Veteran and Lesedi FM broadcaster Thuso Motaung has been implicated in a alleged fraud scandal by musician William “Mr Everything” Mthethwa.
In an article by City Press, William has accused the preacher of robbing him by collecting 25 years of royalties from the SA Music Rights Organisation (Samro) without his consent and has opened a case with the hawks.
“He made an agreement with Hollis to say that he would not be paid payola in cash, but he would be paid through royalties on my album. All he had to do was play my songs on radio,” William told the newspaper.
Thuso has denied the allegations after being questioned by City Press.
“Samro pays composers. I am a music composer. I have written songs for many artists. I won’t and will never ask a cent from anyone. Why now after more than 25 years?”
He told them, he was un aware of any investigation by the Hawks.
Williams’ former record label boss confirmed that Thuso’s name was added on to the albums as they had a mutual agreement that the broadcaster would write the singer’s Sesotho lyrics.|
“I didn’t have the power to say anything as it was not my record company. I was just an employee at the time. Now I am wiser and independent. The reason I am exposing this is because Thuso doesn’t want to play my songs on Lesedi FM.”
Lesedi FM has stated that Thuso does not decide which songs are playlisted.
“The corporation would like to state that Motaung is not a music compiler for the station and has no influence in the music played by the station. Mthethwa’s old music is being played on Lesedi FM and we have not received any new submission from him.”
This is not Thuso’s first alleged fraud investigation. In 2007,Thuso, his wife Mmamontha Motaung, 39 and business partner Joshua Ramme were arrested in December on 17 charges, including corruption, fraud, money-laundering and copyright infringement.
They were accused of defrauding the SABC of R32-million in a number of business transactions over several years.
They are accused of defrauding the SABC of R32-million in a number of business transactions over several years and also allegedly contravened contractual obligations for the marketing of products on air and allegedly illegally used the Lesedi FM logo on the packaging of a product they were promoting. The Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court granted Motaung, his wife and Ramme bail of R100 000 each during an appearance last year. – Sapa
Last year, residents of QwaQwa wanted the jock suspended and was being investigated by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) for allegedly insulting the community of QwaQwa in eastern Free State after he allegedly told protesters during his morning show on January 26 that their actions did not affect the South African economy and were ineffective. The community had demanded clean water and other services after the death of eight-year-old Musa Mbele, who drowned at a local river while fetching water.
Khehla Mokoena, who reported the matter to the BCCSA, said its suggested remedy, that Motaung apologise on air, was unacceptable, he needed the presenter to be suspended from his show for at least six months.
“He made utterances that are not so good about protesters, mentioning that we think we are clever and our protesting for basic services such as water supply won’t even affect the economy of this country. “