10 scandals that rocked Mzansi celebville this year

2013-12-25 06:00

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City Press entertainment writer Ngwako Malatji selects SA’s biggest scandals of the year.

1. Oscar Pistorius

The internationally renowned athlete shocked the world when he shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria home in what he described as an accident.

The Paralympian will stand trial in March next year for murder.

Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Herman Verwey/City Press

What did Oscar Pistorius’ neighbours hear?

2. Sechaba Pali

Gospel star Sechaba Pali was convicted of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old after a drunken joyride in Tweespruit in the Free State.

Although the rape occurred last year, the matter, which was kept hush-hush, only became public in March this year, sending shock waves through celebville and the Christian community.

It has since emerged the teen’s child is not Pali’s.

Read: Exclusive: Gospel star’s DNA shocker

Sechaba Pali. Picture: Daily Sun

3. Brickz

In the biggest scandal to rock kwaito circles in 10 years, award-winning kwaito star Brickz was arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old who stayed in his Ruimsig house at the time.

The musician was released by the South Gauteng High Court on appeal this month after languishing in jail for almost a month.

This after the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court refused him bail on the grounds that he was a flight risk and would intimidate witnesses.

 Read: Shocking twist in Brickz rape case

Brickz. Picture: Jan Right/Daily Sun

4. Akhona

Maggie Benedict’s arrest left many gasping for air. The former Generations actress, who played the role of Akhona, was nabbed by the police for allegedly stealing a R17.90 packet of Panado tablets at Checkers in Cresta mall.

Maggie Benedict. Picture: Lucky Maibi/Daily Sun

She was released on warning and is due to appear in court on January 28.

5. Kelly Khumalo

Virgin Kelly, as she is fondly known in music circles, also engraved her name into the list of our top 10 scandalous celebrities after she allegedly assaulted the wife of Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa in a love triangle dispute about four months ago.

Kelly Khumalo and her sister, Zandi, in court. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi/City Press

She is due in court next month to face charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, reckless driving and malicious damage to property.

Read: Senzo takes Kelly Khumalo’s side, tells cops wife provoked her

6. Katlego Mphela

“Killer” Mphela dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons again when two women attacked each other with broken pieces of plates in drunken brawl over the football star at a trendy joint in Sandton, Jozi, this year.

Bloody catfight over ‘Killer’ Mphela 

Katlego Mphela. Picture: Leon Sadiki/City Press

7. Mzwakhe Mbuli

The People’s Poet showed the 16 days of activism against the abuse of women and children the middle finger when he allegedly beat up his girlfriend after suspecting she was cheating on him in Vosloorus last month. She obtained a protection order against him at the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court.

Read: Mzwakhe Mbuli accused of assault – for third time

Mzwakhe Mbuli. Picture: Sunday Sun

8. DJ Sbu

Sbu left tongues wagging when newspapers and social media networks published pictures that showed him passed out with his white underwear exposed after taking a leak in full view of the public during the SAMAs in Sun City this year.

DJ S’bu. Picture: Bongiwe Gumede/Foto24

9. Lesego Reetseng

The controversial gospel/Afro-pop singer also booked a spot on the list of top celeb scandals when he was almost kicked out by his landlord in the seedy suburb of Rosettenville for emptying his bladder on her television set when he was under the influence of alcohol.

Read: Gospel star in a pee pickle

Lesego Reetseng. Picture: Sunday Sun

10. Vuyo Mbuli

Vuyo Mbuli. Picture: SABC

While the public was mourning the untimely death of television icon and revered compere Vuyo Mbuli, his wife shocked all and sundry when she announced that he was a casanova who had strayed with at least 18 girlfriends, including Kaya FM breakfast show host Kuli Roberts.


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