Brenda Fassie’s son Bongani Fassie, who this week publicly bragged he was rich after inheriting his mother’s R20-million estate, is facing eviction from his Johannesburg apartment for failing to pay rent for almost three months.
Bongani, a hip-hop artist who was also part of revered hip-hop ensemble Jozi, has been given an ultimatum by his landlord Landsford “Livas” Japhet to settle his arrears by the end of this month or be evicted.
Fassie is allegedly over R34000 in arrears after failing to pay his R1300 rent per night at Japhet’s apartment, which he turned into a motel.
Japhet confirmed Bongani defaulted on his rent, but declined to comment further.
“This is the business between me and Bongani, so I can’t comment on it,” he said.
Bongani refuted he has defaulted on his rent payments.
“It is the wrong Bongani situation you are talking about man. I thought you were calling me about the song that I’m doing with Busi, but I can’t really comment on the matter you are talking about,” he said.
News that Bongani was struggling to make ends meet was leaked by a record company official whom Japhet begged to bail the singer out.
The official, who didn’t want to be named for fear of jeopardising his relationship with the rapper, said Bongani was pooling wool over the public’s eye when he said he inherited millions from his mother.
The source said Bongani was struggling to pay rent where he and his girlfriend and two children lived.
“He (Japhet) phoned me and asked me to bail Bongani out, and when I said I don’t have the money he wanted, he said he would kick him out. I think he brought that unto himself.
“How do you publicly say you have R20-million and you don’t even feel like producing music because you are rich while you know that you are struggling?
“That boy has nothing, he has no car and has no house. The landlord has been phoning people who are close to him and asking them to pay for his rent,” said the music boss.
The mole said Bongani was over R40000 in arrears in March, but paid about R15000 late last month after a good Samaritan came to his rescue.
An artist, who also didn’t want to be named, said the landlord phoned his friend who is also a musician, and asked him to pay rent for Bongani.
“My friend refused because every time he gives Bongani money he just blows it on useless things,” said the musician.
The artist confirmed Japhet asked him to pay rent for Bongani. “I just ignored him, that boy has issues.
“You give him money today and tomorrow it’s finished on things that he can’t even point at,” he said.