[WATCH]: MaMkhize takes the hot seat over criminal past

Before finding favour as Royal Am soccer boss and reality TV star figure “MaMkhize”, Shauwn Mkhize (nee Mpisane) often hogged the headlines over her alleged dodgy business dealings and fraud conviction.

And those allegations of her criminal past will be explored in a sit-down interview with Carte Blanche this Sunday.

A clip of what’s in store in the explosive expose has been posted on social media.

MAMKHIZE TAKES THE HOT SEAT IN CARTE BLANCHE INTERVIEW

In a clip posted on their X account, MaMkhize is seen answering some difficult questions about her past.

“You were found guilty of fraud,” Carte Blanche journalist Govan Whittles asks the flashy star.

She responds defensively: “But it can’t be me because that wasn’t me… it’s the company”.

A flamboyant businesswoman and convicted fraudster… She says labelling her a convicted fraudster is false and defamatory. But does she have a clean sheet?  That’s #CarteBlanche this Sunday at 7pm on @MNet channel 101. pic.twitter.com/9H5PpLTkrg

— Carte Blanche (@carteblanchetv) April 17, 2024

The 49-year-old – who recently celebrated her birthday – is referring to a 2005 conviction for VAT fraud.

In 2013, MaMkhize – then married to Metro Cop turned tenderprenuer Sbu Mpisane – was arrested on charges of fraud and forgery.

According to IOL, the Durban businesswoman was awarded over R140m worth of government tenders through her company, Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance, and Transport, after supplying false information to the Construction Industry Development Board.

The tenders were made for several low-cost housing projects over the years.

The charges were later dropped after the state failed to provide a forensic report.

Shauwn ‘MaMkhize’ Mkhize recently celebrated her birthday. Images: Instagram @kwa_mammkhize

In another case, MaMkhize faced 119 counts of tax fraud of up to R5 million for submitting fake invoices. She later blamed the oversight on her bookkeeper, Kishal Reddy, who pleaded guilty while she pleaded not guilty.

According to Mail & Guardian, she was also charged with corruption for allegedly trying to persuade a state witness in one of her tax fraud cases to tamper with evidence.

All charges were later withdrawn, and Shauwn walked out of the court as a free woman.

Despite her charges and previous conviction, MaMkhize received over R1 billion over the years in government tenders, claimed the Sunday Times.

“Glitz, glamour and fraud…Can fame and fortune get you a clean slate?” Carte Blanche said of the upcoming episode.

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When it comes to MaMkhize and her ex-husband, Sbu Mpisane, there are plenty of skeletons in their closet.

They include:

Lavish parties at their La Lucia mansion featuring a questionable VIP list of political connections

Friendship with Minister of Police Bheki Cele, who appeared on her yacht in an Instagram post last year

Allegations on non-payment of Royal AM players and staff in 2023

Handing out cash to the players following a match in 2021

Owing Sars “millions” in tax

Having their home raided by the Asset Forfeiture Unit in 2013

Shoddy construction work undertaken by their company as part of their lucrative housing contracts.