In recent days, Actress Samkelo Ndlovu has found herself at the center of both grief and controversy. As the nation grapples with the loss of Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Samkelo shared an emotional letter on Instagram dedicated to her best friend, media personality Lumko Johnson. However, the shocking news of Lumko’s passing, confirmed by her family, has left many in disbelief.
A Heartfelt Farewell
In her heartfelt message, Samkelo expressed profound sorrow, struggling to convey the depth of her grief. She fondly recalled Lumko’s unique qualities, from her infectious laughter to her penchant for sharing quirky yet enlightening music trivia. Fans have flooded Samkelo with condolence messages and words of comfort during this difficult time.
A Cherished Friendship
Samkelo also cherished Lumko’s unwavering concern for her well-being, lamenting the fact that she would never again hear Lumko’s distinctive way of calling out her full name over the phone. Their friendship, built on trust and shared experiences, is a testament to the deep connections that can form in the world of entertainment.
Financial Dispute Controversy
In a separate turn of events, Samkelo Ndlovu has found herself in the midst of a financial dispute involving a Bolt taxi driver. This controversy comes in the wake of the cancellation of the TV series “Rhythm City,” which left many actors and actresses without work.
According to reports, a taxi driver named Nkosi alleged that on June 10th, he drove Samkelo from Sandton to Johannesburg. Upon reaching the destination, Samkelo appeared to have paid the fare but vanished after the payment was made. Nkosi described the incident, revealing that he had to remind Samkelo that it was a cash-only trip upon arrival.
Misunderstandings and Fraudulent Vouchers
Samkelo claimed to have misunderstood the purpose of the trip, as she intended to pay with her card. She then offered to settle the fare through her mobile banking app and sent a voucher to Nkosi. However, it later came to light that the voucher was fraudulent.
Physical Obstruction and Past Accusations
When Nkosi confronted Samkelo about the fraudulent voucher and demanded his payment of R106, reports suggest that she physically obstructed him from retrieving the money. This incident is not the first time Samkelo has faced accusations of financial misconduct. In 2021, she was accused of failing to split a payment with DJ Lesedi after a joint performance at an event in Pretoria, despite being instructed to do so.
These recent controversies surrounding financial disputes have cast a shadow over Samkelo’s reputation, raising questions about her financial integrity and behavior. While fans mourn the loss of Lumko Johnson and offer their condolences, the actress finds herself under scrutiny for her involvement in these disputes. The unfolding events serve as a reminder of the complexities of fame and the challenges that can accompany it.