Late rapper, Jabulani “HHP” Tsambo’s estate may be repossessed by banks, according to recent reports, due to a series of overdue home loan payments.
According to Sunday World, a dispute broke out between Nedbank and those entrusted with preserving HHP’s estate last weekend. It is alleged that Nedbank is coming after HHP’s Randpark Ridge home, which he had left to his son, Leano, because the overdue payments amount to a total of nearly R55 000.
But the amount that remains unpaid on the bond entirely is R775 000. The bank feels that this fee is enough for them to repossess and sell the house if a resolution is not reached. Nedbank also alleged that the house owes the City of Johannesburg more than R14 000 in unpaid utilities and rates.
How did this happen, you may ask? The home is owned by HHP's company, Hip Hop Pantsula Productions, but since the rapper’s death, nobody, including his outspoken business partner, has moved in to settle the amount owed.
This is what the court papers filed by Nedbank’s attorneys last week state:
“The defendant failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement by failing to make monthly instalments as contemplated. The monthly instalments as at 2 May 2019 were arrears in an amount of R54 104.56, which the defendant, notwithstanding demand, has failed to pay to the plaintiff.”
But HHP’s family spokesperson, Nkululeko Ncana, has sung a different tune. He slammed the bank for not bothering to contact the family.
He told SowetanLive: “People are cutting corners because the bank did not send any SMSes or letters to the family complaining about the arrears. We are indeed shocked as the family and we will engage the lawyers to deal with the matter accordingly.”
By the look of things, there will be plenty more twists in the complicated tale of HHP’s left-over estate. Earlier this year, there was a battle between HHP’s widow, Lerato Sengadi, and his business partner over who had a right to receive the rapper's Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAMAs.
A month ago, Briefly.co.za reported that it was an emotional moment for fans of the late iconic musician, HHP, when his son, Leano Khanye, received his Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Music Awards. Leano said a few very touching words.
HHP will forever be one of the most iconic musicians in the hip-hop genre. His music has inspired generations to come after him and his fans feel the Lifetime Achievement Award he was honoured with at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) was well-deserved.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that HHP's firsts would be celebrated - everything from him being the first rapper to use a Kwaito beat to being the first artist to successfully have multiple sync deals.
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