Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

16 December 2004

Botswana: Investigations Ongoing On Mzekezeke Impersonation Case

Police in Maun are still trying to piece together clues in a case in which a man who masqueraded as the masked South African artist, Mzekezeke swindled revellers of their money at a village nightclub.

Last month patrons at Trekkers nightclub were stunned when they realised that the man on stage whom they had expected to be Mzekezeke, was a fake.

According to some revellers, the man belted about two songs. But when he was about to sing the third song, he panicked and fled the stage.

The owner of the club, Tops Masole had to calm the angry crowd, as they were about to riot. But Masole denied that he had anything to do with the aborted show. He said the promoters of the show had hired his premises.

Masole said earlier he could not speak to "Mzekezeke" because he was told that he could only communicate in Zulu.

Masole claimed that the con artist, turned out to be a showbiz personality, Bull Dogg. He said Bull Dogg later turned up at the nightclub in the morning to apologise for the incident. Masole said it was Bull Dogg's girlfriend who collected the entrance fees for the show.

Even two dancers, who were performing with the artist, revealed that the masked man was Bull Dogg. According to them, they had earlier planned to stage a similar show in Serowe before they came to Maun.

However, Bull Dogg has denied any involvement in the controversial concert. He has since threatened to sue people who associated him with the show.

However, Showbiz has learnt that Bull Dogg was locked up for a night at the Sir Seretse Khama Airport police station in connection with the case.

The Station Commander for Maun Police, Superintendent Moitali Thokweng confirmed that three suspects were detained last month. Thokweng said the investigating officer came to Gaborone to follow up the suspects. "The suspects gave their side of the stories which we wanted to verify."

But he said investigations are continuing in this matter. He said so far, nobody has been formally charged. He added that once when they have finished with the investigations, they would decide on what charges the suspects should face.

Meanwhile, Bull Dogg who turned up at the Showbiz offices to promote his newly released album, said he was not interested in discussing the matter. When he was asked about the Mzekezeke saga, he said did not want to comment on that matter. "I came here to promote my album and not to talk about Mzekezeke," he said. He added that his lawyers were handling the case.

Meanwhile, Bull Dogg has released a new album, entitled "Ditonki Tsele". The eight-track album features songs Ditonki tsele, Diwagawaga, Jika, Banana, Ngwedzi, Chanana, Chiwele and Ditonki (instrumental). He promised that the album was going to take everybody by storm.

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