Zahara’s six SAMA awards stolen

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Award-winning singer and songwriter Zahara wants answers after her home in a complex was broken into and six South African Music Award (SAMA) trophies were allegedly stolen.

Zahara, whose real name is Bulelwa Mtukana, said she had been away for the Easter weekend when her Johannesburg home of 10 years was broken into for the first time.

“I left home on the weekend of Easter and returned on Thursday 21 April,” Zahara told Drum.

“There was no break-in at the house. Everything was exactly where I found it. The thief did not take anything else besides the six SAMAs and I want them back.”

The 34-year-old from East London in the Eastern Cape was recently celebrating 11 years since her first tour in 2011, which was named after her first hit song “Loliwe”. And now five albums later Zahara is devastated after her “pride and joy” were stolen.

“I don’t care even if the person leaves them at my gate. I want those awards back,” said Zahara, who has since opened a case with the Honeydew police station. Officers are said to be currently investigating the matter.


The “Phendula” hitmaker has been in the news before for allegedly breaking lockdown rules, after a neighbour in her complex told the police that she was hosting guests at her home.

She reportedly suspects her neighbours, who she says do not like her very much.

“The security at the main gate is tight, no one reported a break-in, and my house was clearly a target, and the people in the complex need to answer,” said Zahara, who now has to find new decorations for her Z-shaped stand which held the six missing trophies in her bar area.

Image source: Drum

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