Idols SA’s Runner-Up Mthokozisi On Deals He Lost Due To Assault Charges. The promising young artist that most South Africans loved from Idols SA Mthokozisi Ndaba left a number of his fans disappointed when he was accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg, Hillbrow Last year. The woman pressed charges and the news made headlines which led to him losing out on more deals that would have played a huge part in blossoming his musical career.
Mthokozisi said he went to ground after the incident because the accusations nearly ruined his career. There has been no new developments in the case.
“I didn’t run away. The thing is most of the gigs are in Johannesburg and when we knocked we got no reply. A lot of sponsors dropped me. Many of them pulled out because of the incident. I was down, I was feeling low, so I decided to go back to KZN and regain my strength.”
One of the deals that also quickly turned sour was his recording deal with Gallo Music.
The Idols SA runner-up worked with the company on his first single immediately after the competition but an insider told TshisaLIVE that they had become frustrated with the star because he was not co-operating and would avoid calls and engagement.
“He was not co-operating. He would avoid phone calls and could not be found when he was needed. He was not interested in doing what he was asked to. It seems like he wanted to do his own things. The label wanted to work with him badly but it was not working out and he is no longer with them,” the insider said.
Mthokozisi rubbished the allegations, claiming the record company didn’t support him duing the ordeal and would not speak to his representatives after he left his former management.
“After Idols we were supposed to sign a contract with them but they didn’t contact me. During the allegations, I spoke for myself and with the help from KZN government. They never even phoned me to find out if it was true or not. They have not even checked up on me. It is not true that I am unapproachable. They just did not want to go through my publicist. I resigned from my former manager during the allegations. I lost 21 gigs because people were saying they could not get hold of her. All the gigs I get by myself now.”
He said that he was releasing music as an independent artist now and would soon release a tell-all book about his life, accompanied by a 10- track album.