Kwaito king Arthur Mafokate is hopping mad after criminals broke into his multi-million rand Midrand house and made away with studio equipment worth about R400 000.
In a desperate attempt to recover the stolen items, Mafokate is offering a R20 000 reward to anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the arrest of the suspects.
Speaking to City Press this morning, Mafokate said he was relaxing in one of his Midrand houses yesterday when he received a call from his producer, DJ Wash, that his crib, situated in Vona Valley was broken into.
“I immediately rushed there and did not like what I saw. They broke the door of the main entrance to the studio and stole almost all expensive equipment. They then went into the other room and stole some expensive cables and costumes belonging to my dancers,” he said.
Mafokate said the burglars also stole speakers, software disks, hard drives, sound mixers and computers containing old and new songs they plan to release in the festive season.
“All the songs which were produced for Chomee, Pantsula and Pale were saved in those computers and the unfortunate part of it is that we did not have a back-up. I’m offering a R20 000 reward to anyone who can help us recover the items. I’m worried about the music which is contained in the computers,” he said.
Mafokate said he suspects the burglars were familiar with the house.
“By the look of things they knew what was in the house and they took only what they wanted. I think I have an idea of who those people are, but I will leave everything in the hands of the police,” he said.
Mafokate has opened a case of house breaking and theft at the Midrand Police Station.
Mafokate is not the only artist who fell prey to criminals recently.
Lira and her husband, Robin Kohl, were returning home from a Women’s Day concert in the south of Jozi when they saw criminals looting their house. They immediately phoned the police but the suspects escaped through their neighbours’ gate.
The items were later recovered and some of the suspects were reportedly arrested.
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