‘Pay us what you owe, Mr Magic!’

2010-08-01 10:05

High-flying Ukhozi FM DJ Linda Sibiya might soon find himself in court for failing to pay more than R130 000 he owes for a venue he used in 2008.

The owners of the Inkosi ­Albert Luthuli ­International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban are seeking legal ­advice on how to recoup the money from ­Sibiya, who hosted a seminar at the venue.

A letter reminding Sibiya – the host of Ukhozi FM’s Vuka Mzansi breakfast show – of the debt was sent to him and his company, Magic Communications, on June 30 this year.

It said a balance of R130 809 was overdue by more than 120 days.

The letter seems to have had little ­effect on Sibiya, however, as he has not paid the firm a cent.

People who helped the DJ host the seminar said that “Mr Magic”, as Sibiya is affectionately known, failed to ­secure a sponsor to pay for the venue.

Sibiya now seems more ­preoccupied with the source of the ­potentially “damaging” ­information available to the media than he is with settling the bill. When contacted for comment this week, he said: “The matter you are writing about is between Magic Communications and ICC.”

He would not be drawn further on the matter.

According to information obtained from sources, Magic Communications hosted a seminar for married couples on September 22 2008.

At the seminar, Sibiya and a host of guest speakers including gospel artist Mthunzi Namba, Pastor Vusi Dube of the eThekwini Community Church and Ukhozi FM presenter Dudu Khoza gave couples tips on how to create ­successful marriages.

The couples were entertained by gospel musician Ntokozo Mbambo and popular maskandi artist Zibokwakhe Manyanda, popularly known as Phuz’khemisi.

This is not the first time Sibiya has been accused of non-payment.

He allegedly failed to pay kwaito DJ Mthokozisi Khathi, known as DJ Tira, and his company, Afrotainment, more than R50 000 for entertainment which they ­provided during the Magic Tour last year.

The annual event, which Sibiya ­organises in collaboration with Ukhozi FM, iLanga newspaper and SABC 1, provides ­entertainment to all KwaZulu-Natal tertiary institutions.

Khathi has since severed ties with Sibiya, accusing him of refusing to ­settle the debt.

The late Patrick “Kid” Mokoena, who produced for kwaito group Big Nuz, also claimed that Mr Magic disappeared with R20 000 due to him.

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