AKA’s the former manager, Raphael Benza, has reportedly threatened the musician with legal action after the rapper allegedly failed to pay R500 000 to Benza’s record company, Vth Season.
City Press reports that, Benza and AKA (real name Kiernan Forbes) have been at one another’s throats and accusing each other of not paying their bills.
Court papers, seen by the paper, indicate that the parties signed a separation settlement agreement in July before a sheriff of the court.
Benza and AKA reportedly agreed that “each of them shall be entitled to arrange an audit” after a period of five months, “and to make copies of the accounts books, records, contracts and other material relevant to determine how much they owed each other”.
Even though the actual figure hasn’t been finalised, City Press reports that Vth Season was adamant that AKA should continue to pay for services rendered dating back to March.
However, AKA’s business partner Prince Nyembe told the paper Benza built his record company around AKA’s talent and success. He accused Benza of having “used him [AKA] to maintain the business”.
Benza’s lawyer, David Feinberg, on Friday said AKA was in default as he has not paid Vth Season numerous amounts owing.
“His representatives proposed a repayment plan on an estimated amount of R500 000 in instalments ending in September 2018,” Feinberg said in an email.
He said AKA’s failure to comply was in violation of an agreement that was made in an order of court.
“The repayment proposal was apparently based on ‘affordability’. Vth Season has rejected this proposal as it does not believe it to be reasonable. Vth Season now has to consider legal action as a last resort in relation to the outstanding payments which are currently due, owing and payable.”
AKA denied owning Vth Season any money‚ he instead told City Press the record label lost prestige after he left it.