R Kelly to explain South African investment scandal

The Bump N’ Grind hitmaker has been linked to Durban woman Busisiwe Priscilla Zakwe, who is accused of conning thousands of dollars from investors by convincing them to back proposals to bring an R. Kelly tour to the country.

Zakwe claims she deposited 10.5 million South African rands ($1 million/£694,400) into Kelly’s bank account, but the concert plans never came into fruition and the star never set foot in the country.

The defendant, who was arrested in 2005, appeared in Durban Regional Court on Wednesday (18Mar09), when a judge postponed the trial until 6 May (09) to allow state prosecutors to add more charges to the case.

Prosecutor Blackie Swart hopes to establish what involvement, if any, Kelly had in the case, by requesting an explanation from the singer himself.

Swart says, "I sent an email and also faxed a letter to Kelly’s agent last week. We have not received any response from them yet.

"We will contact them if they do not respond because we want to deal with this matter urgently." (contactmusic.com)