South Africa’s golden girl Makhadzi was a victim of a crime that nearly went wrong.
The musician was shot at by two gunmen who went on to snatch her cellphone in Garankuwa.
The incident happened at Garankuwa Chesa Nyama were she had been billed to perform.
She was standing outside her car when the two thugs approached her heavily armed with guns.
Makhadzi then ran towards the venue’s entrance together with a dancer who was coming to join her in the parking lot. The shooter then discharged the gun towards her direction, missing her and the dancer. Jamela said no-one was injured in the shooting.
He said Makhadzi had been waiting outside the venue for about four hours to perform when the incident happened. Makhadzi was supposed to have been on stage at 10pm as per contract. He said, however, the organiser kept moving her performance back by an hour until it was 12pm.
According to the statement released by the company, Makhadzi arrived at the venue after 8pm.
“I [as road manager] notified the promoter that we have arrived. The dancers were showed a table to settle [down] and wait. Makhadzi remained in the car to rest and there were no security [guards] around.
“The guy put his gun on Makhadzi’s neck and took her phone from her hand. And when she started screaming and running he [cocked] his gun and shot towards Makhadzi and dancers but missed them.
“Everyone who was at the parking lot ran away. Upon leaving the venue we [Makhadzi, dancer and me] noticed a car following us, we went for the nearest police station. We opened a case at Ga-Rankuwa police station. Police even escorted us out of Ga-Rankuwa.”
Jamela added: “As the company we are shocked by this incident that someone would want to harm one of the country’s superstars. We are happy that she is safe and the dancers [too].