Earlier this month, EFF leader Julius Malema and Mabala Noise owner Reggie Nkabinde were entangled in a feud, and as one of the artists who allegedly got R5 million from Mabala Noise label, female rapper Gigi Lamayne, thought it wise to speak up.
Malema blatantly accused Nkabinde of money laundering. The accusation was made in front of a live press conference at the IEC results centre. Reggie, who is also the ANC Youth League treasurer general‚ was also accused of being involved in “dodgy tender processes.”
According to Malema, Nkabinde signed quite a number of new artists, giving them not less than R5 million each. Thus, the record label was pushed under the spotlight.
However, Reggie called an urgent press conference a few days later to handle the situation. He dismissed the allegations as ‘stupid’ and unfounded.
Artists signed to the label including Riky Rick and Khanyi Mbau also tried to clear the air about the allegations. According to Khanyi, the R5 million was not a correct figure. Nevertheless, she admitted they were given a “life-changing” amount of money.
Gigi also added that the claims were unfounded.
“There was no 5 million comrades. I’m just putting it out there.”
She attributed the criticisms to hate and envy at the manner in which they changed the game.
“It’s a shock when someone comes into the industry and changes the game in a week. Then someone wants to take bread out of someone’s mouth for their political gain.”
For Gigi Lamayne, it’s high time South Africans started shading the hate and try encouraging one another.
“As South Africans, we just hate on each other and want to find the negative in every situation,” she said.
Meanwhile, EFF announced on Thursday that it had opened a case of fraud and racketeering against the entertainment company.