Vusi Nova Zahara Somizi

Zahara. Image via Instagram @vusinova1

Zahara’s sister accused of harassing singer’s contacts for money

Zahara’s sisters, Bandezwa and Lumka, are back in the spotlight. This time, for putting her belongings up for sale.

Vusi Nova Zahara Somizi

Zahara. Image via Instagram @vusinova1

Bandezwa Mkutukana-Febana, who is Zahara’s older sister, is accused of harassing the late singer’s cellphone contacts.

A source recently revealed to ZiMoja that Bandezwa kept the award-winning artist’s phone after her passing.

Zahara – real name Bulelwa Mkutukana – passed away at a Johannesburg hospital on 11 December 2023 after spending almost three weeks in the intensive care unit (ICU). She was laid to rest on 23 December in East London.


According to ZiMoja, Bandezwa has been asking Zahara’s contacts to assist her with money for her children’s school fees.

“Things are bad that Zahara’s sisters continue doing shocking things to prove that they don’t care about their late’s sister memory,” said the source.


Shortly after Zahara’s death, Bandezwa and her younger sister, Lumka, were accused of raiding the Phendula hitmaker’s wardrobe.

A picture of Bandezwa wearing a white dress that Zahara reportedly wore during her last show, before her passing, was shared.

In response, Bandezwa, said: “We were just trying them on. What is wrong with that? She is not here anymore.”

These reports came after the two sisters were also accused of using her credit cards to go on a shopping spree while she was hospitalised last year.

However, a day before her funeral, they rubbished the claims in a video shared across social media, saying they had no time to shop because they were worried about the star.


This week, the sisters are back in the news for selling the musician’s belongings.

According to Sunday World, items such as Zahara’s bedroom suite, lounge suite, kitchen supplies, flat-screen TV, her double-door fridge and awards have all gone up for sale.

“They are selling absolutely everything without even consulting her elders at home. That furniture is way too expensive for what they are selling it for. They … really just don’t care about her legacy,” a friend said.

According to a source, the awards, with Zahara’s name inscribed on them, have not received any buyers so far.

“No one has shown interest in buying the awards so far,” said the source.