Dawn Thandeka King’s asking for her money back.

Dawn Thandeka King’s asking for her money back.

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Diep City actress Dawn Thandeka King has had enough and she or he is finally speaking out.

The former Uzalo actress, who is well-known for her role as MaNgcobo on the SABC1 telenovela, has put the KZN Entertainment Awards event organisers on blast.

Dawn won a gift for Best Actress in December last year at the inaugural awards ceremony which was held at the Durban ICC. The award was alleged to be amid a sum of R100 000, but the actress says she has had to fight to urge her money, subsequently only receiving R20 000 of the prize .

According to ILanga newspaper, the actress (who plays Thandiwe on the new Mzansi Magic telenovela, Diep City) has allegedly gotten several empty promises from the organisers who had promised her that payment would be made by March.

Speaking to ILanga newspaper, Dawn allegedly said: “This event was held in December last year, i used to be told that my payment would be made in March, but up so far i have never received anything. There was a situation that forced me to maneuver from Durban to Gauteng, I explained to the organisers what proportion i want this money. They promised to form a deposit as soon as possible but that did not happen.,” Dawn was quoted as saying.

Last month the actress sadly lost her father and she or he allegedly said that the cash would are very helpful during the funeral arrangements, but even then she had not received a cent.
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“When I lost my father last month, I called one among the organisers Mhlonishwa Gumede and told him that i want the cash . I even sent male messengers to talk to him as he would’ve taken me without any consideration because i’m a lady but still he refused to pay me,” Dawn allegedly explained to ILanga newspaper .

She further allegedes that Mhlo Gumede (husband to Zandi Khumalo and former Mabala Noise publicist) then promised to pay her a sum of R50 000 so as to hide her father’s funeral expenses, but only R20 000 was paid into her account.

“I resumed with the preparations as i assumed I had an amount of R50 000 that’s expecting me. i used to be shocked once I received only R20 000. I ended up owing some people. I told them to ask Mhlo for his or her money as he’s the one who promised to pay me my cash and urged me to continue with preparations,” she added.

The KZN Entertainment Awards were plagued with negativity even before the event itself last year. Radio personality Hulisani Ravele slammed the event when prize was announced, questioning where all of those millions would come from.

“Who’s paying? IF it’s govt, this is often a spit within the face of dilapidated schools, kids who cross dangerous rivers & walk for km’s to urge to high school , students who can’t afford tuition. I’m all for celebrating those that had best , the arts, mara please, this is often wasteful expenditure,” Hulisani had asked during a tweet.


Last month, Sunday World reported that a source had revealed that the winners were fuming because it had been four months but that they had still not seen one cent of their winnings.

“People are still within the dark on what happened to the cash they were alleged to bag once they were announced as winners. tons of cash was pumped into that event, media people were flown from different provinces to hide the event and were booked in upmarket hotels. it’d mean the organisers ‘chowed’ the cash ,” said the source.

The publication had also reported that Gumede had refused to account about what has led to the payment delays.

“It is none of your business whether people are paid or not. i’m in touch with the artists and that they are conscious of things ,” Gumede was quoted as saying.