Kwaito star and TV presenter Bonginkosi “Zola 7” Dlamini was involved in a bust-up with his friends Melusi Zulu and Siyabonga Gamede over two bottles of whisky at his Melville, Joburg, house last Friday night.
The bust-up, which attracted the attention of his neighbours, almost degenerated into a fisticuffs as Zola confiscated the firewaters, called his friends “hitmen” and kicked them out of the house in the middle of the night.
Speaking from his Kempton Park townhouse, a fuming Zulu said the Isibaya actor invited him to his house to chill last Friday.
“We arrived there with a few beers in our car and started drinking them with him,” he said.
Zulu said they then went to the local bottle store to replenish after running out of booze.
“I bought a bottle of Johnny Walker Red Label and a bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label, and returned to the house.”
Zulu said upon their return to Dlamini’s studio, he told them he wanted to run a few errands and left.
“I then opened the bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label and started drinking it with my friends.”
According to Zulu, when Dlamini returned, he asked him why the whisky bottle had been opened without his permission.
“He said to me ‘Zulu ku kwaDlamini la! Why did you open this bottle? This is an ancestral place and nobody but me is allowed to open a bottle of whisky’,” he said.
“He then grabbed the bottle and walked out of the studio. I asked myself why was he doing that, but thought it was because he was drunk.”
When asked for comment, Dlamini, who is set to present the new Mzansi Magic reality show Utatakho , replied with a threatening SMS .
Zulu said he then went to the car to fetch the Johnny Walker Red Label bottle, opened it and drank it with his friends.
“Zola returned and screamed at me again. He said ‘Melusi, why are you not listening to me? This is an ancestral place. I’m the only one who can open the bottle here, not you.’ He then grabbed this bottle too and walked out of the studio, leaving us with no alcohol, before saying ‘Melusi phuma nezinkabi zakho, ang’sakufuni la, hamba’ [Melusi get out with your hitmen. I don’t want see you here again].”
Zulu said a bust-up erupted when he confronted Dlamini about ill-treating him.
He said Dlamini then subjected him to barrage of verbal abuse.
“When he was charging at me, I left as neighbours were gathering,” he said.
“Our friendship is strained. I had been there for him when things were bad. Now that things are going well for him, he is treating me like this. I’m sad.”