The three musketeers of Mzansi TV have found themselves in a legal jam.
This as Lungile Radu, Thomas Gumede and Siyabonga Ngwekazi have lost business assets worth R1 million after breaching a TV show contract with Big Brother winners, Ace Khumalo and Ntombi Tshabalala.
The South Gauteng High Court in Jozi has issued a write of execution to the 2015 winners to attach the assets of Parental Advisory Productions, a company jointly owned by the three, with Lungile the managing director.
Read the execution order, in part: “You are hereby directed to attach and take into execution the movable goods of Parental Advisory Productions, the above-mentioned defendants of 81 Oak Avenue Randburg, Joburg, and of the same cause to be realised by public auction the sum of R1 million, together with interest at the rate of 9,0%.
” An affidavit filed by Ace and Ntombi at the court nearly 12 months ago claims they were exploited by Lungile and company, when they agreed to star in a reality TV show called, Ntombi and Ace, which aired on Mzansi Magic.
Read the affidavit, in part: “Immediately after the announcement ceremony of the competition, winners, from the time they (the plaintiffs, Ace and Ntombi) got off stage, they were filmed and followed by cameras. At the time, the plaintiffs had never heard of the first defendant (Parental Advisory Productions).”
After winning what was arguably the most watched reality show on Mzansi TV, Parental Advisory Productions signed a short-term agreement with the presenters on 9 July 2015.
“Though not specified in the contract, but the contract related to whereof the defendants were filming and producing a reality TV show (Ntombi and Ace) that documents the lives of the plaintiffs’ new found fame after winning the competition on 17 May 2015. One of the terms of the contract stated that the plaintiffs were to be paid R70 000 as remunerations.”
The document suggests Ace and Ntombi stated it was agreed during discussions they’d be paid R100 000 each as remuneration.
The remaining balance of R400 000 would be paid after income was generated from the TV show, broadcast on Mzansi Magic, according to the order.
But Ace and Ntombi’s affidavit states they didn’t receive the agreed upon money despite the show enjoying a large viewership rating.
“The defendants took an unfair advantage of the plaintiffs immediately after the announcement ceremony to start filming and producing the show.”
This week, the managing director Lungile referred our enquiry to the channel.
“We were commissioned to film and produce the show, talk to the broadcaster for more information,” he said.
Siyabonga said the matter was now dealt with, but refused to provide the SunTeam with details.
“We’ve dealt with that, my brother,” he said, then hung up the phone.
Gumede couldn’t be reached for comment and attempts to get a hold of him on all his numbers drew a blank.
M-Net’s head of publicity and social media Nondumiso Mabece said the channel was aware of the dispute.
“Mzansi Magic is aware of the dispute between Parental Advisory Productions and Ace and Ntombi. In our discussions with the production company we were informed that the dispute had been resolved,” she said.