Too chicken for limelight

2013-10-31 00:00

ONE of four men charged with defrauding the Department of Arts and Culture out of R2,5 million yesterday covered his face with a Nando’s paper bag to hide from photographers.

Xolisile Guqaza appeared on charges of corruption and money laundering in the Johannesburg commercial court yesterday in connection with a promised R. Kelly concert to celebrate Mandela Day.

His co-accused are Andile Lungisa, former chair of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Lungisa’s wife, Ursula Sali, and Thabo Shogole.

When photographers were allowed into court, Guqaza quickly placed the fast food chicken bag over his head. A slit had already been cut so that he could see out. Everyone in court burst out laughing.

During recess he left the court with the bag still over his head, and returned with it folded in his hand, ready to put on again.

The four allegedly pretended that they had lined up the singer to perform at the Mandela concert.

State prosecutor Ronel Dookun put it to the court that Lungisa had pretended to be R. Kelly’s local agent and had with Shogole presented the department with false documents to get the contract.

The money for the concert was paid into the account for Sichongoma Suppliers, which belongs to Lungisa and Sali. Deposits of R400 000 were paid into the accounts of Guqaza and Shogole.

R. Kelly did perform in South Africa during August, but left days before the Mandela Day celebrations. The case was postponed to next month.


Ek het respek vir comrade Mbalula. Nie ek of die ANC-jeugliga het enige slegte gevoelens teenoor hom nie.

R400 000elk is in Guqaza en Shogole se rekeninge betaal

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