Sarah Setlaelo and Kelly Khumalo part ways

By Drum Digital
31 May 2013

Sarah Setlaelo and Kelly Khumalo have parted ways again but it’s on good terms and Sarah is proud of what they’ve achieved together

Local entertainment industry wild child Kelly Khumalo didn’t even thank her former manager when she walked away with a Best Female Artist SAMA earlier this month. But if there’s one person who’s supported the outrageous singer through thick and thin, it’s her long-time manager, Sarah Setlaelo.

Undoubtedly talented as she is, there was a time not too long ago when no one wanted anything to do with Kelly. She was notorious for her tantrums, unreliability and drug and alcohol abuse.

And to top it all, her abusive relationship with convicted murderer Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye had been all over the media.

After a messy split the first time round, Kelly even took Sarah to court. But Sarah was determined to get her client back on track no matter what it took.

And when she went to see Kelly after she’d allegedly been beaten up by Jub Jub, and found her shattered and in tears, she knew she had to pull out all the stops to help the troubled songbird.

“Kelly just ran into my arms and cried,” the soft-spoken Sarah says. “She told me she really needed my help and her career was in crisis. And I knew I had to save her image somehow.

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