EVERY war has casualties. And the beef between the Mthethwas is no different . . . As it has resulted in a spanking for legendary Kwaito group, Trompies!
This is the latest twist in the much-publicised beef between Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and veteran musician Eugene Mthethwa. And Trompies members claim they’ve had several gigs cancelled on them since the war began last week. The group was allegedly booked to perform in several government gigs in February. But all things changed when the beef reached a climax.
The war started when Eugene claimed his life was in danger because he exposed the minister. He was also quoted as saying that he wouldn’t go to the ANC manifesto launch in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, as he might be assassinated.
But Trompies this week came out guns blazing at the alleged beef. Speaking to the SunTeam, Trompies founding member and revered producer, Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, distanced the group from Eugene.
Said Spikiri: “It’s like we’re in this thing together, but we aren’t. If he indeed said those things, they were his personal opinion and not that of Trompies or Kalawa Jazmee Records.”
Spikiri said other group members only found out about the alleged beef between the minister and Eugene through the media. Insisted Spikiri: “This is hurting us because we’re now affected by it. Our gig was cancelled as a result of his alleged utterance. We don’t want to be involved in this whole saga.”
The artist said they were shocked when they were told their government-sponsored gigs scheduled for February were cancelled.
“We’ve been replaced by another artist. As for Eugene, we haven’t yet spoken to him. But we’ve set up a meeting to understand what’s going on. We’re meeting him on Tuesday,” Spikiri said.
According to Spikiri, Trompies didn’t want to lose its sponsors because of the negative association as a consequence of “the beef”.
Asserted Spikiri: “Eugene didn’t consult with us before saying whatever he said.”
Mthethwa’s office issued a statement on Sunday, in which he said he was suing Eugene for defamation of character. The statement reads, in parts: “Mr Eugene Mthethwa’s statements are defamatory in nature, and are a blatant attempt to cause harm and impairment to the dignity and integrity of the person and office of Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
"The Minister views these allegations in an extremely serious light and it’s apparent to this office the motives of Mr Eugene Mthethwa are nefarious and opportunistic as the ‘threats’ alleged by Mr Eugene Mthethwa are nothing more than a figment of his imagination. However, these statements are extremely harmful and warrant Minister Mthethwa’s decision to seek relief from the courts of law.”
Eugene said everyone in the group had political views. Insisted Eugene: “My political views don’t represent the group. I haven’t spoken to the other Trompies members, as I see no need to. My political issues are mine alone.
– Sunday Sun