The Zahara Paradigm
Okay, I’ve read everyone’s opinion on the whole Zahara saga with TS Records. I actually loved the fact that it was on both big Sunday tabloids and they covered the story differently. Sunday Sun gave us Zahara’s side of the story and Sowetan Sunday World gave us the story from the sister. The sister apparently claims that Zahara is being cheated off her money and they haven’t received the things that THEY were promised as a family. Zahara allegedly responded by stating that it’s her money and she will spend it how she sees fit. The public has gone on to question why is she still living with the Nciza family, why is she doing chores, why doesn’t she have her own car, etc? Then the “accountants and auditors” went on to try and calculate how much money she has made and how much should approximately be in her bank accounts. I found that completely ridiculous as nobody had receipts, but that’s a story for another day.
I first would like to address the Sunday World story, if Zahara’s sister really did go to the papers uyaphapha. As Black people we must stop having this sense of entitlement when it comes to things that are not ours. Some of you reading this article have calculated how much you stand to gain should your parents or siblings kick the bucket. Some of you have strained relationships with your sister/brother in-laws because you believe that you have a right to comment regarding your siblings financial affairs. Some of you believe that because your older sibling works they are obliged to help you financially. Zahara owes her sister NOTHING, in fact, she owes her family NOTHING. Nobody is obligated to support their family should they succeed financially.
You help your family out because it is something that comes from the goodness of your heart. The artist that gave us Loliwe was not Zahara & the Mkutukana’s. That girl was up on those concert stages by herself and she was scared to death on that swing at the Metro FM awards by herself. Therefore the allegations that the family was promised a farm and a car, which will stay in the Eastern Cape for when Zahara visits, is just ridiculous. TS Records and Zahara owe the Mkutukana’s nothing.
Having said that, I did an interview with Zahara last year in December and she informed me that she extended their family home and upgraded the utilities to the point that her parents are the first ones in the village to flush. I believe this because on the picture on Sunday World, Zahara’s mom is standing next to a freshly painted big house that is painted with the same colour as the freshly painted shack that they claimed the family still lives in. Attention to detail, people!
Then there’s the issue of Zahara living at the Nciza’s, doing housework and not having a car. What people do not get is that JoBurg is a daunting place. It overwhelmed me and I am a city boy. It gets even worse when you mix that with the cutthroat entertainment industry where people in the industry jump to offer you cocaine if they see that success is looming and some prominent women play the role of escort agents using young female in the industry. Therefore I understand if Zahara prefers to stay with a family unit that will somehow shield her from all these vultures. I can just picture what could have been if Zahara had lived on her own and was completely independent, as extreme as my scenario is but it is highly possible, she would probably be on coke and drinking like she belongs on my father’s side of the family. She would be in the papers for all the wrong things.
I am glad that the Nciza’s took her in and are essentially protecting her. As for the chores, as Lelo so eloquently put it, celebrity or no celebrity if you live with me we are all going to contribute to keeping the house clean. Even my celebrity friends know that my house is ran like a self-catering lodge. If you visit me regularly and expect me to offer you something to drink when you can clearly stand and open the fridge, you will die of thirst. You’re a celebrity to your fans, ikwami lana. I read some tweets about a car being a necessity, well that is true if you don’t have anybody willing to drive you to where you need to be. I have never seen a tweet or a facebook status about Zahara being seen in a taxi, so essentially, nobody is being abused. I would be so happy if TK or Nhlanhla offered to drive me around JoBurg.
The last thing that annoyed me was when I saw the tweets directed at DJ Sbu and Nhlanhla Nciza. It is just sad what people use twitter for. You can’t read a tabloid, make up your mind and then go on to attack people. Nobody knows for sure that TS Records scammed Zahara and from what I read on the papers, there is nothing to conclude that. All that was in the papers was vague speculations driven by an agenda to create controversy. Even if TS Records was scamming Zahara, they are not that arrogant and stupid to do it in this fashion. That is why on Ukhozi FM we decided to poke fun at the whole story because there was really nothing newsworthy. That’s my 47c on this whole nonsense.
*cues Umthwalo Wami Uyangisinda….*