Veteran actor Vusi Thanda is the latest celeb to ask for donations. It appears that the former Emzini Wezinsizwa is struggling financially, and he has appealed for help from the public.
A Facebook user who goes by the name of Nozuko MaRhadebe described how life has knocked him down. She pleaded with those who can help to do so. She said even a R10 would make a big difference, she said.
“As far as am concerned, u Tshawe pha e Mzini wezintsizwa. Ngabantu esikhulele kubo aba kwi entertainment industry. Ubom ke siyabazi bungamajingi qhiwu, akunamntu une formula yabo. Naye bumjudile like anyone. Siyacela bethuna umntu lo R10 yakhe would do. Impilo ayintlanga kuye, at times udinga nale yokuya kuthatha I treatment e clinic, ne age ke ngoku. Ndiyazithoba plz no negative comments bethuna, am not trying to be arrogant but if awunamdla yidla macwaka. Ndizakumcela enze I video ene account number yakhe to avoid I scam. Ngomso ndim ngala mini nguwe. Okwaziyo ukunceda please zinkosi
This translates to “As far as am concerned, this is Tshawe from e Mzini wezintsizwa. These are the people we grew up watching in the entertainment industry. We know life is like can knock you sometimes, no one has their formula. Life has knocked him too like anyone. Please people a person’s R10 can go a long way. Life is not easy for him, at times he needs to go to the clinic for treatment, and age is a problem already.
I humble myself please no negative comments people, am not trying to be arrogant but if you are not interested just keep quiet. I will ask him to make a video with his account number to avoid a scam. Tomorrow is me that day it’s you. Anyone who can help please Lords,” she wrote.
Vusi has since fimed a video of him sharing his banking details and thanked everyone who has donated money into his account.
Another public figure who recently received donations to help him pay SARS is Dr. Malinga. The musician left a lot of people concerned after he detailed how the taxman seized and auctioned his furniture in his presence. The Via Ollado hitmaker was indebted to SARS (South African Revenue Service) R2.1 million over his tax bill.
The singer told Sol Phenduka and MacG that after the Durban July in 2019, he paid R1 million of his R2.1 million debt. Attempts to pay the remaining amount were unsuccessful as he had no gigs coming in.
“In music, you depend on being called for your service,” he said, adding that he tried to reach out for help.
“After two years, SARS came. I called Minister Nathi Mthethwa, we talked. I was calling people that I worked with, but they didn’t come to my rescue,” he said.
The muso said this was a dark period in his life and he had financial problems due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“SARS came. I called Minister Nathi Mthethwa, we talked. Sometimes when I am hungry don’t advise that you have to plough, just dish out for me. I am not bath mouthing him, I am talking about what happened. I was calling people that I worked with, but they didn’t come to my rescue,” he said.
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He continued: “They took everything. When you enter my house, if you don’t have a heart, you will laugh. My house is empty,” he said.
Dr. Malinga said he owes the taxman R500 000. “Auction is painful. I was there, I went there, and then I wanted to say ‘please is not like I don’t want to pay, I don’t have money. I am not trending. I don’t have songs. I am not being called at gigs and I can’t force people to book me,” he said.
Following the interview, fans came to his rescue and donated money towards his bill.