Jazz legend Hugh Masekela’s former
business partner, Muhammed Irfaan Gillan, has been taken to court for allegedly
defrauding banking giant Absa and a company in which iconic South African
musicians Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Sibongile Khumalo, Jonas Gwangwa and
internationally acclaimed filmmaker Anant Singh had an interest.
accused of having transferred R1.7?million from the Absa account of Zamori 82,
which Semenya and his wife, Mbulu, own.
Khumalo, Gwangwa and Singh are no longer associated with the company.
Gillan of opening an internet banking facility for Zamori 82 without
R1.7 million from Zamori 82’s account and transferred it to his own company,
Gillani Group, and later to Masekela’s Chissa.
R1.4 million and that Absa was “making up” the R1.7 million.
Chissa Entertainment money.
April 2007, he made only seven payments – totalling R210 000 – between March
2008 and last April.
in June 2007 to replace the stolen funds, in exchange for Zamori 82 ceding its
rights to claim against Gillan or his company and Chissa Entertainment.
at a meeting of directors in June 2007.
on May 31 at the sheriff’s office in Midrand, Johannesburg, to recover Absa’s
R1.7 million plus interest after the South Gauteng High Court’s judgment in the
bank’s favour last week.
charge Gillan with fraud.
comment, saying he was in Austria until early next month.