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Welcome 'conned' another Msomi

Disgraced playwright and theatre legend Welcome Msomi.
Disgraced playwright and theatre legend Welcome Msomi.
Image: Frennie Shivambu/ Gallo Images

A music promoter has accused legendary playwright Welcome Msomi of scamming him.

Siyabonga Msomi, no relation, is Welcome's alleged new victim. It emerged just two weeks after co-founder of the Naledi Theatre Awards, Dawn Lindberg, revealed that she was also allegedly swindled by Msomi.

Siyabonga, promoter of the popular UGU Jazz Festival in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-
Natal, was allegedly defrauded of R390,000.

On Monday, Msomi's lawyer Benito Mangolele said he first needed to consult with his client. Yesterday, Mangolele responded: "My instructions are that we're not commenting."

Msomi is currently in jail for allegedly stealing R8m from the Living Legends Trust Fund. He was arrested three weeks ago in Durban and he was denied bail last week.

Siyabonga said in 2017 he approached Welcome to get a loan to settle some debts while waiting for municipalities and sponsors to pay him. Msomi allegedly promised to get him a R2m loan in Dubai. However, he allegedly first asked for an administration fee, which amounted to R390,000, as it was an international loan.

According to text messages between Welcome and Siyabonga, which Sowetan has seen, the money was transferred to Msomi's FNB account at 1.55pm on September 1 2017.

"[But] after transferring the money to his [Welcome's] account, he went quiet. There were no updates about the money and I got worried.

"He even ignored my calls. When he finally answered, he said he would return my money because I wanted to pull out of the loan deal."

According to text messages, Welcome kept promising to refund him, claiming that there were delays. Siyabonga located Welcome at his communications company offices in Sandton in February 2018. "He said he did not have money at that time but promised to pay as soon as he got it. He pleaded poverty to me."

Siyabonga said he was shocked to receive just R30,000 in September 2018.

"Welcome really disappointed me. I approached him for help but he saw a chance to scam me. I wish they lock him up and throw the key away."

Siyabonga said he opened a case against Welcome but the prosecutor would not issue a warrant for his arrest "because there was an agreement between us when the money was released".

KZN police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said they would not be able to comment as they didn't have the docket.

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