Zandie Khumalo-Gumede has rubbished claims that she is using her recent family drama to promote her new music

The singer shocked her fans earlier this month when she announced that she is divorcing her “toxic” sister following drama over an allegedly booking scam involving her husband Mhlo Gumede.

The drama started when event organiser Bhekani Ndlovu accused Mhlo of using the Khumalo sisters’ name to swindle him out of money.

Bhekani claimed that he paid Mhlo R15 000 to secure a gig with Kelly and Vusi Nova.

Vusi denied having any knowledge of the booking. Kelly released a statement saying that she did not know about the gig either. 

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“With all due respect, Mhlo Gumede is my sister’s husband and manager NOT my bookings manager nor part of my team, never was and never will be,” she said.

A furious Zandie clapped back at her sister. She labelled Kelly’s statement “haphazard, premature and unnecessary”.

Zandie slammed Kelly for putting her husband on blast and aired their dirty laundry while she was at it. 

“The first and the last time I went to jail was because of her, the first time I was questioned by the police and even put on a lie detector test it was because of her, the first time I saw drugs with my own eyes it was from her, today I’m known as an accessory to murder and it’s because of her,” she wrote in a since deleted post. 

Zandie added that if she started telling people what’s hiding in Kelly’s closet their “jaws will drop”. 

She concluded the statement by saying that she was looking forward to promoting the two singles she had coming out. 

Whilst many social media users were shocked by the sisters’ spicy statements, some believed that the whole thing was a publicity stunt

“Kelly Khumalo & Zandi Khumalo are creating a storyline for Kelly’s reality show and some buzz for Zandi’s upcoming singles. Sebenzani bo girl! We see you,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another added: “Lol! Yep and Kelly Khumalo go like I’m not gonna address anything on Twitter pls catch my first episode on the 2nd of March (whenever her show starts) to address this matter! And we all run to her first episode for umgozi o ngekho 😂. And Zandile is pushing her new singles.”

But Zandile, whose new single Akwanele was released on Friday, says that the family feud is the real deal

“My statement was not a publicity stunt. Why would I go to social media and do that?” she told TshisaLIVE.

It’s unclear if Zandie and Kelly are on speaking terms. They do not follow each other on Instagram.

Zandie is leaving the drama in the past and focusing all her energy on her music.

“I’m over the moon about my new song. It means a lot to me. God has done so much for me and I’m grateful for everything that I have.”