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Ifani's pad raided by thugs

HE’S known as the mad-hat rapper whose feel-good rhymes are always good for a laugh.

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But hip-hop artist iFani does not find the scourge of crime funny, especially since he’s been a victim several times.

The Ewe and Milli hitmaker has been left down in the dumps after the latest break-in at his Killarney, Joburg, pad in December.

While iFani was entertaining crowds in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, at the height of the December holidays, criminals cleaned out his apartment and made off with valuables worth more than R200000.

The looted goods included all his studio equipment such as a keyboard, microphones and speakers. He also lost laptops, hard drives, mixers, a TV and surround sound set.

“This is not the first time something like this has happened to me. It’s actually my fourth break-in. I’ve also survived a hijacking before,” said iFani, who is originally from Eastern Cape.

“This is not going to stop me from going forward and focusing on my music.”

He said he was busy putting finishing touches to a new album, which he hoped would be released next month in time for the Easter holiday music rush.

The rapper told Sunday World that police were still investigating the crime.

“We are waiting for finger prints to be identified and the police said it takes about 3 to 4 months. So good luck to me I guess,” he said, adding that he can only “hope for the best outcome”.

iFani said he was not fazed by the theft and is not planning on moving from his comfortable pad. “Crime is scary and it is not a thing that anyone can pride themselves with,” he said.

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Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo of Hillbrow Police Station confirmed a case of housebreaking was opened on December 29 and is still under investigation. No one has been arrested.

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