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Zahara’s home is up for auction!

In a turn of financial events posthumously, the late Bulelwa “Zahara” Mkutukana’s residence, a cherished haven in Little Falls, Roodeport, faced the specter of auctioning.

The acclaimed singer, known for her chart-topping hit “Loliwe,” grappled with home loan defaults, teetering on the brink of losing her upmarket townhouse.

Last year, the stakes were high as Zahara faced a daunting predicament — her home scheduled for auction on May 7, a consequence of missed monthly installments totaling R17,665.

Faced with a six-day grace period to settle her R1.9 million home loan, the singer found herself in dire financial straits.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) reportedly intervened, settling the outstanding debt, a discreet act to rescue Zahara’s residence from the clutches of the auctioneer.

Reports surfaced indicating that the EFF contributed R100,000 to Zahara’s home loan account after her passing in December 2023. Despite this intervention, the singer’s home is once again on the auction block after her untimely demise.

Zahara’s journey with the Little Falls residence began in 2012, a period of career zenith. Living there with her family, the house held cherished memories.

However, the tumultuous financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with Zahara’s departure from TS Records and subsequent challenges as an independent artist, led to financial struggles.

Bookings became scarce, and Zahara faced the usual dry spell accompanying the transition to an independent artist. Despite joining Warner Music, she expressed dissatisfaction, citing minimal impact on her life and continued financial hardship.

In the midst of these challenges, Zahara’s family, aware of her financial struggles, expressed hope that the house could be preserved.

However, post-auction, the family confirmed the sale of the home. A family member lamented the loss, emphasizing Zahara’s hard work and the sentimental value attached to the residence.

The disappointment echoed as the hope for the house to be a lasting monument, housing memories of Zahara’s generosity and hospitality, gave way to its relinquishment.

Zahara, in her lifetime, conveyed a non-materialistic ethos, resilient against the loss of cars and unwavering in her commitment to inspire rather than chase fame or wealth.

Her enduring legacy in the music industry contrasts with the financial complexities that unfolded around her residence, leaving behind a narrative of triumphs, struggles, and the bittersweet departure of a cherished home.

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