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Tone-deaf thieves in Mafikizolo's off-key London welcome

By unknown | Nov 07, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

As Afro-pop group Mafikizolo stole the hearts of fans in Stratford Rex, London, on Friday, thieves stole the band's cellphones, iPods and cash.

While Mafikizolo entertained thousands of their fans on stage, daring thieves broke into their dressing room and helped themselves to the band's possessions.

It is still unclear how the thieves managed to break through the security cordon and enter the dressing room.

"There was supposed to be somebody guarding the dressing room all the time," said Theo Kgosinke, a band member.

"Worse still, the promoters seem not to have taken responsibility for the incident and didn't even bother to apologise to us. I lost a cellphone and about £40 [about R450].

"Castro Mkhize, a dancer with the group, lost a cellphone as well, while a woman who was part of the support staff lost money and a cellphone."

Nhlanhla Nciza, part of the duo that makes up the face of Mafikizolo, was spared the humiliation of having her privacy invaded because her cellphone and other possessions were with band manager, Julius Mekoa.

"It simply shows that crime is everywhere," Kgosinke said.

"However, besides this unfortunate incident, the show was great with several fans coming from as far as Scotland."

The band's performance in London marked the launch of the group's new album Six Mabone.

Mafikizolo are returning from the UK on Sunday morning.


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