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'Arthur doesn't want to pay us'

By unknown | Jun 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

Kwaito star and record company owner Arthur Mafokate's nimble dancers have called it quits because he has not paid them for more than two months.

Candy Shaba, Nkuli Vilakazi and Thando Saliwa, who call themselves Queens of Dance, claim that the 999 boss has refused to hand over the " peanuts" they sweated for in skimpy outfits.

"He has always given us the runaround when it comes to our pay but this time we have had enough," Saliwa says.

The girls have been working for Mafokate for three years and are backing dancers for most of the 999 artists' music videos and live performances.

Notably, they recently backed popular kwaito singer and dancer Chomee.

But the Queens of Dance are not letting Mafokate's alleged abuse trip them up.

Saliwa says: "All we want is our money and that he accepts that we have left the stable. He must stop calling us."

Mafokate says: "I know the girls you are talking about. They are being used by someone to attack me. I know who that person is, but I will not tell you who it is and why they are on to me.

"As far as I know I do not owe anyone anything. Two of the girls worked for me for one year and the other was at the stable for two years."

He admits that the girls did not have contracts.

"I did not issue contracts because they were part-time," Mafokate says.

He refuses to comment on allegations that he ill-treated and abused the dancers.

Creative Workers Union of South Africa general secretary Oupa Lebogo says: "This is a very serious issue. It is a trend in the industry."

He advises the dancers to approach the union.


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