R187m deal ‘at centre’ of Lebo M and Pretty Samuels’ divorce

Associates close to Lebo M’s estranged wife Pretty Samuels claim the couple called it quits after the award-winning producer and musician learned he would be getting a $10 million (R187 million) payout for his music catalogue.


According to Sunday World, the sources said that Samuels shared this information as she needed advice after Lebo M, real name Lebohang Morake, refused to pay her spousal maintenance pending the outcome of their divorce proceedings in the Joburg High Court.

“She believes that this offer of $10-million has destroyed her marriage, as Lebo is of the view that she would seek an equitable stake in such an amount.

“She said this was the explanation that she could possibly offer for the sudden shift in the behaviour of Lebo, who she has known for at least 10 years,” said the associates.

Samuels reportedly wants Lebo M to support her financially. This is because he receives royalties from Disney for his music and productions on a monthly basis.

According to the sources, Samuels also wants division of the estate, which includes a R5.5 million property in Pearls of Umhlanga as well as a R1.8 million property in Cedar Acres, Sandton. In addition, she is demanding R2 million from him to cover her legal costs for their pending divorce.

The couple was only married for 18 months before their messy separation. According to a statement by the producer earlier this week, he claimed to have found muthi “tucked away” in Samuels’ closet.

“We were packing her stuff very nicely so that when she is ready to come collect her belongings she can pick them up,” the producer said.

At the time, a source who spoke to ZiMoja said that pink and blue cleansing salts, called iziwasho, among other traditional medicines.

“Pink salts, blue salts, and some stuff that you put under your tongue and mouth – according to instructions,” said the source.

On a tree on the west wing of the home, Lebo M’s assistant and helper found isibopho –which, according to reality TV star and sangoma Gogo Skhotheni, is used to bind the relationship so it never ends.

In August last year, Lebo M claimed that he was calling off their wedding because Samuels refused to sign an affidavid confirming that she had not opened any life cover policies in his name.