Pastor crushes pirate CD sellers

2017-09-28 06:00
Gospel singer Pastor Mfundo Tywaku has vowed to take the fight against piracy to another level.

Gospel singer Pastor Mfundo Tywaku has vowed to take the fight against piracy to another level.

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Gatvol’ gospel singer and Pastor Mfundo Tywaku took the law into his hands after he spotted pirated CDs being sold in full view of the public at the Khayelitsha Mall on Saturday morning.

Tywaku, who recently launched a new album titled Isigqibo, was incensed after he saw some of his hard produced CDs “being sold for a mere R10”

“I risked my life and confiscated all fake CDs and the videos I saw there. There was music from the likes of Zahara, Brenda Fasie and other notable artists,” he said.

Tywaku said he is busy approaching law enforcemnet agencies to ensure that piracy is nipped in the bud.

“We will be campaigning against this, we know the guys selling at taxi ranks are minor players, we have to make sure their bosses are arrested,” he said.

Tywaku said they will be marching to all taxi ranks and confiscating these CDss soon.

“Let’s stand together and fight this piracy business. This is bad, let’s start this operation to stop this rot. I am calling on all artists to fight this. The people who sell our music must be arrested,” he added.

Anti piracy activist , Mzwakhe Mbuli hailed Tywaku for his bravery saying that more citizens should defend artists from “daylight thuggery practised by fake music sellers.”

“This is devastating to artists, they work so hard yet their produce is pilfered by these lawbreakers,” he said.

Mbuli said he hoped that the Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula would mount a vicious campaign against piracy.

Mbuli urged the police to conduct regular inspections at malls, taxi ranks and train stations “where piracy peddlers display and sell mkokotelos without fear”.

“Piracy is economic sabotage, piracy is crime, piracy is fraud. Piracy is infringement of intellectual property and piracy is theft,” said Mbuli.

He labelled piracy syndicates as “unethical” because they sell music of fallen martyrs such as Brenda Fassie, Mirriam Makeba, Stompie Mavi, Lucky Dube, Vuyo Mokoena and many others.

“That revenue for is for the bereaved families and we must do all to stop these thieves,” he said.

Mbuli said piracy syndicates don’t pay tax and they were “shameless parasites”.

“They manufactured counterfeit films of Nelson Mandela’s “Long walk To Freedom” and made fortunes out of Zahara. There were five different covers of “Loliwe” and Nathi’s Unomvula Wam,” he lamented.

Earlu in the year City Vision reported that the Film and Publication Board (FBP) in Bellville inconjunction with the police destroyed 60,000 counterfeit CDSs.

FPB Western Cape region director Clive Borman said the “mkokotelos” were worth about R6000,000 and “that was bleeding the industry”. Borman said there were 77 criminal cases against people found producing counterfeits - 13,500 were discovered.

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