‘Bopha’ hitmakers, Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa detained in Zim

Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa were held up at a hotel in Zimbabwe on Monday morning as the lawyers from both sides made a deal.

The Scorpion Kings composers; Kabelo Motha famously known as Kabza De Small and Themba Sekowe aka DJ Maphorisa, were detained in Zimbabwe after a warrant of arrest was issued against the duo on 18 September.

The two were arrested at Holiday Inn Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe.

It was rumoured the duo did not honour their invitation, in April, to perform at an event in Zimbabwe and subsequently failed to refund the Victoria Falls Carnival promoters who had booked them.

Their arrest comes after the South African amapiano DJs performed at another show in Bulawayo over the weekend, which led to the said promoter’s applying for an arrest warrant for Maphorisa and Kabza De Small.

Kabza De Small, 29, and Maphorisa, 34, were then detained and banned from flying out of Zimbabwe until the matter was resolved.

Warrant of arrest

“Now therefore you are required and directed that you take Kabelo Petrus Motha [Kabza] and Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe [Maphorisa] of which they are found in Zimbabwe and deliver them to the keeper of the gaol at Bulawayo Prison, together with a copy of this writ, there to be safely kept until they are served with the summons against them issued by the High Court in Bulawayo,” the warrant read.

According to the SowetanLIVE, the Bopha hitmakers were sued more than R300 000 by the Zimbabwean company.

Final settlement of the matter

Speaking to the publication, Zimbabwean-based attorney Zibusiso Ncube, who is representing the artists, said after the musicians failed to pitch for the event, Kabza and Maphorisa as well as the carnival organisers agreed to refund R230 000 in a full and final settlement of the matter.

Kabza and Maphorisa were held up at a hotel in Zimbabwe on Monday morning, as the duo and plantiff’s [carnival organisers] lawyers made a deal. However, they were allowed to leave on Monday afternoon and boarded a plane to Johannesburg around 4pm.

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