SA actress fights for late Zim hubby’s millions

SA actress fights for late Zim hubby’s millions

March 27 2018- A DISPUTE has flared up between SA actress Tina Jaxa who was married to the late Mzansi based Zimbabwean businessman Prosper Mkwaiwa, and consortium PulaNala Mining and Energy over the deceased’s estate.

Jaxa has accused the consortium’s chairman Mafika Sihlali of withholding dividends which were supposed to have been paid into the estate of Mkwaiwa as he was one of the shareholders.

The consortium rejected her claims, saying Mkwaiwa was not entitled to a payout as he was fired before the dividends in question were declared.

Mkwaiwa died after a short illness in 2015 and Jaxa, who was still married to him in community of property, even though they were separated for more than a decade, was appointed an executrix of the estate.

Mkwaiwa a well known music promoter in SA, was behind the work of the likes of Kelly Khumalo, whom he also had a relationship with.

The fight broke out whenher lawyers were winding down the estate. Jaxa discovered that Mkwaiwa was a shareholder in PulaNala Mining and Energy, but the consortium did not pay Mkwaiwa’s portion of the dividends – said to be over R1.4-million – into his estate, allegedly as directed by Sasol and other shareholders.

The funds were paid by Sasol into the coffers of Sasol Limited which last year transferred the funds into the account of PulaNala Mining and Energy.

Sihlali confirmed the consortium did not pay Mkwaiwa’s portion into his estate because they fired him for allegedly opening a parallel company and fraudulently redirecting about R90000 into it.

Pula Nala Mining and Energy denies that Prosper Mkwaiwa’s estate is owed dividends.
Pula Nala Mining and Energy denies that Prosper Mkwaiwa’s estate is owed dividends.
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He also said they opened a case of theft, fraud and forgery against Mkwaiwa at the Sandton Police Station on the eve of his death on January 31 2015.

“We held a board meeting at the SizweNtsalubaGobodo offices in Woodmead where the board decided to fire him.

“We also took a decision to press charges of fraud, forgery and theft against him at the Sandton Police Station on the same day, but unfortunately the case didn’t go anywhere because after we opened it he died the following day,” he said.

Sihlali confirmed they received dividends but said they wouldn’t have paid them into Mkwaiwa’s estate because the consortium was in the negative at the time.

“The dividends were paid about 18 months after he was fired, then how do you claim dividends? It doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Jaxa confirmed she asked PulaNala to pay the dividends into Mkwaiwa’s estate, but declined to comment further and referred us to her lawyer Papi Nyapotse.

Nyapotse confirmed he engaged the board of directors about Mkwaiwa’s portion.

“What we discovered was that the board instructed the chairman to deal with the issue.

“But what we know is that the chairman failed to do that and the portion, which was supposed to have been paid into the estate’s account, is not in PulaNala’s bank account, it’s not there.

“We have an idea where the money could be,” he said.