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Umanji family's turn-about

By unknown | Mar 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

After an initial denial by the family of Limpopo musician Umanji of ever receiving any financial assistance from Doc Shebeleza, the family has now made an about-turn and confirmed having received a cash and cow donation.

The family denied having received any money from Shebeleza, saying they knew nothing about his claims.

The Umanji family in Zebediela, near Lebowakgomo in Limpopo, told Sowetan yesterday they received R3000 from Shebeleza, which he had pledged to the family to help with funeral arrangements.

Umanji died three weeks ago of an Aids-related illness.

He died a pauper in his home village of Mogoto in Zebediela.

Shebeleza and MEC for agriculture Dikeledi Magadzi had said they had assisted the family morally and with cash during and after the funeral.

Shebeleza revealed he had deposited R3000 into the personal bank account of the family spokesman, Andries Mashaba, during the week of the funeral.

Sowetan is in possession of a deposit receipt for the R3000 Shebeleza's company deposited into the personal account of Mashaba (brother to Umanji).

The cash deposit was made on March 1 at Capitec Bank in Cresta, Johannesburg.

But Mashaba denied receiving the money a few days after the deposit was made.

Magadzi has also faxed Sowetan a copy of a receipt of payment for a cow . According to the receipt Magadzi spent R5634 to buy a cow that was cut up at Andy's Butchery for the funeral.


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