LADYSMITH Black Mambazo have finally paid the Solomon Linda family the money they promised them in June.

The transfer was done on Wednesday afternoon after the People’s Paper carried the story.

Family spokesman Themba Dladla said the group’s manager Xolani Majozi contacted him. “I’ve been in contact with Majozi and I’ve received proof of payment,” he said.

He said he hoped the money would have cleared by yesterday.

“Then I’ll inform the family accordingly. We are glad they eventually fulfilled their promise.”

Majozi did not appreciate the intervention from the People’s Paper.

“I’m not happy the family spoke to the media about this.

“It creates a bad image for the group and it gives the paper an undue credit. I feel we were not given an opportunity to sort out this matter.

“I want to clarify we were not pressurised by the paper to pay.”

On Wednesday Daily Sun reported the award-winning group failed to keep its promise. It was reported it promised to pay the family R20 000 in honour of Linda’s contribution to scathamiya after the group hosted their first Cothozoze and Acapella Music Awards.

Dladla told Daily Sun he understood the group was under no obligation to pay. “The family has not received the money. We’ve been waiting in vain,” he said.

When Majozi was contacted, he said: “We weren’t aware they hadn’t received the money. If they haven’t been paid, it’s pure negligence on our part.”