“Raphael Mabaso of Infinite Boys has swindled me out of R44 500!”
The Pro-Vintage Event management company owner claimed he gave Raphael money to book artists for his festival in Limpopo.
Mike said Raphael “chowed” some of the money instead of booking artists.
He said he had roped Raphael in to help him book artists for his second annual Sekhukhune Picnic Fiesta.
This took place at Monsterlus Stadium on 26 December – but the party wasn’t the huge success Mike had hoped it would be.
“I trusted him because together with his brother they’re always hosting events in Daveyton.
“I didn’t want the stress of dealing with artists and managers.
“I thought by letting him focus on that, I’ll have more time to focus on the other logistics of the festival.
“But the festival was a flop.
“This was because only DJ Mshega and Vetkoek and Mahoota performed,” Mike said angrily.
He said he’s furious because Raphael acts as if nothing’s wrong, and now fans in his home town are up in arms.
“I deposited R80 000 into Raphael’s account and he lied to me about the artists’ fee.
“I gave him R30 000 for Kwesta but he only paid R10 000 after telling me Kwesta charges R45 000.
“I gave him R20 000 for Uhuru and he didn’t pay them a cent, or give Mpumi her R15 000.
“The rest of the money he paid to Mshega and Vetkoek and Mahoota.
“When I asked Raphael what happened he said he’ll refund me,” Mike claimed.
He said what angers him the most is that Raphael took him for “a fool and a rural boy”.
“I don’t want anything to do with Raphael and his brother.
“All I want is my money back so I can start planning a free music festival in Sekhukhune – to say sorry,” said Mike.
Raphael promised to send us a contract and sent one without signatures.