Who's your daddy?

By Drum Digital
26 May 2016

A KwaZulu-Natal man claims Zakes Bantwini is his long-lost son, but the singer rejects the rumour. Is the man looking for fame or family?

By Zama Chutshela

Most people want a sense of belonging and family is an important element of your identity – knowing where you come from tells you where your roots lie.

But one popular singer recently found that family can be a complicated affair. Zakes Bantwini, real name Zakhele Madida, was taken aback when a man called Thabani Mbatha (57) crawled out of the woodwork and claimed to be his father.

Thabani announced that he wanted to be reunited with his son before he dies, but the musician is not impressed by the older man’s claims.

Zakes, who lost his mother Thandi Madida after a long battle with cancer nine years ago, denies the rumours. “Unfortunately, my mother passed away in 2007 and she’s not around to answer these questions,” he says.

The Bum Bum hit-maker tells us his father is Jeffrey Khanyile from Nkandla In KwaZulu-Natal.

Read More In the 2 June issue of DRUM

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