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Legal Problems For Makhadzi After ‘No Show’

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Open Mic a record label that signed Makhadzi has been hit with a R159,000 letter of demand after she failed to honor a program at Limpopo.

Mxolisi Kabinde from Kabinde Attorneys Inc presented the label in May on behalf of Paledi Events Management asking for a possible cause of action for Makhadzi no-show at the all-white party held in December at Malapile Park in Rathoke. Paledi had paid the record label R70,000 for the singer’s services and other costs that included alcohol and hotel accommodation for her crew members.

As claimed by Kabinde, the R159,000 that Paledi is asking for includes advertising costs security services, decoration services, security services, stage, lighting costs, and sound system.

The letter reads: “You breached the terms of the agreement between you and our client in that the artist booked by our client failed to arrive and perform at the event.

“As a result of your failure to honor the agreement with our client, our client has suffered damages in the sum of R70,000. In the alternative, you have been unduly enriched by the contract amount of R70,000.

“We now have instructions to demand the payment of the sum of R158,750 within 14 days of receipt of this letter. Your failure to accede to our demand will result in us with no further notice instituting legal action to claim the amount demanded by our client.”

As stated by Paledi’s co-founder Modibane Legoabe, those endeavors have since been put to death’s ears.

“They also asked for additions which included three Moët champagne bottles, three Hennessy bottles, platters, and accommodation, which all cost me an additional R5,000,” he commented.

A booking contract was signed by Open Mic’s co-founder Molau Rammala and Paledi’s Thabo Balili.

“Our initial deal was that she would perform at my event at 6 pm before going to her other event in Polokwane. Around 8 pm, I reached out as they had not arrived and a Dineo (Dhlamini) gave me a number to contact Makhadzi on. The singer confirmed that they were running late and would perform at my event at 11.30 pm,” said Legoabe.

After sending the event’s location twice, Legoabe said Makhadzi and crew went mute and did not respond to his numerous calls.

Nonetheless, as stated by Open Mic’s advocate Nkateko Maluleke, Makhadzi was not feeling too well and communication was not conveyed to organizers.

“We then asked that they forward a remission invoice for reimbursement. We don’t always take the money and not perform. She wasn’t well and there’s nothing you can do about it.

“She’s not a machine, she’s human. It is not a norm to miss events and if we do, we communicate with (the) client and when we do, refunding is not an issue at all,” he said.

He also stated that Paledi did not contact any of the team crew about the letter of demand.

“Or what we would normally do is do an event swap, where we give them a credit for the next event. They haven’t reached out to us … I am hearing from you that they are now calling the media.”

But Legoabe disagrees that they did not try to get in touch with Makhadzi’s team. He also stated he has no knowledge of the singer being sick of any sort.

Lawyer Mxolisi Kabinde stated that they will be presenting Makhadzi’s record label with summons soon.

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