Amapiano king DJ Maphorisa’s neighbours have unleashed “maphorisa” on him for allegedly breaking Covid-19 regulations in his residential complex.
In a case that resembles an act of setting the cat among the pigeons, popular entertainer and Amapiano specialist DJ Maphorisa has found himself in serious trouble after neighbours called the police to his residential place, for breaching Covid-19 regulations.
In the attempt to contain the deadly virus, the government has put in place a number measures, among them the maintenance of social distancing, avoiding gatherings and doing away with non essential movements.
DJ Maphorisa is said to have been in the habit of bringing people to his residential complex, a move that is in direct conflict with the regulations. According to Sunday World, the police descended on Maphorisa’s mansion in the Break free residential complex in Midrand.
This happened after the area's homeowners association (HOA) complained that Maphorisa was violating regulations meant to stop the spread of coronavirus, which is a highly contagious disease that has claimed many lives across the globe.
A HOA member wrote a letter of complaint to owners.
The letter, a copy of which is in the possession of the local publication, reads: “Dear Breakfree Residents, we have a serious problem in the Estate with the owner of unit 98, DJ Maphorisa. As the HOA, we are not happy with his behaviour.
According to the letter a notice was issued to the effect that no visitors will be allowed into the estate. And it is alleged that Maphorisa was in the habit of driving in and out bringing people into the estate.
It also alleged that he was disturbing their peace by making a lot of noise. The letter pointed out that attempts were made to engage him over his behaviour.
“We have approached him as the HOA, and he is ignoring our instructions. We tried to get SAPS involved. They cannot help us as this is his private residence and there are not over 50 people gathering. He is contravening the rules of the Covid-19 and putting the lives of everyone in the estate in jeopardy because it is said that this virus is airborne. We need all hands on deck to stop this madness,” read party of the letter.
The member of the association went further to explain that as HOA, they drafted a code of conduct with regulations that abolished the bringing in of visitors, as a way to reduce the chances of importing the virus into the compound. He added that Maphorisa breached these regulations and brought in several people into the complex last Saturday.
“When we tried to speak to him, he told us that he had to work so that he could pay his bills. He has a studio in the complex and his visitors come here to make music, thus putting our health at risk because we don’t know if they are Covid-19 positive or not,” said the resident.
It is reported that the police came to his area only to leave after he told them that he had not broken any law, because he was bringing people who were less than 50. According to one of the coronavirus regulations it is not allowed for more than 50 persons to gather and Maphorisa said he brought in less than that number, so the police could not do anything.
The residents called on the artist to respect the peace and safety of others. “We are appealing to the artists not to honour his request to come and work here for the sake of our and their safety. As we make sacrifices, they too must make sacrifices by restricting movements. Either that or we will go to court to have his studio equipment confiscated.”
To the contrary, while the Gauteng police spokesman Vish Naidoo did confirm that they were called to the complex to intervene, he said the police details could not gain access because the security guards blocked them.