Musician Thebe Mogane has angered a businessperson after he allegedly missed an event that he was booked to perform in Maseru, Lesotho, three weeks ago for which he was paid a R10 000 deposit.
Berry Matseletsele from Lasberry Entertainment, which organised the gig, said that he incurred the wrath of the crowd after they were told that the muso was no longer coming.
Though the organisers pleaded with the sold-out crowd to be calm, their pleas fell on deaf ears as they hurled insults at them.
The hitmaker was slapped with a small claims court letter of demand from Berry Bereng Matseletsele after he was forced to cancel his music festival on January 2 due to an alleged breach of contract on Mogane's part.
"I hereby claim from you the payment of R10 000 in respect of [a refund for an event] that was supposed to take place in Maseru, Lesotho. Thebe took a gig in Maseru two days before January 2 2021 against our agreement of not performing in Maseru five days before our event and five days after our event," the letter reads.
Matseletsele said: “His no-show caused a lot of reputational damage for us. It was embarrassing to explain to the fans that he did not pitch for the gig.
“Some fans did not believe us, they thought we had duped them into believing that he was part of the show to attract more crowds.”
Though Thebe has lost his shine in South Africa, he is still a hit in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
The organisers have since taken him to court after the Abuti Bula Boot hitmaker failed to pay back the money.
Matseletsele said: “I was disappointed in Thebe when he decided to honour another event when we were the ones who booked him first.
“He failed to honour our agreement not to accept other bookings in Maseru on that day, he went ahead and took another and failed to pitch for our gig.
“What irritates me the most is that he is no longer taking our calls. He had the audacity to lie when the authorities called him regarding this matter.”
Matseletsele added: “I don’t think we will ever work with him in the future because he is treating us like no-bodies.”
Mogane, who released his debut album Tempy Pusher in 1995, refused to comment.