Actor and musician Zola 7

Musician Zola 7 in the music video of his single ‘Skobho ne-Hennesy’ in 2019. Image via Twitter @jack_bohloko

Zola 7 needs your help: Kwaito star battles chronic illness, medical bills

Zola 7’s manager says he needs the public to assist him to pay his medical bills as the legendary kwaito star is in financial dire straits.

Actor and musician Zola 7

Musician Zola 7 in the music video of his single ‘Skobho ne-Hennesy’ in 2019. Image via Twitter @jack_bohloko

TV personality Bonginkosi “Zola 7” Dlamini desperately needs financial assistance to cover the medical bills for his epilepsy.

The actor and legendary kwaito star, who was diagnosed with epilepsy three years, ago was again in the headlines this past weekend after City Press reported that his management team has allegedly begun a crowdfunding campaign to help fund his medical bills.

Zola 7 photo sparks concern

The musician was also on the Twitter trend list last month after a fan shared a recent photo of him looking frail and thin.

The photo of the actor had fans and his industry friends worried that he is unwell and struggling financially.

In the picture, which was posted by a tweep called @Kamo_marven, Zola, who also presented the SABC1 programme Zola 7, is seen looking frail and thin compared to the man and musician that Mzansi came to know and love over the years.


The Ghetto Fabulous hitmaker confirmed on MacG’s Podcast and Chill that he was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago.

I lost a lot of weight over the past year. I was extremely sick, I was home and I was shaking. Everybody around me was scared I was going to die. I couldn’t eat well. I was eating Mageu, porridge, and fish.

His management team says although the icon is high-spirited despite his mounting medical bills, they are requesting the public for donations.

Fans have asked for details so they can make a donation and have been left frustrated on social media as details of the crowdfunding account haven’t been made public.

There was really no need to put this behind a paywall, you are using his plight for your own selfish reasons. Now we can’t even see the details on how to assist him. You really enjoy humiliating black people.


Sunday World previously reported that the actor suffered an epileptic seizure while driving in March and ran into a spaza shop. He sustained minor injuries on his neck and back.

The spaza shop owners Tsholofelo Mpanzi and Busisiwe Tsitsi called an ambulance to assist.

They also told Sunday World that the media personality never replaced the damaged tables and chairs as promised.

Mpanza and Tsitsi said they contacted the star via SMS and the message read:

Good evening, I hope you are well. You promised to come through today but you didn’t pitch. No communication, nothing. I think I have given you enough time to come and fix the damages that you caused. I’m giving you until Sunday to come and repair all damages. Have yourself a wonderful evening.”

Zola replied:

I’m incapable of coming there. I won’t be for while we. In pain, the car crush hurt me. Amanda are you allowed to have those things out there maybe you owe me.


According to Tufts Medical Centre it isn’t common for epilepsy to go away on its own and that sufferers need medication to control recurring seizures.

About 70% of people with epilepsy can control their seizures with medication or surgery.

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