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Famous and broke: Female celebs who allegedly date for cash

Nota Baloyi made it known that female celebrities date wealthy sugar daddies for cash to foot their lavish lives.

Mzansi was puzzled after Baloyi shared a Twitter thread taking a swipe at female celebrities and their soft life.

His thread was directed to legend Winnie Mashaba. However, the tweet has since implicated several celebrities in the mix.

“Winnie Mashaba can’t afford a Ben10 in real life. Your female celebrities are all broke women. Every single one of them is a broke woman. What’s worse is that they don’t even have rich fathers, they date men with money thinking they’re dating someone’s rich father. Get a degree ho!”


In the mix of things, we have connected the dots on several celebrities rumoured to have been in relationships of convenience for money.

According to the rumour mill, here is a list of female celebs who allegedly dated for cash.

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DJ Thuli Phongolo. Image from Instagram@thuliphongolo

Alleged affair of Edwin Sodi and Minnie Dlamini

According to ZAlebs, Minnie Dlamini was allegedly rumoured to be Edwin Sodi’s sidekick. Controversial blogger Musa Khawula went on drop Edwin Sodi’s hit list, which left Mzansi puzzled. The female celebrity hit list included:

  • Kefilwe Mabote
  • Minnie Dlamini
  • Jub Jub’s girlfriend, Matsatsi Rampa
  • Mihlali Ndamase
  • Karen Zulu
  • Kat Ncala
  • Disebo Makatsa (Dj Sbu’s ex)
  • Thuli Phongolo
  • Olivia Stephan
  • Lizelle Tabane
  • Sebabatso Mothibi


Reports have it that several female celebrities allegedly date for cash despite being famous. Here is a timeline of celebs who have been rumoured to date for cash.

Mandla Mthembu and Khanyi Mbau

Topping Mzansi’s list of female celebs who allegedly date for cash is Khanyi Mbau. She once dated on-time billionaire Mandla Mthembu who was older than her. Despite having a 30-year gap, Mbau was unbothered since her financial needs were being met.

Cindy Makhathini and Minister Malusi Gigaba

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Influencer Cindy Makhathini. Image from Twitter@cindymakhathin

According to Savanna News, Makhathini is also amongst the female celebs who allegedly date for cash. Her affair with Gigaba has seen her listed amongst celebs who allegedly date rich men for soft life.

At 17, she hogged headlines when she was implicated in an affair with former Minister of Finance of South Africa, Malusi Gigaba.

Faith Nketsi and Nzuzo Njilo

Nketsi has also been listed amongst female celebs who date for cash. According to Savanna News, the two allegedly called it quits after Njilo’s pockets ran dry. Speaking on the fallout, Nketsi’s close friend revealed that they thought he was rich but later discovered he was embroiled in debts and fraud cases. They are yet to address if they called it quits or not.

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