Dr Malinga

Dr Malinga has denied claims he purchased a R5 million McLaren sports car.
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‘Thanks, bye!’: Dr Malinga sets record straight on McLaren claims

Dr Malinga has admonished the assumptions of fans who reacted to a viral clip of him driving a R5 million McLaren sports car…

Dr Malinga

Dr Malinga has denied claims he purchased a R5 million McLaren sports car.
Image via Twitter

Shortly after Dr Malinga was spotted driving a red McLaren – just months after pleading poverty – fans of the muso are demanding answers.

This, after a clip of the artist parading in the luxury sports car, went completely viral.

But following the backlash, the artist – whose real name is Goodwill Malinga – has set the record straight on assumptions he used cash donations to purchase the flashy ride.


On Friday, Dr Malinga shared a clip of him driving a R5 million red McLaren. In the video, the star is seen doing his signature dance moves to the tune of his song Ngiyabonga Nkosi.

But the move was a surprising one for followers of the star. In September claimed in a Podcast and Chill episode that the South African Revenue Services (SARS) had slapped him with a R2 million bill.

As such, the hitmaker had much of his assets – including his car and furniture – auctioned to pay towards the penalty.

But following the furore, Dr Malinga slammed the assumption made by many fans that the luxury car was his.

He told TimesLive: “It’s not my car, it’s just a video. I never wrote that the car is mine. It’s my friend’s car, not my car”.

He added: “For now, I cannot afford such a car. Even if I had the money I wouldn’t buy that car now. That car is too small for me, I love big cars. Buying a McLaren for me is the last resort”.

On why he believed fans jumped to the wrong conclusion, Dr Malinga added: “I think the song is what misled them. Because I’m thanking God. They might have thought I was thanking God for the car.”

Dr Malinga added that he was grateful for the generosity of the public, who helped him in a dire situation. However, he had a message for his critics.

He continued: “The money that they donated helped a lot, I paid R100,000 to Sars and now I am getting booked and getting the booking money … You don’t help people and expect them not to grow. Though some will say cars are not investment, sometimes it’s an investment in your happiness.

“Some people are just acting like they invested. Those that are giving me backlash are the people that didn’t contribute at all, they just like fighting. And even if I bought it, sometimes when you donate, you donate for someone to grow not to kill him …”


Following his emotional appearance on Podcast and Chill, Dr Malinga was inundated with support from the public, who raised over R100 000 to help him.

Fellow artist Black Coffee also helped out, donating R20 000, whilst singer Makhadzi offered him a supporting act spot on her “One Woman” show.

During his interview with MacG, Dr Malinga claimed that he was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw his live performances dry up.