Mzwakhe Mbuli has 'steered clear' of Ray Phiri's family
Ray Phiri’s family have confirmed that poet Mzwakhe Mbuli has not reached out to them in the wake of ‘funeral scam’ claims that have been leveled against him.
The family of the music veteran said Mzwakhe who has been accused of scamming grieving celebrity families has steered clear of them and had not attempted to get in touch with the family.
"As the family's spokesperson, I can confirm that we have not had any kind of communication or attempts to reach out from Mzwakhe. We have heard the reports but we don't have anything to do with them, or him," Paul Nkanyane said.
Paul explained that the family had an enormous task of organising the veteran's funeral but that the community were helping them.
"Everybody in the community is coming together to help where they can. Ray will have a special provincial funeral, held in Mpumalanga. The details will be confirmed on Monday," he said.
Ray died in the early hours of Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer.
Mzwakhe has hogged headlines over the few days after sports personality Thabiso Mosia claimed that he offered help to grieving families by asking government departments for money, but would allegedly pocket most of the money.
Thabiso further claimed that Mzwakhe would then go back to the family claiming not to have enough money for services, and apparently tried similar antics at the time of Mandoza's death.
Mzwakhe has since denied the allegations. [Read that story here]