In the build-up to last month’s local government elections, self-proclaimed king of kwasa kwasa and President Jacob Zuma die-hard supporter Malo A Botsheba criss-crossed the country in a convoy consisting of his fleet of cars and taxis campaigning for the ruling party.
But Malo A Botsheba, real name Steven Sefofa, is likely to now be dispossessed of his cars and taxis. Malo has turned to appealing to Good Samaritans to help him with funds to pay his debts on these vehicles. All his cars and taxis are branded in ANC colours.
On Monday, Malo confirmed that he was set to lose his wheels.
“Please, come and assist me,” Malo pleaded. “I was volunteering for the ANC.
“The bank has written a letter demanding that I settle my arrears by September 23.
“I did not pay. When they called me this morning, I told them that I don’t have money.”
He added: “If the repo men pounce on me, I will be blacklisted. That would be the end of my life.”
Malo is at least R300 000 in arrears and was supposed to pay a R280 000 monthly instalment.
He stopped paying in July, and said the thought he would be one of the lucky 180 local musicians to receive R50 000 each as a token of appreciation from the SABC.
“I thought Hlaudi Motsoeneng will give me R50 000,” he said.
Last month Motsoeneng announced that the cash-strapped SABC would give local music icons R50 000 each as a gift from the public broadcaster.
However, Malo said he would never stop loving or campaigning for the ANC, despite his challenges.
“I will not be the first one to lose cars,” said Malo. In what could be construed as a reference to EFF leader Julius Malema, he said: “Well-known people have lost farms and houses.
“Even if they reposses my cars and taxis, I will use a donkey cart to campaign for the ANC in the 2019 general election.”
He stays with his family in the poverty-stricken village of Mohlabaneng , outside Giyani in Limpopo.
Malo is the uncle of Louis Mabokela, who was charged with malicious damage to property for defacing Brett Murray’s The Spear, the infamous artwork that exposed Zuma’s private parts. Mabokela entered the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, with Barend la Grange, another art vandaliser, to smear paint on the artwork in 2012.