maskandi music heavyweights, Mgqumeni Khumalo and Mtshengiseni Gcwensa, says Khumalo.

The fragile truce between the artists called by Ukhozi FM station manager Bhodloza Nzimande a few months ago collapsed at the weekend at a music concert in Ulundi, after Khumalo’s band allegedly assaulted one of Gcwensa’s band members. They are also accused of damaging two of Gcwensa’s cars.

Khumalo denied this. He conce­ded that there was a fight during the concert and said that although he did not participate, he believes that whoever was beaten up deserved it.

“Although I was not there myself, I suspect he said something to provoke that reaction because people would not just beat him up without a reason.”

Khumalo said the cause of the latest fight is a lack of respect. He said, “These guys walked on to the stage while we were performing. They had no right to do that.”

He declared that the only solution left was a fist fight between them. “We have tried everything and people have tried on numerous occasions to sort this out, but to no avail. So we must.”

Gcwensa confirmed that he had been challenged to a fight by Khumalo.

He also confirmed that his band mate, Joeman Buthelezi, was severely assaulted, that his cars were damaged, and that he has since laid a charge with the police.

Gcwensa cited jealousy as the reason for the latest fracas.

Giving his version of what had happened, he said he was on his way to the stage when people at the concert focused their attention on him instead of Khumalo, who was performing at the time, and that was what had sparked the feud.

“When Mgqumeni walked past us after his performance, he and his band spat at us and assaulted one of our band members — all because the fans had shown us more appreciation.”

Gcwensa said he now fears for his life and echoed Khumalo’s sentiments that they should sort this out with a fight.

“I am not a violent person, but if that will end this feud between me and him, we should fight because I do not know what else to do.”

Nzimande said he is mortified by the recent developments and described them as a “disgrace”.

He said that he would wait for the police to complete their investigation before taking any action.

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