Johannesburg – smash-hit Affidavit implicates Kwaito maestro Arthur Mafokate to have stolen R6 million lotto funds.
King of kwaito Arthur Mafokate has allegedly stolen R6million from his South Africa Arts and Development Association (Saada) non-profit organization(NPO) and used it to purchase himself a guesthouse in Midrand, Joburg.
The R6million was left over from the R9,5 million the corporation received from the National Lottery Commission(NLC) in 2014 to dig up and develop talent across the country. Kwaito kingpin’s ex-girlfriend Chomee and his progeny Arthur Mafokate Junior(AJ) were also allegedly abusing the organization’s vehicles by using them as the transport to their own shows.
The smash-hit claims were made by Mafokate’s former manager Brian Mokoena in an affidavit he deposed at the Midrand police station about two weeks ago. Mokoena sent a copy of the affidavit to the Department of Trade and Industry and the NLC for probing.
Presenting the allegations, Mokoena claimed that the corporation was created in 2012. Mafokate was chairperson, Mokena secretary general, his sister Makoma Rita Mafokate deputy secretary, Chomee as treasurer and Valentine Mamaila and Abigail Sithole as additional members respectively.
He added that hardly two years into its existence, the organization receive an amount of R9,5 million from the NLC in two tranches. “By the rules of the NLC stated the organization, before it could receive any funding, should have been in existence for a minimum of two years. But Saada managed to secure R9,5millio which was paid in two tranches,” reads the affidavit according to Celeb Gossip.
“Arthur Mafokate transferred the money into one of his business accounts and in the process cooked the NPO books with the help of accountant [name withheld]. This money was eventually used to buy a guesthouse La Villa Rosa… for one of Arthur’s companies,” reads the affidavit. Mokoena furthermore alleged that Mafokate misused the organization’s funds by using them to pay for the expenses of his company,999 Music.
“Public liability insurance, telephone bills, rental of premises for 999 Music/Roadshow Marketing, vehicle bought with a grant, there used to ferry his artists signed under his label 999 Music to shows e.g his son DJ AJ, Chomee, fellow board member,” reads the affidavit.
There also Mokoena claimed that cameras, printers, laptops and furniture bought by Saada were taken to run the guesthouse.
“As SG together with the board, we were sidelined in any activities of the NPO. The chairperson approved and used the NPO funds at his will. Thus the NPO was run as the fiefdom of Arthur Mafokate. Staff was hired without the board’s input,’ reads the affidavit.
Mafokate’s ex-girlfriend Busisiwe Thwala, well known as Cici, did not audition but emerged as the overall winner of the auditions. “This winner eventually signed an artist agreement with 999 Music. The NLC must properly investigate Saada as it was run for the benefit of Arthur Mafokate. It was used to prop up his lifestyle and that of his family, girlfriends e.g Chomee & Cici.”
The kwaito legend said it was not true that the organization got money before it was two years old as it was registered in 2011 and was funded in 2014
“That is almost for years after it was registered. It’s a lie that is designed to tarnish my reputation, in the NLC, my family, and my business. The report about the work and how the money was spent was compiled by us and sent to the NLC by Mr. Mokoena himself and was accepted by the NLC. Mr. Mokoena has tried to extort R1,5 million from me by threatening to reveal what he called damning allegations against me. He concocted those allegations because I refused to succumb to his extortion. I now fear for the safety of my family as he stays next to them.
“I refused to be extorted because I do nothing wrong and if Mr. Mokoena has any incriminating information against me, he is at liberty to report that to the law enforcement agencies because I have nothing wrong to hide,” Mafokate said according to Sunday World.
Mokoena refused to comment. “I have nothing to say outside of the affidavit I deposed,’ he retorted.
NLC spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mafela shared Mafokate’s sentiment.
“The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) can confirm that it has funded an organization called South African Arts and Development Association. According to our records and documentation submitted, the organization was registered in March 2011 and was funded in 2014, therefore the allegations of the NLC funding an organization which is less than two years are unfounded,” he revealed.
“The NLC received progress reports and a closeout report which include financials and was satisfied with the outcome of the project. The project has since been closed in 2017,”
Ndivhuwo Mafela said when Mokoena reported the matter, they advised him to contact the police.