Dineo Ranaka have been slapped with an R18 000 bill for failing to pitch for an event because she allegedly had to attend Somizi and Mohale’s wedding, Sunday World reports!etro FM presenter and DJ
According to the publication on September 28, Dineo Ranaka was allegedly scheduled to perform in East London, Eastern Cape for Reezyville Birthday wave party.
They also report that in a letter of demand sent to Dineo Ranaka and her management team in November last year by promoter Luyolo Ziwele from East London, Dineo Ranaka failed to honor her bookings.
They further report that according to the letter, Luyolo Ziwele paid Dineo Ranaka a deposit of R12 000 and forked out about R6000 in traveling costs following a verbal agreement in September.
It is also reported that the letter of demand was sent by Luyolo Ziwele’s legal representatives Njuze Attorneys.
“Our client complied with the terms of the agreement and deposited an amount of R12 000.00 into your account. Proof of payment is attached hereto marked C,” reads the document.
“Travelling costs were paid by our clients and proof of bookings amounting to R6 203.00 is attached marked as D.”
The Sunday World reports that the proof of payment, flight bookings and screenshots of WhatsApp conversations between Ranaka and Ziwele leading up to the scheduled day of performance has been seen by the paper.
“Our clients hereby demand that you pay them an amount of R18 203.00 within 10 days of receipt of this letter, failing which our clients will take appropriate legal action against you, at your cost.”
Speaking to the publication, Luyolo Ziwele claimed that Dineo Ranaka called two days before the event saying she would not be available.
“It has been nine months now. Can she please do the right things,,” said Luyolo Ziwele as quoted by the paper.
“She cancelled two days before, as she said she was going to attend Somizi’s wedding. She promised to refund our money, but till today she has blocked me on every social platform.”
According to the paper Dineo Ranaka’s booking manager, Liberty Nyati, who spoke on behalf of the DJ confirmed the oral agreement and deposit.
Liberty Nyati said: “Prior to the agreement of reimbursing the booking fee, we had negotiated with the promoter to give our DJ an alternative date as had been done with other DJs.”
Dineo Ranaka’s booking manager added that the team is yet to reimburse the promoter.
“The problem is the promoter demanded that we reimburse him for the booking fee [R12000] which was discounted and is not our standard out-of-town booking fee. He demanded we pay flights, accommodation, and advertisements costs, as we as the event cost(s) fo which we totally disagreed,” said Liberty Nyati as quoted by the publication.
The paper reports that Dineo Ranaka and her management requested the promoter to give them another date.
“… We humbly and apologetically made as many suggestions as possible to resolve the matter, but the promoter remained arrogant and aggressive in his responses. We will refund him, but we refuse to pay up for accommodation and travel, especially since he was given a discounted rate due to his complaint about having a limited budget.
“We had hoped to build a mutually beneficial relationship with the promoter, however, in his rage, he arrogantly declared that he wants nothing to do with our talent for the unfortunate and innocent error of faulty scheduling,” said Dineo Ranaka’s booking manager as quoted by the Sunday paper.
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