Award-winning Afro-pop star, Nathi Mankayi, has said he didn't rob anyone after rumours popped up of him and two others assaulting and stealing from someone. Nathi is asking Mzansi to not judge him by his past.
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It was earlier reported that Nathi Mankayi was arrested in connection with a business robbery that he, along with two other friends, was accused of committing last year at the offices of former boss, China Mpololo.
According to SowetanLIVE, the star spent the night behind bars at the Bramley police station in Johannesburg. The police station's spokesperson, Capt Molefe Mogodi, confirmed the incident and Manyaki's arrest. He said the trio went to Mpololo's offices where they stole equipment including laptops, cellphones, landline phones and printers.
However, Nathi insists that he is innocent, and that he did not rob anybody.
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Taking to social media, Nathi said he was actually robbed, not the other way around.
"I want to address the things that were written about me. That I was involved in a robbery and arrested for it. I just want clarify that it isn't true. I am still here and I didn't rob anybody.
"On the contrary, I was robbed. I want people to think about this clearly, how could I rob a person I had employed to work for me?"
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Briefly.co.za gathered that the pop star asked people to look past the things he did in the past.
"What I've realised is that our people, black people, will use a person's past to remove them from where they are. Yes, I was arrested a long time ago, but I moved past that. I am not that person anymore.
"It was really hurtful to see the things people said. People said things like 'Once a jailbird, always a jailbird'. Others said 'he's just going back to what he knows'. Those things are extremely painful.
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However, The Sowetan does not plan to retract its story.
"We stand by our story. This was confirmed by the South African Police Service to The Sowetan that Mr Mankayi had been arrested and charged with business robbery. Sowetan has not received any complaints from Mr Mankayi or his manager."
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