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By unknown | Oct 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Cecil Motsepe

Cecil Motsepe

Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, the late jazz Picasso who committed suicide in 2001, must be turning in his grave.

His 12-year-old son can't access royalties generated by the legend's music because family members are entangled in a bitter dispute over the estate.

The internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and producer was found hanged next to the body of his wife Florence on February 13 2001. He was 27.

Seven years on his only child is suffering hardship despite being the sole heir to the estate.

Sowetan can reveal that the South African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) is withholding more than R360000 while Molelekwa's son is living in poverty.

This is because when the Johannesburg family court appointed the musician's father Jerry Molelekwa as administrator of the estate he was unaware that Florence's family had also approached the master of the high court in Pretoria, who also appointed an administrator for the same estate.

To make matters worse, Florence's family got an order in 2002, which gave them the right to adopt the child.

Sowetan has reliably learnt that Molelekwa's family is not allowed to come anywhere near their grandson.

We also understand that his father is challenging the adoption order on the grounds that it was done without his knowledge.

In the wake of the confusion, Daniel Thulare, a senior magistrate at the Johannesburg family court, recommended that an independent lawyer be appointed to "look after the interests of the child".

Meanwhile, Samro said yesterday that the money would only be released once the court has made a ruling.


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