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Tich Mataz Bought 9 Houses, 25 Cars In South Africa Before Being Deported “I Should Have Invested In Zimbabwe”

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“I Should Have Invested In Zimbabwe” – Tich Mataz Speaks Buying 9 Houses, 25 Cars In South Africa Before Being Deported

Media personality Tich Mataz has opened up on some of his regrets saying that he should have invested more in Zimbabwe. The media personality, real name Tichafa Matambanadzo, revealed that during his glory days, he bought at least 9 houses and had 25 top of the range cars in South Africa.

Tich Mataz, who shot to fame as one of the hottest radio personalities in South Africa in the 1990s was later deported from the country and was forced to leave some of his houses and properties.

In an interview on the Denny J show with Boyz DzeTonaz, Tich Mataz revealed the great success he achieved in his early twenties.

“Remember I was a businessman as well. I had a communications company, Khulumani Communications, which handled a lot of corporate communications there, I had an investment company, I had a nightclub, I was doing some big deals at government level, I was buying some fancy cars. At one time, and it was stupid of me, I had like 25 brand new cars.

“I was the first guy to have a kicking nightclub, Rosebank, when South Africa was crossing over from being an apartheid state to an independent state… I used to do some serious private parties with the likes of Miss South Africa, beautiful women.

“Before you knew where one could get on a Learjet, we used to visit three states in one weekend. We would go to Johannesburg, Windhoek and maybe Harare…I was the first guy to buy an off-roader in SA, BMW took notice, and they then brought in their first 4×4, an X5, and I was the first guy to drive it in Johannesburg. I was the first non-performing athlete to be a brand ambassador for Reebok South Africa,” as quoted by Sunday News.

The entertainer was deported from South Africa in 1998 after he was discovered to have fraudulently acquired a South African identity document. He also did not have a valid work permit, as it had expired in March 1995.

According to Home Affairs spokesman Manase Makwela, the authorities only looked into Mataz’s citizenship after he applied for a passport so that he could travel to Burkina Faso to represent the SABC at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Tich Mataz did not directly respond to the allegations. He cryptically said,

“I was a millionaire at 25-years-old. I was living in South Africa and at the time I went everywhere.

“I went to Jamaica just to see where Bob Marley had been born, I went to his shrine, his museum because I had the money. I went to see Michael Jackson do his last official concert; the History Tour in Prague I was there.

“…I was really privileged to do some crazy things when I was young. So, if a guy is doing well, making money, why on earth would I try to turn my legal status into an illegal one? But sometimes it’s not up to you, is it?”

“I Should Have Invested In Zimbabwe” – Tich Mataz Speaks Buying 9 Houses, 25 Cars In South Africa Before Being Deported
Tich Mataz Speaks on Buying 9 Houses, 25 Cars In South Africa Before Being Deported

He went on to say that some people in South Africa may have turned on him due to xenophobic sentiments, as he was a foreigner who was doing too well.

“When you grow up you understand perspective. You begin to see things from an eagle’s viewpoint. If some guy from Malawi comes into this country and takes over the marketplace, becomes the hottest guy on TV, the very nature of the Zimbabwean or any other human being would be to ask ‘who exactly is this guy? Isn’t there someone else who can do what he does?’

“I ruffled a lot of feathers, and even though I had favour in some of the highest offices, the one thing I should have known is that when a king leaves his country for another, he does not remain king even there.

“When I got there, I was blinded by all the excitement, money was flowing. I was not able to read what was happening within my surroundings.

“So, while I was excited, I was happy and I was doing well, others were not. I could have done things very differently. I could have and I should have.”

Tich Mataz went on to say that he regrets not investing more in Zimbabwe as his business empire crumbled after he was deported from South Africa.

“It was silly and I see it now that I’m older…when you’re young, you think the money will never be finished. I had a his and hers safe.

“My wife had her own safe and I had a jeweler designer…I had three personal houses and for investment I had another five or six.

“So, I had nine or ten houses in total. At the time you’re thinking I’m never going back to Zimbabwe, but I should have bought houses here. I did buy for my mother and father for example, but I should have done my investment in Zimbabwe.

“…I could have interacted very differently with some of the people that I felt were family and friends. My son is South African, he was born there, and at the time there were a lot more reasons why I should have continued in South Africa than being booted out.

-iharare.com

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