Cops to question R Kelly

US R&B singer Robert Kelly, popularly known as R Kelly, will be questioned by police after allegations that he was involved in an investment scam, police said yesterday.

US R&B singer Robert Kelly, popularly known as R Kelly, will be questioned by police after allegations that he was involved in an investment scam, police said yesterday.

Durban woman Busisiwe Priscilla Zakwe implicated R Kelly in an alleged investment scam that is said to have swindled money out of more than 50 people, many of them pensioners.

Prosecutor Blackie Swart wrote a letter to Kelly's agent Jason Miller, earlier this year asking the singer to explain his involvement but he did not receive any response.

Kelly is at present in South Africa to perform and the investigators are using the opportunity to question him.

"We are leaving Durban for Johannesburg and will have a meeting with Kelly's lawyers tonight [Tuesday]," said one of the investigators, Inspector-Detective Themba Mchunu.

The meeting will be followed by questioning Kelly on Friday.

Zakwe was arrested in 2005 for allegedly taking thousands of rand from investors by promising them they would benefit from ticket sales if they brought an R Kelly tour to the country that year.

Kelly never appeared in the country, but Zakwe claimed she deposited R10,5million into Kelly's account.

Zakwe faced 67 charges of fraud and one of violating the Banking Act by running a scheme without permission.

The trial is expected to start on July 15 and Zakwe is out on bail. - Sapa

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