After a failed attempt to arrest South African house musician Heavy K earlier this week, the organisers of Morobosi Music festival are still running around to find Deputy Sheriff, Bashir Kennekae alleged to have facilitated the suspect’s escape and hiding.
Heavy K, formerly known as Mkhululi Siqula owes the Morobosi organisers money to the tune of P87, 000 after failing to show up at the 2017 New Year’ Eve event at Raselwa Farms in Tswapong Hills. Following the no show, one of the organisers, Phaf Phafana told Arts & Culture in an interview that the same Kennekae who confiscated Heavy K’s passport has disappeared and is not taking any calls from neither them nor authorities.
Phafana explained that they would now use the same legal framework to force Kennekae to comply.
“He initially did the arrest, but I was worried he was working for him (Kennekae).
He was supposed to take him into custody but instead he called me saying that he had gone to the airport to cancel Heavy K’s flight,” he said. Phafana further said so far, there is no record of the two crossing the border, therefore he alleges that they might be hiding somewhere. He was also disappointed with some of the local music promoters who seemed to have aided Heavy K to avoid arrest.
“We saw some of them at a hotel on the day of the arrest and they must have helped to smuggle him out of the hotel,” he said.
The promoter was also quick to announce that initially he was the one who was lenient on the issue because they had long secured the warrant before the easy to love hitmaker’s show at Bahama Lounge in Gaborone on Sunday. “We let him to perform first and then let the law to take its cause later to avoid chaos. We knew it would have been painful for the supporters and promoters if we had moved for Heavy K’s arrest during the performance,” he highlighted.
Phafana said they did not want any publicity, no wonder they engaged the media later when the deputy sheriff failed to do his job.
He claimed that after Hilton Inn Hotel management threw them out the hotel, they would face the consequences of interfering with a court order.
“That hotel was a safe haven for wrong doing. The management told us that they are still consulting with their lawyers in Dubai, so to them the law of Botswana comes second,” he alleged.
Phafana also said he could not provide more details about the matter because the law enforcement agents are currently dealing with the issue of Hilton Inn Hotel separately. Going forward, he said they would have to be radical, robust and leave no stone unturned on the matter. He said there were rumours that a University of Botswana law student is advising Heavy K on the matter. “He mislead Heavy K and his team and now the SA musician is a runaway and his brand is tarnished,” he revealed. Phafana said Heavy K is not the first artist to fail to honour his end of the deal. Others have since reimbursed them for the past misdeeds.
“Heavy K is no exception and he treated us as if he had never worked with us before,” he said.
Phafana stated that they would like to send a strong message to other South African artists that if they committed acts similar to those the of Heavy K, locals would not hesitate to take action against them.