It seems the making of Brenda Fassie’s Biopic is brewing conflicts between her lifetime manager Chicco Thwala & her son Bongani Fassie who seem to have more unresolved issues on their platters. Monday it was reported that Chicco planned to take legal against the production of the film for not being consulted as someone who worked so closely with her. Bongani said Chicco has no rights over her mother or the Fassie family so the film will happen with or without his consent.
In an interview with TshisaLive publication Chicco said that Bongani has been doing nothing but sucking money out of him.
Chicco claimed that he gave Bongani over R200,000 in February last year to get him out of financial troubles, only for Bongani to allegedly return a few weeks later and ask him for more money.
When Chicco allegedly refused, the pair had a disagreement, which Thwala believes may have fueled Bongani’s decision to exclude him from Brenda Fassie’s Biopic.
“He is trying to play the victim. He knows where the money went. He knows the money went to drugs. I am not a drug addict, I do not drink. I do not smoke. I am very responsible. These people chow money recklessly and they want money for drugs. It is not fair.”
The veteran singer further claimed that his legal actions towards the Biopic was not about making money from the film but about making sure Brenda was portrayed in the right way in it.
“It is not about the money. I am not against them shooting the film. Even when he told me about the film with a UK company, I told him we can make a great film together. But I was not consulted. I don’t want the money. I don’t want a cent of it. I just want Brenda to be represented properly and not painted in the wrong light. They don’t know anything about her. The people who were close to her and could give the truth about her life must be involved. If she died of drugs, let’s not say she died of asthma,” he said.
He confirmed that his lawyers were serving the producers of the film with legal papers to stop the film going ahead and said that he would not back down until they include him or put an end to the project.
“If they want to talk, I will talk but remember that I own a large majority of her music and I won’t allow them to use any of it in the film. I am not trying to stop the film, I just want them to do it properly,” he concluded.