When Bongani Fassie decided to create a reality show, he had one thing in mind: the truth!
We’ve seen hundreds of celebrity reality shows that showcase a filtered version of a person, but with this one, viewers are getting nothing but honesty and vulnerability. And that’s the content everybody signed up for.
Bongani has confronted a lot of demons on the show – with tears in his eyes at times – and the recent episode was no different. He first dealt with Chicco Twala, who played a very big part in his late mother’s career.
Brenda’s dogs and their names
Bongani shares that Brenda named her pet dogs after the people who had wronged her.
“There is another dog that was black like, it was a typical township dog. A dog that would scare you. That one, Ma-B said she’d call it Chicco,” Bongani said after explaining that Brenda had a few dogs. He said that the “dog” named Chicco once bit him, and he still has the scars to prove it.
Chicco spoke out and said that after Brenda died, everyone else disappeared. “My involvement was to try and make sure that Bongani is okay. I decided with Irvin Schlosberg, the CEO of EMI Records, that look, Brenda is gone, and this boy is on his own,” Chicco said. He added that they decided to do something to make sure that Bongani was taken care of.
However, former journalist and TV personality Kuli Roberts believes that he could have done more. “I’ve heard that Chicco says he did play the father figure role in Bongani’s life. And uhm, that’s great. But clearly he didn’t try enough… Chicco let him down,” she said.
Was Bongani ill-advised?
Chicco feels he did quite a lot and shared that after Brenda passed away, he pushed the sales and about R10 million was raised.
“And then we decided that none of us would be paid royalties. All this money must go into the trust; the estate of Brenda Fassie. Every cent that we raised from the compilations…”
He also revealed that Bongani was advised by some lawyers to take Chicco and the record label to court because he could get more money out of them. After the case was done, there was only R1.1 million left in the account.
“In fact, we had then raised the money to about R13 million. So, all R12 million was gone.” Bongani lost a lot of money because lawyers paid themselves “handsomely”, as Chicco explained.
“So, you can imagine if Bongani had taken that R13 million, earned an interest every month, the boy would be living comfortably.”
Bongani wants his money!
Lance Stehr became the second topic of discussion. Bongani shared: “Lance was asked by MaBrrr to take me in. Why didn’t he take me in when Brenda was alive?”
Bongani was eventually signed by Lance to Ghetto Ruff. “He said there was money, but I didn’t get it.”
Lance revealed that he told Bongani he would assist him with his career and wasn’t interested in anything that had to do with Brenda.
“Whatever Lance said to you, that’s his side… He self-appointed himself as legal guardian. He even wrote it on my passport that he was my legal guardian,” Bongani said.
Mercy Pakela also appeared on the show and had the following to say: “Lance knew what he was doing with Bongani. Bongani didn’t eat so much money, the R12 million you’re talking about. He couldn’t have spent R12 million on drugs.”
Bongani thanked Lance for helping him, but he admits that there are things he can never thank him for. “It was Lance’s people; Lance’s lawyers and connects that helped or tried to help which at the end ended up taking all my money from me.”
Bongani also opened up about what happened to Jozi, the band he formed with Da Les, Ishmael and Crazy Lu. He said he was kicked out, while Lance had a different story. “The group collapsed when Bongani believed he was the group.”
All episodes are available on DStv online until 27 August 2021.