Somizi is in trouble, the former manager reveals that he stole from him too.

Somizi is in trouble, the former manager reveals that he stole from him too.

Somizi is in trouble, the former manager reveals that he stole from him too.
Former artist manager Veli Dlamini has told how he lost his vehicle and medical care cover after choreographer Somizi Mhlongo allegedly dumped him on a contract to supply a fitness DVD that he had invested quite R100,000 in.

Dlamini is that the person to publicly accuse Mhlongo in the week of shortchanging him after budding producer Hastings Moeng also alleged Mhlongo had stolen his idea for cooking show Dinner at Somizi‘s.

Dlamini said he was speaking publicly for the primary time about his matter after seeing Moeng’s story reported by Sowetan and realised he wasn’t the sole one who had been “robbed” by Mhlongo. He said he was now considering taking action.

Sowetan sent Mhlongo questions on Dlamini’s allegations via e-mail, SMS, and WhatsApp text but he did not respond. When involved his side of the story, he simply said “f**k you”, before hanging up.

Somizi is in trouble, the former manager reveals that he stole from him too.Dlamini said in 2012 he approached Mhlongo with the concept for a dance fitness DVD, which can take local dance moves like kwaito and switch them into a uniquely South African dance fitness programme to be released and sold commercially.

Dlamini said in June 2013 he entered into a legal contract with Mhlongo to shoot the dance fitness DVD that Mhlongo would offer creative direction and dance instruction services. The agreement, however, didn’t contain an exclusivity clause.

He said he had invested quite R100,000 within the project and had taken a R65,000 loan , which he later struggled to repay in 2015 after Mhlongo abandoned the project and instead produced an identical fitness DVD under a special name. In terms of the signed agreement, the DVD would be called Kwaitone Dance Fitness.

Dlamini said their fitness programme project was shot in 2013 and 2014 with him footing the bill for production costs, graphic design, the photo shoot, catering and flights and accommodation. Dlamini said he further paid a deposit for clinical trials at a Gauteng university to affirm that the programme would achieve the specified results.

Mhlongo released the Grind with Somizi in 2016, which Dlamini said was an equivalent concept he had worked on but released under a special name.

“So, in 2014 we then reshot the DVD and began post-production also as designing artwork for the DVD packaging. During the course of it Somizi would post on his Instagram promoting the DVD and CC [tag] me in a number of his posts,” Dlamini said.

“The problem started once I would ask him about his contribution, which he would be irritated about… he then got employment to be a judge on Idols SA. For no apparent reason he started ignoring my calls and he blocked me on WhatsApp.”

Dlamini said he initially believed Mhlongo was too busy with Idols SA to specializeSomizi is in trouble, the former manager reveals that he stole from him too. in finishing their project.

“Then a lover informed me that Somizi was close to release a dance fitness DVD called Grind with Somizi and needless to mention, i used to be shocked and angry,” Dlamini said. Sowetan has seen promo videos of the Kwaitone shoot with Mhlongo, including several Instagram posts where Mhlongo, wearing Kwaitone branded vests teased his followers about the upcoming DVD.

He said he contacted Mhlongo who dared him to satisfy in court before blocking his texts and calls.

Sowetan has seen several messages between Mhlongo and Dlamini which were exchanged during May 2016. In one among them Mhlongo told Dlamini: “Don’t ever ask me directly. I m blocking u again.”

“I went through depression, I couldn’t even pay my medical care and was forced to require my son to a public hospital. My car got repossessed as i used to be financially broke afterwards, switching faraway from life and only started recovering in 2017,” Dlamini said.

He said on the discharge of the Grind with Somizi DVD, he contacted his manager, Thato Matuka, who told him he wasn’t conscious of the matter and promised to “look into it”.

Matuka told Sowetan yesterday: “I can confirm Mr Veli did contact me. I indicated to him the matter he was bringing to my attention was way before my time with Somizi. I rightfully handed the interest the client as i used to be not a part of initial discussions and wasn’t aware about the small print thereof.”

Lawyer Ulrich Roux said to enjoy protection from the Copyright Act, the thought must be during a material form.

“So if the thought is shared, it might be recommended that the thought is shared during a material form, so within the sort of a script, an essay or a quick plan outline. Further, all correspondence, notes and other sorts of communication are recorded and kept safe within the event it’s disputed that the thought didn’t originate with the creator,” Roux said.